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Cities of the Plain: The Border Trilogy, Book 3 | [Cormac McCarthy]

Cities of the Plain: The Border Trilogy, Book 3

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.
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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.

©1998 Cormac McCarthy (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Josh PROVO, UT, United States 03-12-12
    Josh PROVO, UT, United States 03-12-12
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    "Perhaps the best of "The Border Trilogy"!"
    Would you listen to Cities of the Plain again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Cities of the Plain to and why?

    Cities of the Plain is in some ways an


    What does Frank Muller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Why haven't you already bought this? GET IT NOW AND READ/LISTEN TO IT!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 05-18-15
    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 05-18-15 Member Since 2015

    I'm an avid listener who is always in search of another good listen. And I'm willing to share my thoughts with an occasional review.

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    "Story is just too depressing for my taste."
    What did you like best about Cities of the Plain? What did you like least?

    Cormac's descriptions are wonderful. And his equine knowledge and understanding are spot on. But his philosophical narratives tend to ramble on. His characters are plain folks with virtually no formal schooling. And yet he allows a few of them to wax on about rather advanced philosophies that just do not match up with their cognitive backgrounds.


    Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

    Muller really did a superb job with the Mexican characters.


    Any additional comments?

    The story line is simple, predictable and sad. Unless you enjoy depressing stories, you should steer clear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debra raleigh, NC, United States 04-20-15
    Debra raleigh, NC, United States 04-20-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Should have been titled differently"

    Pretty good story,I think. The scenes change so abruptly it was sometimes hard to know what was happening. The main plot line about a young cowboy in love had nothing to do with Cities of the Plain. The reader was excellent.

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    Cliff 04-16-15
    Cliff 04-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    makes me want to learn Spanish, still a great listen. Muller rules every single time

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    Tanner 04-06-15
    Tanner 04-06-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Beautiful"

    Met and surpassed expectations, filled with philosophy, love, action and some sense of relief. (These are my six more words)

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    Tyler 03-14-15
    Tyler 03-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "An incredible culmination"

    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.

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    Renee Been 02-10-15
    Renee Been 02-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    Sensitive,authentic,powerful. A good read to get the flavor of the West. Iwill buy the hard copy of this book.

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    Otm Shank Canada 01-23-15
    Otm Shank Canada 01-23-15
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    "Top-notch narration!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dylan Clayton, CA, United States 12-18-14
    Dylan Clayton, CA, United States 12-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Ending to the Trilogy"
    What did you love best about Cities of the Plain?

    Cormac McCarthy is the greatest living novelist. This book is a great ending to the series, and certainly better than 'The Crossing,' which fell a little flat. John Grady Cole is the same stubborn, horse obsessed cowboy we've known and again he's at a crossroads that he can't see is a crossroads for he thinks the choice is not a choice at all but already made as f made from the beginning and he's willing to go to any extreme as if that too were unchangeable.


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    Frank Muller has the greatest range of any narrator, only Ray Porter comes close. Frank Muller's reading of 'The Prince of Tides' was the most incredible reading I've ever heard.


    Any additional comments?

    For newcomers to Cormac McCarthy, start with 'All the Pretty Horses' or 'The Road' and then go past 'The Crossing' right to this book and then finish with 'Suttree' then 'Blood Meridian' last.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Greer, SC, United States 09-11-12
    Mike Greer, SC, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2008
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    "great lisyen"
    Would you listen to Cities of the Plain again? Why?

    Yes. Reader and story are excellent


    What did you like best about this story?

    McCarthy describes things so beautifully that you think you are there


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    Good voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    fight scene near end


    Any additional comments?

    sometimes difficult to know who is speaking in the book, but this is true about most of Marcarthy's books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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