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)
The movie was excellent, and followed the book closely. Enjoyed all the additional details, and the occasional differences, as contained in the novel. Good work by the narrator, too!
I hadn't seen the movie - thank heaven. The book was about the every day human existence and how ordinary people deal with extraordinary situations.
Yes, I would recommend this book because it is both filled with action and good regional descriptions.
My favorite character was the villain because of the way he believed his bizarre actions acceptable if observed from the proper perspective.
When the villain's car was hit by another car after he murdered the wife of Llewellyn.
South Texas drug crime with massacre.
I liked the way the book expanded on the movie but glad some of the final tales of sheriff left out of movie.
The narrative skills of the author are excellent. I had seen the movie a few years ago, and I thought perhaps the book wouldn't be as exciting as the movie, but I was mistaken, the book is another experience altogether.
I knew the plot from the movie, but more than the plot what kept me hooked was the ability of the narrator to tell the story, to create characters, dialogue that are interesting to imagine and experience.
Chigurh no doubt is a very strong character. He comes across as a real being, a very strange fellow, but very credible. Ed Tom, the Sheriff, who is the narrator of the book is also very interesting since it is through his point of view that we experience the action.
I don't think it is the kind of books which makes one cry or laugh. Yes, at the end there is some reflexion on evil and wars and the difficulties of life; all these things can sort of get you into a melancholic mood, but all of it very much part of the deal; one knows these sort of things are on the writers mind, specially if one has read other of his books, or seen the films.
I was hooked from the first paragraph to the last. I don't recall ever being bored throughout the narration. If anything, I had wished the book to be longer.
It's a short listen. It is a fantastic story. The narrator is fantastic.
I really enjoy McCarthy's dialogue style.
It had every marking of a good story- believable characters, details, scenery, plot...BUT it NEVER came together.
I was hanging on every scene, waiting to see how it fell together.... then NOTHING. I even made sure I had downloaded the complete book.
The actor did a great job.
There doesn't need to be a follow-up book. There needs to be the completion of the first book!
Although the Coen brothers did an outstanding job of making this book into a movie, you just have to read the book to get a sense of the depth of the characters...even Anton Chigurh.
The movie just cannot capture the essence of Sheriff Ed Tom Bell who comes from a long line of lawmen. As the main protagonist the story really centers around how the sheriff relates the loss of innocence in his small Texas town. He relates how crime has become much more violent with the passage of time and the introduction of the drug trade.
Tom Stechschulte does one of the best jobs of narration that I have heard in an audio book. Perhaps even better than George Guidall and Frank Muller. His voice captures exactly what I imagined the characters would sound like from a South Texas town.
Outstanding. He is a fantastic narrator. Narration is at least half of the experience, and I would listen to anything else he is narrating.
Absolutely. I can't think of a single aspect of this book that I didn't enjoy fully. It was a fun, tense and even eye-opening experience that was both written and performed brilliantly.
The story was gritty, brutal, honest and realistic. It told the story of an America that's becoming a colder, harsher place as seen by the eyes of a man who may be the last of a dying breed. Cormac's attention to detail and authenticity adds so much gravitas to this uneasy tale.
Absolutely brilliant. Each character voice was distinct and perfectly suited for the characters as written.
The title says it all.
I highly enjoyed the movie, but with I would have read the novel first. This is by far one of my new favorites.
"film success maybe, listen carefully!"
Amazingly well read, and despite the violence and the blood spilt in the pursuit of dirty money made from drug traficking explicit to the story I see a metaphor for the violence of the history of USA. It rolls over the lives of people which are decimated when they are touched by those whose greed and desire for this dirty money casts the long shadow. Cormac McCarthy uses the men within the story to convey a message deliberate or otherwise to the present and future generations if they will hear. I had to listen twice to the last section of the book and I am likely to go back again.
"A cracking listen - great voices, well paced"
A great version, and my first ever audio book! Voices were superb - never over done or corny, with a menacing Shigure.
Throughly enjoyed the recording - made a drive from Aberdeen to London fly by! Can't wait to see the film now (and my next audiobook too!)
p.s., I've also read The Road by McCarthy - also magnificent and would recommend in an instant if you like No Country
"Call it....Go on,...Call it...Just Call It"
It is invariably true, that those novels that you struggle with initially turn out to be the most rewarding in the end. You have to work hard initially to hold the various strands of this novel together, but when they come together this is simply brilliant. Due in no small part to a wonderful reading performance by Tom Stechschulte, this book emanates dry, dusty heat. A barren, cracked landscape unfolds in front of us across which bleached characters take shape and move around this country. It really is addictive and works perfectly as a thriller - the central character delivered better than any ? I?m really looking forward to see Javier Bardem?s interpretation in the film adaptation.
However, it is the thread of vignettes given to us by the Sheriff that slowly but surely becomes the deciding factor in the book?.read it and you?ll know what I mean. A couple of knock-out blows delivered on the body of Right-wing/Left-wing politics and the homogenous certainty of American life. Originality and craft full of energy and life. McCarthy stands easy comparison with William Faulkner on this showing I?ll be returning to the bookshelves for his other works.
"First time author for me"
I have become addicted to audiobooks over the years. Most have been good, others adequate, but few like this book excellent. The story has a brilliant plot with twists and turns, the characters are believable and the narration is second to none.
Highly recommended, so much so that will I have to watch the film now and have downloaded another book written by Cormac McCarthy.
"No Country For Old Men"
Fantastic read!!! And a great Narrator as well. I listen to books on my 2 hour commute each day - and this is one book where I wanted to carry on listening even after I arrived at work. The story is action packed all the way with a great storyline as well, very quickly you get deeply involved with all the characters and what they are doing as the story unfolds. No wonder this book has been made into a great film. Thoroughly enjoyed every minute!!!
McCarthy does it again for me. Brutal, honest, dreadfully visionary. Narrated to perfection. Enjoyed the film, but "reading it" added new layers to the meaning of the American South. If you have any sense of his work, you will not be disappointed in this one!
"Best Crime Novel Ever"
Highly recommended. It teaches the so-called masters of the crime genre (Connelly, Patterson etc.) a thing or two about tension and realism. But, more importantly, it also lifts the crime genre to the status of great literature because it shows us something new about evil and violence.
"There's no sugar in this."
The narrator Tom Stechschulte is brilliant. His voices are much better than the actors in the film. In fact, this is a deeper experience than the film altogether. It's more involving. It moves more slowly, and the tension has time to build in your head.
It's a bitter story. This is really why I liked it; I think it's unusual.
One of my favourite audiobooks.
Cormac McCarthy is a brilliant storyteller. You feel part of this story as it is being narrated to you.
"Dark but gripping"
Loved the film of this and didn't realise until looking at the credits that it was based on a Cormac McCarthy book. Having adored his 'The Road' I downloaded this book as soon as I saw it was here on Audible. It's probably not quite as dark as The Road but still pretty chilling and a gripping read. I recommend it.
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