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No Country for Old Men | [Cormac McCarthy]

No Country for Old Men

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.
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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 2015
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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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    Paul Krasner 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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    mark l gostine East Grand Rapids, MI USA 06-22-08
    mark l gostine East Grand Rapids, MI USA 06-22-08 Member Since 2002
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    "No Book for Young Men"

    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.

    8 of 10 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,

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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.

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    Gordon East Rockaway, NY, USA 02-18-08
    Gordon East Rockaway, NY, USA 02-18-08 Member Since 2001
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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 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.


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    Michael Santa Barbara, ca, United States 09-24-05
    Michael Santa Barbara, ca, United States 09-24-05 Member Since 2012
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    "No Country for Old Men"

    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.

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    "Atmospheric"

    Felt very real with the narrators accents and authors Texan idioms. Fizzles out a bit at the end and leaves you with only a conversation about how the U.S. has got to the state it is in.

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    "Enjoyable in a masochistic sort of way"
    What does Tom Stechschulte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Excellent reading and a great choice for this book with his tough rugged voice and excellent dialogue.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my fourth Cormac McCarthy novel. I thought the others were bleak but this required a very strong stomach, not just because it contains a lot of blood. I won't spoil the suspense by saying more. If your stomach is strong enough just read it. I enjoyed every page, in a masochistic sort of way.

    I give it 5 stars because its is well written and shocking without being sensationalist but, on balance, I preferred Outer Dark and The Road. These are less interesting stories but more complete and coherent studies of the dark side of human nature. No Country for Old Men is a mixture of thriller / detective story, brutal gore, and a bit of philosophy about violence and evil.

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  • David
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    "Chaos and Chance"

    Twisted and enthralling, McCarthy keeps the plot moving with constant surprises. Bell is a fantastic character constantly questioning the fabric of society while the methodical Chigurh gives is a truely unique approach to a twisted psychopath on a path of chaos and chance.
    If you have watched the film the book will answer many questions and is narrated brilliantly. Standing alone the book is not worth missing.

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    BirrIreland
    4/16/11
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Beulah, United Kingdom
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    "Gripping"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Putney, United Kingdom
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    "Not as good as the film"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Cormac McCarthy’s story?

    The decision making of some of the characters. Also holes/unexplained parts - like how did Anton keep finding them?


    What does Tom Stechschulte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Southern accents


    Do you think No Country for Old Men needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It was poo.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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