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 am a lover of fantasy novels with exciting action, complex plots, and unforgettable characters.
having not read any of Mr. McCarthy's novels I did not know what to expect when I started this novel. As a reader I generally stick to fantasy and some mystery novels. I found this book in one of Audible's sales and had heard of the movie, so i took a look at it. Even though western novels don't tend to be my thing I liked the summary and decided what the hell and got it. After reading the entire book in one day, I am still not sure what to think about it. my first reaction is that was one of the more depressing novels I have ever read. This is saying something because i tend to like novels whitch are gritty and sometimes not happy for the characters. However, I can honestly say that this novel was one of the more violent, disturbing, and sad books I have ever read. This is not to say it was a bad book overall. As far as writing is concerned it was very good, if anything Mr. McCarthy is skilled at his prose. His characters weren't terrible either. They were fairly well developed, the problem with them was that they were very harsh. This was the type of book where you knew who was good and who was bad. The bad people were simply vicious, with some of the most disturbing moral codes I have ever read about, and most of the supposed good people had serious moral flaws as well, even if they are trying to do right. To top off this book has what I would call one of the most unexpected and somewhat disappointing endings ever. Suffice it to say that this novel has one of the most unique endings I have ever read. Finally, the narrator was pretty good, but he seemed to be a little slow and dry in places. however, this monotone kind of fit the story. I would say this book is worth reading, if only because of its strange and intriguing ending. As a final warning I will say that this book is not for everyone, if you like happy books where everything works out, do not read this book.
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,
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
This book reminded me how rare a great modern day Western has become. The wit and wisdom of the sagacious Sheriff Bell, the thrill of the hunt and desperation of the hunted provided me with remarkable entertainment. The narration is as true and believable as McCarthy?s narrative is superb.
McCarthy paints law enforcement through the character of a sheriff, (remember Tarrentino?s Sheriff in Kill Bill), who is as human and patriarchal as he is heroic and smart. Like Thomas Harris? first two novels about remarkably talented FBI profilers fighting unspeakably evil men, McCarthy creates his own super villain in a more believable way.
Listen to this book and I guarantee you will find yourself hoping for more.
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.
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.
I saw its movie coming out and thought I would enjoy the audiobook first. I greatly enjoyed the pace of the book and the personalities shown forth. There were a few times that his descriptions were a little vague as I tried to imagine the scene in my head and found a few details lacking, but overall I would consider that a minor problem. I then saw the movie. Even though they certainly got the main events of the book right, the "feel" of it didn't quite compare. To those that saw the movie and are on the fence, I would urge you to enjoy the audiobook and enjoy greater character development and a superior unfolding of the storyline. Give it one more chance.
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.
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!
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.
This is my first "reading" of Cormac McCarthy. I have rarely been so moved by words - I am still not sure if it is McCarthy, or the artfull reading by Tom Stechschulte, but either way I was enveloped by McCarthy's world and embraced both Bell and Moss as well-repected personal friends.
In a world of that demands black and white, I appreciate a writer that can draw onw into the gray and ask the question -- what would I do?
Give me more of both writer and narrator.
"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.
"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.
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!
"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.
"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!!!
"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.
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.
"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
Even though I have watched the movie many times, listening to the novel was as magical an experience. The narrator has done an excellent job and the novel itself shows that the Coen Brothers were extremely loyal to the novel. And why not when the novel itself is such a classic.
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