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Blood Meridian Audiobook

Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

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Publisher's Summary

Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

©1985 Cormac McCarthy; (P)2007 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

“The authentic American apocalyptic novel…I venture that no other living American novelist, not even Pynchon, has given us a book as strong and memorable as Blood Meridian.” (Harold Bloom)

"McCarthy is a writer to be read, to be admired, and quite honestly envied." (Ralph Ellison)

"McCarthy is a born narrator, and his writing has, line by line, the stab of actuality. He is here to stay." (Robert Penn Warren)

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    Barry Grandgenett 04-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Poetry"

    McCarthy uses poetry to tell this story. I'm not sure the characters deserve it, though. Either way, it's an excellent book and worthy of being considered a classic.

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    Thomas Weber Halifax, PA, US 03-30-17
    Thomas Weber Halifax, PA, US 03-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not for the faint of heart, beautifully written"
    What did you love best about Blood Meridian?

    Dark and Graphic. The tale of lost soul wandering through the west.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Kid


    Which character – as performed by Richard Poe – was your favorite?

    The kid


    If you could rename Blood Meridian, what would you call it?

    Pale light in the west


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    steve 03-30-17
    steve 03-30-17
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    "Incredible"

    Epic story. Brutality and beauty. Perfect narration. A fine example of the audiobook experience at its best.

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    Adam 03-21-17
    Adam 03-21-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing! A must read."

    The only thing I wanted to do after finishing this book was immediately start to reread it. This is McCarthy's masterpiece. Haunting, horrifying, thoughtful, confusing, and awe inspiring. With the most frustrating, in a good way, ending of a book I've ever read.

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    Brad Mills 03-15-17
    Brad Mills 03-15-17 Member Since 2014
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    "You think you're having a bad day? Read this."

    If you think you're having a bad day, crack this book open, read a few pages and you'll be well on your way to realizing your life is a lot better than you think.

    If you were born in any other time period or in half of the other countries of the world, you might not need to read this book for perspective.

    The depressing, dark, vile, offensive, morally repulsive, violent story of The Kid and his accomplices ravaging the west and surviving the wilderness will set a new bar for "bad day."

    After the book was finished, I realized the writer has also written "The Road." I loved the movie version of The Road, and I can see now the similarities between Blood Meridian and the film version of The Road.

    I'd not recommend this book to anyone, it's too long and many parts of it felt like an incongruent stream of consciousness fantasy of a repressed psychopath rather than a creative narrative.

    It lacked continuity and skipped from one time frame to the next without explanation (or maybe that was just me getting bored and zoning out for pages at a time.)

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    Constance 02-27-17
    Constance 02-27-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Awful"

    Like an endless reading of some. grotesque Thesaurus. Don't waste your time. It never gets better and then it ends.

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    KAFBA 02-25-17
    KAFBA 02-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "He never sleeps. he says that he will never die"

    A coworker recommended this novel some years ago and I have to admit the first read was tough to get through. But the author's use of the English language hooked me.

    This reading is superb. The Judge is probably the best bad guy ever written in the 20th century. Good vs evil and good does not always triumph. Stay with it and you won't be sorry.

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    Ben Whitney 01-26-17
    Ben Whitney 01-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "They Weren't Kidding"

    I try to stay in the Postmodern world of fiction. Delillo and Pynchon are some of my favorites to read (Although I rarely know what they are talking about!). I've been told many times to read Cormac McCarthy and specifically this book. They weren't kidding.

    I don't know if Mr. McCarthy is considered postmodern (I don't really know what postmodern is) but what a huge difference and throw from those previous authors mentioned. He writes in a unique minimalist style without unnecessary descriptive words. Each sentence packs a punch. Many reviews say the prose in this novel rivals scripture and I constantly asked myself how did he do it?

    This book is gothic, western, isolated. Its a true western full of grit. The author nails the book and boosts the feel of it all.

    I suggest this book to everyone but I must say that no filter is used for the violence and explicitness.

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    Ross 01-16-17
    Ross 01-16-17
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    "Three hours"

    Is how long I could hold out before calling it quits. The story itself is superb, but I simply could not continue to listen to the narrators slip smacking. It was the auditory equivalent of a Wet Willy in my headphones. Certainly check the sample before committing to this one.

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    Sam Fredericks 12-26-16 Member Since 2017
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    "like the old west itself..."

    Like the old west itself, this is not a path for the feint of heart. McCarthy has cemented himself in my view as a master and earned my admiration for the harshness of his vision and the beauty of his prose. Not as heart wrenching g as the road yet just as heavy.

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