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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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    lee petaluma, CA, United States 08-16-05
    lee petaluma, CA, United States 08-16-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Stechschulte is great...thats the end of it"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Grand Rapids, MI, United States 06-22-08
    Mark Grand Rapids, MI, United States 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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Donald 08-11-09
    Donald 08-11-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Please do not judge its great value by the movie."

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    W. Phelps Palo Alto, CA United States 04-15-08
    W. Phelps Palo Alto, CA United States 04-15-08 Member Since 2004

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    "Dissapointing"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    James Flower MOund, TX, USA 12-31-05
    James Flower MOund, TX, USA 12-31-05
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    "Very Disappointed"

    After reading the publisher's summary I was anxious to listen to this story. However I was very disappointed. Often authors develop the characters at the beginning and then bring them together as the story progresses.In this case after the character development, key characters are abruptly and inconsistently removed from the story. It then digresses to what might be considered an "anti-plot." The second half consists of "stream of consciousness" musings for the remainder of the book. I am very sorry I spent my time on this book.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Don Colonial Heights, VA, USA 09-19-05
    Don Colonial Heights, VA, USA 09-19-05
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    "Too much talk not enough substance"

    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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Connie Shawnee, KS, United States 11-06-13
    Connie Shawnee, KS, United States 11-06-13 Member Since 2007
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    "How does it end?"

    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. ;)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    george United States 07-25-13
    george United States 07-25-13 Member Since 2011

    I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.

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    I didn't see the movie, but I understand the movie is good. This book could have used a good editor, which is why I suspect the movie was good. I just wasn't that impressed with it. The narration is decent. The story is so so. The characters are nothing special. There are better books out there to listen to first.

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    J. Locke Tampa FL 12-16-09
    J. Locke Tampa FL 12-16-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Six Star read"

    This is one of the best books I've read in years. It seems like every generation believes that they are living in the darkest days. Of course this is completely untrue. It doesn't take much effort to look back into history to find times that would seem unbearable when compared to today's troubles. With that said, there does seems to be a different breed of man, today, compared with what we remember and/or experienced in our lives. While I have much faith in the individual, I don't have any faith in mankind. This book introduces us to the cruelties and evils that mankind can give birth to.

    It's clear these types of people exist today and their numbers will only continue to multiply. At some point society as we know it ceases to exist and a new and different arises. Is that how societies fall? I don't know but it makes wonder.

    PS: The reader is fantastic. Where is the sequel or prequel?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle waycross, GA, USA 08-13-09
    Michelle waycross, GA, USA 08-13-09 Member Since 2005
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    "an exciting read!"

    This was a very graphic novel full of violence and yet not gratuitous in content. The characters are alive and moving making them easy to visualize. Even though the movie was very true to the book, the book was well worth the read giving even more information and an ending that completed the questions that reamined at the end of the movie. I would read this again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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