Llewelyn Moss is hunting antelope near the Texas-Mexico border when he stumbles upon several dead men, a big stash of heroin, and more than two million dollars in cash. He takes off with the money, and the hunter becomes the haunted. A drug cartel hires a former Special Forces agent to track down the loot, and a ruthless killer joins the chase as well. Also looking for Moss is the aging Sheriff Bell, a World War II veteran who may be Moss' only hope for survival.
Raw and lean, No Country for Old Men is another masterpiece from one of America's acclaimed novelists.
©2005 Cormac McCarthy; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LCC
"No Country for Old Men gets off to a riveting start as a sort of new wave, hard-boiled Western....Harrowing, propulsive drama." (The New York Times)
"A mesmerizing modern-day western....While the action of the novel thrills, it's the sensitivity and wisdom of Sheriff Bell that makes the book a profound meditation on the battle between good and evil and the roles choice and chance play in the shaping of a life." (Publishers Weekly)
"Shades of Dostoyevsky, Hemingway, and Faulkner resonate in McCarthy's blend of lyrical narrative, staccato dialogue, and action-packed scenes splattered with bullets and blood. McCarthy fans will revel in the author's renderings of the raw landscapes of Mexico and the Southwest and the precarious souls scattered along the border that separates the two." (Booklist)
This is an excellent listen, even if you have aready seen the movie. The depth of character development against the violence or threat of violence that is always just around the corner is a potent combination.....and this author should always use this narrator. I wouldn't want to hear Cormac McCarthy any other way.
I got this because I had seen the movie which I loved. The story is an excellent one that the movie faithfully told. Many scenes in the movie were taken word from word from the book. The book is longer and has a few more scenes and characters in it, some of that is in the negative criticisms found in these reviews. Where the movie finishes off the book does keep going with the Sherriff’s thoughts. If you like the action of the book you will not like the rambling of thoughts that periodically occur. I liked it though as it got to the deep thoughts of the story line, much like Steinbeck’s books would take a chapter to ponder the greater picture over the story line.
If your a fan of Steinbeck, or you like "The Road" or even Eastwood's "Unforgiven" western you will like this. It also shares the moral ambiguity of Tony Morrison's stories. This story is about two types of people, regular or good people who seek comfort and the law, and others who are bound by no moral code. There is a problem when a person crosses over that moral line, you can't cross back. What's done will stick with you till your dying days. In an area that is no place for "old men" as the title implies. There is a lot to think about in this story, to chew on as they say.
This was both masterfully written and expertly narrated. The author obviously respects his readers and lets them reach their own conclusions about the feelings and motivations of the characters. At no point does he spell out the plot for us. The writing kept me thinking and visualizing, and I found the narration by the sheriff to be particularly enjoyable. I highly recommend this.
Terrific story and an even better movie and the baddie is a truly marvellous depiction of pure evil, but I've seen Mr McCarthy touted as the great stylist and I can't go for that. If style means using the conjunctive more than any other writer in recorded history (he walked down and did x and shot y and got in his car....and and and ...I got lost listening for a full stop) then yes but Hemingway did this long ago and far better
I was prepared for an amusing read, but was floored by the power of this novel. Gritty, unflinching, but still beautiful. Highly recommended.
The narration is a plus.
Excellent listen. Narator does a good job with many different voices. The movie was good, and turns out it followed the book very closely. That's a tribute to how well McCarthy can paint a picture. Like the movie, the violence is disturbing, but that's integral to what the book is about.
Well written and well read. The story meanders a little and isn't a simple story arc. I found it a little hard to figure out who the main character was, and who I was supposed to identify with, but I'd listen to this one a couple times, so I think it is worhty of full marks.
There are three different points-of-view throughout the book, and McCarthy switches perspective frequently throughout the narrative, which can make it difficult to follow in audio version. I kept getting confused as to 'who did what,' which probably is much easier to keep up with in a paper-based version.
This book was fantastic on two levels. One of pure entertainment and the other is profound thoughts. This book is a thriller mixed with great dialog and wonderful interior monologue. The characters are very engaging and the end of the piece is the best part.
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