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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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    Amazon Customer 09-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The Darkest Eloquence"

    Starkly beautiful, and not for the faint of heart. The book looks deeply into acts of senseless, shocking, and incredibly racist violence. The Judge is one of the most captivating, appalling, and sickening characters I've ever read, who lives to exterminate those he sees as savages, even to the point of scratching ancient drawings from the walls of caves. Excellently performed.

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    Jon 09-13-16
    Jon 09-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Mediocre gore over story."

    Not plot just bloody Chaos with almost no story. No character development. No being. No ending.

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    Charles Brady 09-01-16
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    "The Book Deserved an Actor Reading it"

    The narrator sounds like a 1970's newsman reporting on a county fair. His pronunciation of Spanish words was not good. The book depicts people from the South and his southern accent was so inauthentic that I had trouble concentrating on the actual work. The book is exceptional, but the narration was irritatingly bad. It should be re-recorded with a reader who hasn't spent his whole life worshipping at the altar of non-regional American diction.

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    comix_minx 08-05-16
    comix_minx 08-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "McCarthy is an American Treasure"

    A quintessential anti-western that skins your eyelids back and forces you to digest the horrible legacy of the American frontiers.

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    T. Wright 07-21-16
    T. Wright 07-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book"

    Started and couldn't put it down. Best writer living today period. He makes you think. You can't get it out of your head days after reading.

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    Amazon Customer USA 07-11-16
    Amazon Customer USA 07-11-16
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    What did you love best about Blood Meridian?

    McCarthy has the uncanny ability to describe the most gruesome scenes so poetically that it is at both times pleasing and disturbing.


    What other book might you compare Blood Meridian to and why?

    Not sure if I have read anything similar to Blood Meridian; I guess I would compare it to the authors other book The Road, which I thought was bleak, haunting and beautiful, but Blood Meridian is much more violent and deprave.


    What about Richard Poe’s performance did you like?

    There is a certain smokiness to his voice that lends itself to an western novel. He also has the ability to change up his voice making different characters easy to distinguish in conversation without it sounding comical, like other readers I have heard.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I do not think that would be possible. This book was a hard read (well listen) and I needed breaks between listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I love The Road, and thought I would check out McCarthy's other works. I figured nothing could be bleaker or more disturbing than the Road, but boy was I wrong. This book is 13 hours of the worst of man-kind (more so disturbing when you consider its based in history). It is well written and well read, but disturbing to the core.

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    Jst 07-07-16
    Jst 07-07-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Argh...just end already!"

    I was excitied about reading this novel after reading The Road, however this book is missing elements that I liked about The Road such as a plot, focus, a likeable character (I don't need a clear protagonist in a novel, but a character I can connect to helps a lot).

    When I read (or listen to) a book of this length, it is nice to have a discernable plot. Yes the writing is beautiful and completely unique, but the narrative describes the same action over and over. This story could go on without end repeating similar character interactions, bloodshed, and other depravities. The only reason the story had to end was the Glanton gang ran out of members. The author's gratuitous use of pronouns (particularly 'they') get a bit old, but maybe that's just me.

    The narrator's performance was excellent and great with all the different voices. I could hardly tell it was the same person voicing the Kid and the Judge.

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    "Excellent. The audiobook is as good as the novel."

    Great book. Great audiobook. Without question Blood Meridian is one of the greatest books in American literature. Despite being unrelenting in its brutality, McCarthy creates a series of scenes unmatched in fiction. The world here is a strange, existential nightmare where truth can only be found in violence and survival. Other than Ahab and Ishmael, the Judge is unmatched in character and presence. The Comanche raid is some of the best writing I have ever read. Richard Poe's narration is terrific. Give it a try. "He says he will never die."

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    VP 05-03-16
    VP 05-03-16
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    "Another classic"

    What can I say about Cormac McCarthy that hasn't been said all ready but that his talent to make you feel what the character is going through is amazing. I am a huge fan of books about the western frontier and this by no means pulls any punches. I loved it so much that I listened it twice. Also Richard Poe gritty narrative is addicting. You'll love it.

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    Mike Croal 04-25-16
    Mike Croal 04-25-16 Member Since 2017
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    "excellent story in McCarthy's descriptive desert"

    Strong, violent, boisterous, brutal, sad, passion, lonely, witty, intelligent, never verbose and always unyielding characters..

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