In his novels, best-selling author Cormac McCarthy creates a western landscape filled with characters that are both mythic and authentic. Cities of the Plain, the stunning conclusion of his award-winning Border trilogy, brings together John Grady Cole and Billy Parham—the two lifelong friends who began their adventures in All the Pretty Horses. It is 1952. As Grady and Billy work a remote New Mexico ranch, Grady falls in love with a young Mexican prostitute. Determined to free her from her owner, Grady embarks on his dangerous quest of the heart. Billy tries to protect and help him, but the forces at work soon demand sacrifices greater than either can control. Capturing visions of the American West during its last decades, McCarthy’s powerful work is destined to leave a permanent mark on contemporary literature.
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I have recently become a HUGE McCarthy fan due to taking a college class on him and I have to see that Cities of the Plain is truly one of the best books I've ever listened to/read. I will most certainly be listening to Frank Muller's interpretation again, because despite his difficulty in differentiating in voice between all the cowboys, he acts them all very well.
Cities of the Plain is in some ways an
For me, the scenes between John Grady and Billy just became more personal. They may argue a lot, but you can get a real feel for their undying friendship with each other.
Well, the whole thing really :). This is an outstanding book. But probably the most moving part is the conclusion and the conversation that Billy has with a blind man. I won't give anything away, but let it be said that McCarthy's sages are always profound, and the one Billy encounters in this novel is no exception.
Why haven't you already bought this? GET IT NOW AND READ/LISTEN TO IT!
"It is the business of the times to change...and the business of gentlemen to change with them." ~Amor Towles in "Rules of Civility"
I read/listened to each installment of Border series in sequential order. Each story stands skyscraper-tall on its own. “Cities of the Plain” is no exception. Cormac McCarthy is consistent without being formulaic. His writing is engaging, sucking you into his landscape where you can feel the Spanish and prairie dust rolling off your tongue. What I like and admire most about the way he spins a tale, is that his lyrical prose does not interfere with the grit of the story and the intimacy you feel with each character. Without saying too much, there was some degree of predictability early in the story. This does not detract from the enjoyment or suspense because, as with all his narratives, McCarthy delivers a well-spun, fully satisfying yarn with strong characters who have all manner of conflicts, motives, duplicity, and likability.
Having said that, the first installment, “All The Pretty Horses,” is my favorite but this one (the third and last) “Ciites of the Plain” is a close second.
Narrator Richard Poe excelled in his performance. Let’s face it, there was only one Frank Mueller (may he rest in peace), but Poe performs in his own applaudable light.
If you've ever wondered how much difference a narrator can make, just listen to this audiobook which is superbly narrated by Frank Mueller. The novel itself is also excellent although slightly marred by a wholly unnecessary and quite unlikely epilogue. Otherwise a fantastic Western - probably the best I've read / heard.
McCarthy is an artist. He paints pictures with words so vivid that I see his landscape more clearly than what's actually in front of me, as I listen to his words read aloud. If there's any criticism, and I'm sorry that I found it distracting, but Muller's performance was much more affected...more breathy...than his reading of All the Pretty Horses, which was phenomenal. I did overcome it, but almost gave and read it from the book myself. I'm glad I stuck it out, and I will miss these great characters. Brilliant.
Iam a 51 year old truckdriver I listen to Audible every day the books on sale makes the time fly and the miles roll on by
it has everything..love horses and betrayal the ending left me gasping and fighting tears..well done
Frank Muller's narration was pretty good but not as good as it was on All the Pretty Horses. There's a weird whisper thing with this narration, and I had to work hard to not let it get in the way of my enjoyment. that being said, he still did an excellent job of portraying each character differently and with a voice suited to each.
Extremely hard to get an audiobook of The Crossing. All three books are amazing. John Grady Cole is a fantastic character. Billy Parham too. Some deep emotional responses to some incredibly true, incredibly deep, and incredibly brutal events. Doesn't get much better.
if you have read or listened to the first two in the trilogy this is a must.
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