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)
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.
This book wasn't bad until the second half of the book and then it just becomes a man's philosphizing about how the world has gone to hell and how this country is guilty of sin/war. The plot disappears and we get a rambling narrative about life according to the author, the second half of this book is really bad. Save your money stay away from this book. The serial killer antagonist becomes a honest broker as the angel of death, yuk.
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.
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.
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.
I've really enjoyed other books from this author, but I sure would like to know what happened while this book was bring written. Two thirds of it is so good, and I got really hooked on the main character, then... it feels like the author quit and just filled up the space. Sorry to be blunt but that's was my experience of this book.
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.
I loved this book. The story is engrossing, the prose is great literature - the whole story is alive and so beautifully written! Tom Stechschulte is superb narrator perfect for this tale - You are transported into this story I will be reading a lot more by Cormac McCarthy
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I know a lot of people liked this story, but it was just not for me. I felt kind of pointless to me, seemed to only be about a hit man that lives through everything and never getting caught, defying all logic; and about how terrible the world is.
"Just like the film"
squeamish should avoid
The Sheriff - a thoroughly honest and decent man, trying his best for the society he serves and appalled by man's brutality to his fellow man
Very much so, I almost achieved it too
Well worth listening too
Narrator is actually pretty good, certainly not bad like some, but not full marks. Story is very interesting, more nuanced characters than the film version.
"The Greatest Book of Ever"
Yes, and I have
At first, its Anton, but upon repeated listens the Sheriff and Llewelyn grow on you.
He nails 'em all.
Not without spoilers.
I can't explain why this is such a fantastic book. With the exception of Anton Chirgurh, who is amazing, this is a fairly straightforward story. However, you will spend this book alternating between hanging off of the edge of your seat and questioning the meaning of life.
Incredible story brought to life through top notch narration (the same actor narrated The Road). Highly recommend.
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.
"Enjoyable in a masochistic sort of way"
Excellent reading and a great choice for this book with his tough rugged voice and excellent dialogue.
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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