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Cities of the Plain Audiobook
Cities of the Plain
Written by: 
Cormac McCarthy
Narrated by: 
Frank Muller
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Cities of the Plain Audiobook

Cities of the Plain: The Border Trilogy, Book Three

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Publisher's Summary

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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    B. H. Taylor Texas, United States 02-09-16
    B. H. Taylor Texas, United States 02-09-16 Member Since 2001
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    "Read to us always, won't you, Frank?"

    Writer and reader, exemplars both, create a model for the form, dancer becomes the dance.

    2 of 2 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 2016

    I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Josh Salt Lake City, UT, United States 03-12-12
    Josh Salt Lake City, 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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Phoenix Arizona 04-01-16
    Kimberly Phoenix Arizona 04-01-16 Member Since 2011

    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

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    "a true western"

    it has everything..love horses and betrayal the ending left me gasping and fighting tears..well done

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    john 03-28-16
    john 03-28-16
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    "amazing story, superb writing"

    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.

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    Michael 06-26-15
    Michael 06-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The best Cormack yet !"

    Memorizing !!!!!!! Who is this man ?......really unique unique unique unique unique unique unique unique unique unique unique unique unique unique .

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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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    "Muller brings the characters to life
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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
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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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