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 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
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
I actually like this book because the author resists the temptation to make everything turn out well in the end. In this novel, it doesn't. The basic theme is really sometimes you are just in the wrong place at the wrong times. The motivation for the key character are seemingly bizarre, but only to the reader. To the killer, his motivations are sane.
This is a good crime thriller with a "texas" outlaw theme. It reminds me of some of James Lee Burke novels. The Hackberry Holland Series. So if you like those, then you will like this. I would say that the author here is a better writer. It could be an American classic but the violence makes it unsuitable for many. So expect lots of blood and guts.
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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.
I enjoyed the book for the most part and loved the narration. I'm glad I got it in audio as I'm not sure reading it would have been as enjoyable. I didn't quite "get" the movie, although I liked it so thought the book would help. I'm no "Pollyanna" but the ending of the book really ticked me off and left me feeling dissatisfied. Not every story has a happy ending, but I feel this book had no ending. I may listen to it again but doubt there will be a different outcome. ;)
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.
This book was hard to follow at times. I imagine it would have been a better read than a listen.
This was my first Cormac McCarthy book and my overall take is that he is a very good writer. This made it worth-it overall.
Like other reviews, I didn't care for the last 20% of the book.
The reader was good.
Overall, I recommend, but not overwhelmingly.
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
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.
"Excellent story and performance"
I must have bum-purchased this. I don't remember seeing it, or thinking I must buy that, but I have an email to prove that I did buy this. I was confused why this had happened, but gave it a go anyway. It's a really good griping story, and the narrator really helps paint the picture of what is going on.
"The Film Script was far better than the Book"
No, Mundane Narrator. The Drawl of the Narrator wa exasperating
Watch the Movie
Yes Slow and dragged out
I just want to forget it
I am going to return
"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.
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