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)
What the heck happen three quarters of the way through the book. The story is good until about three quarters of the way through when the story falls apart. The book has no ending.
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.
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 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.
I really thought I was going to like this book the way it started out. The main character is put into a difficult situation but he has the skills and experience to win through. The bad guy is downright evil and the supporting characters are more than just extras. I really enjoyed the reader too. The story was going along beautifuly but then about 2/3 of the way through it ran off the road and burst into flames. It actualy made me angry. It was like the author got tired and just decided to end it. Take my advice and try something else like "Point of impact" by Stephen Hunter
What a dissapointment from such a great author, and the biggest shock is that for the first 5 hours of this audio book it is great, but then its like "well I better wrap this up and go to bed" and thats just what happens...sudden and completely unfinished..if not for the great narration from Stechschulte (as always) i wouldnt even have given this book 2 stars....dont waste your money on this one, its a real bummer and waste of a book credit.
"An excellent audiobook"
I read No Country For Old Men several years ago. Then I saw the film. I enjoyed both experiences very much. It might, then, seem odd that I should choose to purchase the audiobook. I think that having a story of this quality read aloud should be a treat regardless of how well you know the novel/film. The only element needed to make this flawless was good narration. It is perfect. The narrator's pace and subtlety in accent and delivery is exactly right for this. I have listened to this audiobook twice and I dare say I shall listen for a third time before the year is out.
I enjoyed this book from start to finish. I had seen and enjoyed the film when it first came out and wanted to see how the book compared. It is a tribute to Javier Bardem's fantastic portray of Anton Chigurh in the film that he seamlessly fitted into my imagination as I listened to the book. The chilling character of Chigurh is even more pronounced in the book.
The plot is simple and has a good pace but the characters are what make this such an excellent book. They are thoroughly believable and the story falls into place around them as their decisions and actions are so part of who they are.
I loved this book and would highly recommend it for its moody western atmosphere, excellent story, great characters and a perfect narration.
"Not as good as the film"
No. I would've rather have listened to a different book.
The style of this story is it jumps at times, missing out huge and important scenes. I didn't liek that style at all. The were faults in the story as well.
The decision making of some of the characters. Also holes/unexplained parts - like how did Anton keep finding them?
No. It was poo.
Felt let down. I like the film and liked McCormac's poetic writing style in The Road. Overall the The Road was disappointing though and so was this. Last time I choose one of his books.
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