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)
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.
I like books that have interesting characters and easy to follow plots. For example, Cormoran Strike, is a great character for me.
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.
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.
I primarily listen to audio books while running, I find music boring on long runs. I enjoy action, mystery, and history. A good mystery can make a 12 mile run fly. No Country For Old Men got off to a good start but it eventually ground to close with Sheriff Bell examining his life. If you are of the mind to think deeply about the serious issues of life you confront as you grow older this is the book for you. If you want top notch action as a distraction from those serious issues listen to something else.
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!
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,
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.
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.
A major dissappointment after the great Border Triology series. Way too wordy. Too many long speaches. Narration was fine, same voice (Tom Stechachulte) that does the new James Lee Burke series set in New Mexico. Lets just say that this book makes Larry McMurtry look like pollyana.
"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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