On the eve of becoming a married man, the Counselor makes a risky entrée into the drug trade - and gambles that the consequences won' t catch up to him.
Along the gritty terrain of the Texas- Mexico border, a respected and recently engaged lawyer throws his stakes into a cocaine trade worth millions. His hope is that it will be a one-time deal and that, afterward, he can settle into life with his beloved fiancée. But instead, the Counselor finds himself mired in a brutal and dangerous game - one that threatens to destroy everything and everyone he loves.
Deft, shocking, and unforgettable, McCarthy is at his finest in this gripping tale about risk, consequence, and the treacherous balance between the two.
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I am a big Cormac McCarthy fan so I decided to give this audiobook a try.
This audiobook is a narrated screenplay, not a narrated novel or short story.
The format and tempo of the content is different. Once you settle into following the dialogue and script notes this is a very good listen.
I want to mention that I found the screenplay narration far more enjoyable than the recent movie. The movie is a jumbled mess of characters and lacks the nuance that was needed to make the film truly effective.
Like all of McCarthy's books The Counselor is rich in dialogue as it probes the darker corners of the human condition.
The movie version of The Counselor an over-acted mess. This screenplay will give you an idea of what might have been.
Do not be misled. This is a straightforward reading of ascript. The story may be fine but the delivery is sterile. The work as a screenplay may be good but if you wish to be entertained then this is not for you.
I could not finish it.
The work could be adapted asa novel or novels and read that way. This is an announcement of the scene, naming of the character and straight reading of what is said.
I did not delve that deeply into this work.
Perhaps a screenwriter may derive a benefit, but nota reader.
A much better performance.
I've heard other of his performances that I've really liked. He phoned this one in.
Highly intellectual people out of touch with reality
Write the dialog similar to the way "everyday" people speak
I watched the movie and found the plot to be missing something; it didn't flow well, but showed promise of being something better. I purchased the audiobook to hopefully fill in the plot gaps for me, to no avail. My biggest gripe is the dialog. It was as if everyone spoke in riddles and everyone was a philosopher. Questions were continuously answered with questions. My second gripe would be the elaborate murder machines and methods, not very realistic.
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