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No Country for Old Men Audiobook

No Country for Old Men

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Publisher's Summary

Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Sharon United States 08-07-05
    Sharon United States 08-07-05 Member Since 2016
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    "Well worth the wait"

    It's been a long time since we've heard from Cormac McCarthy, and this story will leave you feeling it was well worth waiting for. This book is beautifully written, and has great character development; some will scare you to death and some will leave you full of admiration. Tom Stechschulte's narration is -as always- first rate and brings everyone to life. After listening to the book the first time, I immediately listened to the whole thing again - something I never do- to make sure I really captured the complicated tale.

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    James Talihina, OK, USA 01-11-06
    James Talihina, OK, USA 01-11-06
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    "a disappointment"

    With such wonderfull novels in his collection (Pretty Horses, The Crossing, Cities of the Plain)this was a disappointment. The reader is very good, but cannot support the story as it falls apart at the end. Then the author rambles on about the sad state of our current culture like a sociology professor off on a tangent.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    John S MA 01-14-15
    John S MA 01-14-15 Member Since 2014

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "Don't expect a happy ending. Texas Outlaw Theme"

    I actually like this book because the author resists the temptation to make everything turn out well in the end. In this novel, it doesn't. The basic theme is really sometimes you are just in the wrong place at the wrong times. The motivation for the key character are seemingly bizarre, but only to the reader. To the killer, his motivations are sane.

    This is a good crime thriller with a "texas" outlaw theme. It reminds me of some of James Lee Burke novels. The Hackberry Holland Series. So if you like those, then you will like this. I would say that the author here is a better writer. It could be an American classic but the violence makes it unsuitable for many. So expect lots of blood and guts.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 06-11-12
    Paul 06-11-12 Member Since 2015

    I like books that have interesting characters and easy to follow plots. For example, Cormoran Strike, is a great character for me.

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    "good although tended to be a little preachy"

    I had seen the movie so I knew the story I liked the movie better because much of the moralizing that was in the book was cut, The actors selected in the movie were very well selected and helped bring the book to life Irecommend seeing the movie first and then listening to the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott woodbury, MN, United States 07-15-08
    Scott woodbury, MN, United States 07-15-08 Member Since 2003
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    "not for everyone, but fantanstic and fascinating"

    A story about an old man (the sheriff) who is out of time and place and ending his working life. He starts it and finishes it. This is not a story about the guy who finds the money, the girl, the killer, the mercinary, the banker, the mexicans, or the deputy. It comes to a plodding stop, unresolved, just like the sheriff's life. Well read and written, but not what you may expect in the mix of the action and blood and moralizing. One of my favorite audible choices.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Sarasota, FL, USA 04-07-08
    Todd Sarasota, FL, USA 04-07-08
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    "The Coen Brothers are so good it's spooky"

    If you liked the movie, you'll love this audio book. It is very well read and you will re-live every scene in the movie in your head. The narrator's voices really have a lot of depth and authenticity. You will realize just how good the Coen brothers are when you see how well they adapted this book. Awesome!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cranberry 03-15-08
    Cranberry 03-15-08 Member Since 2010
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    "Better than the movie"

    I grabbed this before I saw the movie, and I'm glad I did. The book, as usual, was better (even though the movie was also very good). The book gets a bit rambling at times, but as a whole, it was a very good listen. The narration was good,

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Peter BilzenBelgium 03-07-08
    Peter BilzenBelgium 03-07-08
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    "great book"

    Intelligent book, not the average bestseller crime thriller. Very well read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gordon East Rockaway, NY, USA 02-18-08
    Gordon East Rockaway, NY, USA 02-18-08 Member Since 2015
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    "McCarthy has done something magnificent."

    Between Cormac McCarthy's writing and Tom Stechschulte's narration which I will vote for the "Best of Audible," this book ranks at the very TOP of all books I've had the pleasure of hearing/reading over the past few several years.

    The Characters are so well thought out and the landscapes and scenes are such that you are not so much outside observer as much as unwilling participant in the story at times. When the bullets fly...DUCK! But it's great. I keep playing certain chapters over and over. It's mesmerizing. At some point I'll see the movie.

    I wish I could meet these guys. Especially Sheriff Bell. I wish he were my uncle or something.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    James Flower MOund, TX, USA 12-31-05
    James Flower MOund, TX, USA 12-31-05
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    "Very Disappointed"

    After reading the publisher's summary I was anxious to listen to this story. However I was very disappointed. Often authors develop the characters at the beginning and then bring them together as the story progresses.In this case after the character development, key characters are abruptly and inconsistently removed from the story. It then digresses to what might be considered an "anti-plot." The second half consists of "stream of consciousness" musings for the remainder of the book. I am very sorry I spent my time on this book.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    "Brilliant performance"

    The performance is fantastic! And so is the writing. Overall excellent production for a great novel.

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    "Heads or tails, call it...."

    Outstanding narration and story. Definitely a book to listen to again. Life and death decided on a coin toss (if you're lucky)

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  • Simon
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    9/8/16
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    "Implacable"

    Unlike most I know I wasn't a huge fan of the film, although it certainly had its plus points. the book on the other hand felt more like a thoroughbred of a story. Tom Stechschulte's narration was spot on in terms of bringing these characters to life. It is a grim unrelenting tale and in the pantheon of implacable villains there is no doubt that Chigurh has earned a high ranking place for himself partly on the simple toss of a coin.

    The whole thing is paced well and intertwined with interludes of homespun philosophy from the local sheriff. The climactic part, which isn't quite the end seemed to me to just "happen" after a huge build up though which is quite a jolt to the system.

    In all a relatively brief but mostly very well-formed story.

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  • Tracey Melville
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    "Bit bemused"

    The story was great to start with, but it had a really pointless seeming ending that left a lot unsaid.

    Or I'm a moron that missed the point?

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  • Neil
    LEEDS, United Kingdom
    9/4/16
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    "Outstanding listen"

    Superb story that extends well beyond the excellent film. The narration is exceptional and truly brings the characters to life. Very hard to stop listening to this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Rifflart
    Hampshire
    8/17/16
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    "Strange tale"

    I think I saw the film years ago and although it grabbed my attention the end left me underwhelmed
    The book has done the same
    Fascinating g characters and the old sheriff was wonderful but the ending still didn't sit right with me
    I probably wanted happy endings and in real life they don't often happen
    Anyway it won't stop me listening to more by this author and the narrator was excellent

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  • Richard
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    "A Real Modern Classic"

    Excellent narration, excellent writing. For some reason, always reminds me of "The Old Man and The Sea", but maybe it's just the Hemmingway-type style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • UnionJack
    Durham
    7/27/16
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    "Enjoyable listen"
    Any additional comments?

    What makes this book standout form other novels not all the goodies survive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/26/16
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    "Excellent story and performance"

    I must have bum-purchased this. I don't remember seeing it, or thinking I must buy that, but I have an email to prove that I did buy this. I was confused why this had happened, but gave it a go anyway. It's a really good griping story, and the narrator really helps paint the picture of what is going on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    7/25/16
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    "The Film Script was far better than the Book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, Mundane Narrator. The Drawl of the Narrator wa exasperating


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Watch the Movie


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes Slow and dragged out


    Did No Country for Old Men inspire you to do anything?

    I just want to forget it


    Any additional comments?

    I am going to return

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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