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)
I'm a big fan of Cormac McCarthy and his rich story telling. His settings in Texas ring true to my experiences and memories. And the narration here is superb. The written word and expressions used are pure to the common dialogue of the good old boys in Texas.
The outlook and acceptance of circumstances are so spot on to the mentality and culture of the people that scrabble an existence in the hot and dry and dangerous environment of Texas.
There are seeds of brilliance and depth of thought cloaked in the common sense and unpretentious language and cadence. This is not the King's English, but who needs it when the good people of Texas are just as smart but express themselves simply.
As a retired Police Officer with younger family on the force, this one hit home for me far deeper than the movie. If you have a similar back ground in Law Enforcement you will get it where no one else that hasn’t been there will get it. If you haven’t had a Law Enforcement back ground - listen well as Sheriff Bell speaks, and you might get it too.
The movie was good and that is why I wanted to listen to the book to hear more details.
The least interesting part was the unnecessary 1.5 hour diatribe at the end. It picks up where the movie left off and is just an expounded rambling that was the slow part of the movie.
The narration was good and kept the story going.
I would only see the movie and skip the book.
It was odd to see both in the movie and the book the errors about firearms. The crimes scene took place in 1980. The "Glock" that was recovered from the crime scene did not exist until 1982.
Drama teacher and Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan
It may be elevating the idea that "chick-lit" is actually literature (and some really are very literary- and not just brain candy) But there is not a focus, at least to my knowledge, of pieces of literature that are very focused on masculinity.
Cormac McCarthy is very much a guy's novelist. His writing is innovative -- sparse where it needs to be and descriptive when it deserves to be. Like James Dickey's DELIVERENCE, his plots lend themselves to be complete metaphors rather than just stories, and most deal with elements of being a man. McCarthy often uses a single character to depict a universal idea with an "everyman" as his opponent. Readers can put themselves in the protagonist's shoes and ask themselves if they would react to the conflicts the same way.
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN is an excellent read -- a good introduction to McCarthy as a writer.
Just an all around awesome person.
after listening to "The Road" I wanted more from Cormac and loving his writing style I got all that audible had to offer. A must read. Anton Chigurh is the bad guy in this book and easily the most bad a** person you can get in a book without magic or unrealistic abilities. Was I the only person rooting for Chigurh? I liked him because for a murderer sociopath he has morals and sticks with what he says. He tests people and puts them on trial and keeps a straight manor the whole time with no craziness of unnecessary foul language.
Yes, I already have. Sometimes I miss things, as I listen in my car, so its good to get a detail or two I missed.
Excellent voice, not rushed. brought the plot to life.
How far would you go to keep several million dollars of drug cartel money ?
One of my favorites, will look for other works by this author.
Masculine story line.
My favorite is when Anton flipped the coin and said,
I think a common theme in the author's literature is the violence committed against
humans by intelligent yet amoral individuals with plots set in the desert SW of the US.
I am not sure that it was the intention of the author to necessarily
The story grips you from beginning to end in a performance that is top notch. I've never listened to Tom Stechschulte read before. He added so much depth to the story with his voice that the characters lived vivid lives. I don't usually choose audiobooks by the narrator but I'm going to search this guy out.
Normally, I don't read stories this dark, but after reading "The Road," I wanted to read rather than seeing the movie.
It was a good story and wonderfully narrated. The main character was well portrayed and the story kept me on the edge of my seat. I kept a hope that there would be a "happy ending," but sadly there wasn't. I do intend to explore more works by this author.
Violent but in context. extremely well scoped, entertaining and narrated very well. I enjoyed this book, however, to me, it faded out at the end it didn't finish well but all the same, worth every bit of 4 stars.
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