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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Brilliant Narrative, Rare Modern Western

This book reminded me how rare a great modern day Western has become. The wit and wisdom of the sagacious Sheriff Bell, the thrill of the hunt and desperation of the hunted provided me with remarkable entertainment. The narration is as true and believable as McCarthy?s narrative is superb.

McCarthy paints law enforcement through the character of a sheriff, (remember Tarrentino?s Sheriff in Kill Bill), who is as human and patriarchal as he is heroic and smart. Like Thomas Harris? first two novels about remarkably talented FBI profilers fighting unspeakably evil men, McCarthy creates his own super villain in a more believable way.

Listen to this book and I guarantee you will find yourself hoping for more.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Meyer
  • Littleton, NC, United States
  • 08-02-05

Much more than expected from the title

This book has violence, insight, humor, love, respect, honor and depth beyond the story line. Narrator: Tom Stechschulte is excellent. He makes the characters come to life.
I could not put it down. This book will make you rethink some of your own values and appreciate your life for what it is. At least it did for me. The "country" wisdom is put in a take it or leave it fashion that does not seem forced on you but lets you draw your own conclusion. Very enjoyable listen.

39 of 47 people found this review helpful

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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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Todd
  • Sarasota, FL, USA
  • 04-07-08

The Coen Brothers are so good it's spooky

If you liked the movie, you'll love this audio book. It is very well read and you will re-live every scene in the movie in your head. The narrator's voices really have a lot of depth and authenticity. You will realize just how good the Coen brothers are when you see how well they adapted this book. Awesome!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Sharon
  • United States
  • 08-07-05

Well worth the wait

It's been a long time since we've heard from Cormac McCarthy, and this story will leave you feeling it was well worth waiting for. This book is beautifully written, and has great character development; some will scare you to death and some will leave you full of admiration. Tom Stechschulte's narration is -as always- first rate and brings everyone to life. After listening to the book the first time, I immediately listened to the whole thing again - something I never do- to make sure I really captured the complicated tale.

23 of 28 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • Talihina, OK, USA
  • 01-11-06

a disappointment

With such wonderfull novels in his collection (Pretty Horses, The Crossing, Cities of the Plain)this was a disappointment. The reader is very good, but cannot support the story as it falls apart at the end. Then the author rambles on about the sad state of our current culture like a sociology professor off on a tangent.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Don
  • Colonial Heights, VA, USA
  • 09-19-05

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.

21 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • Scott
  • woodbury, MN, United States
  • 07-15-08

not for everyone, but fantanstic and fascinating

A story about an old man (the sheriff) who is out of time and place and ending his working life. He starts it and finishes it. This is not a story about the guy who finds the money, the girl, the killer, the mercinary, the banker, the mexicans, or the deputy. It comes to a plodding stop, unresolved, just like the sheriff's life. Well read and written, but not what you may expect in the mix of the action and blood and moralizing. One of my favorite audible choices.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Gordon
  • East Rockaway, NY, USA
  • 02-18-08

McCarthy has done something magnificent.

Between Cormac McCarthy's writing and Tom Stechschulte's narration which I will vote for the "Best of Audible," this book ranks at the very TOP of all books I've had the pleasure of hearing/reading over the past few several years.

The Characters are so well thought out and the landscapes and scenes are such that you are not so much outside observer as much as unwilling participant in the story at times. When the bullets fly...DUCK! But it's great. I keep playing certain chapters over and over. It's mesmerizing. At some point I'll see the movie.

I wish I could meet these guys. Especially Sheriff Bell. I wish he were my uncle or something.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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This is my first "reading" of Cormac McCarthy. I have rarely been so moved by words - I am still not sure if it is McCarthy, or the artfull reading by Tom Stechschulte, but either way I was enveloped by McCarthy's world and embraced both Bell and Moss as well-repected personal friends.

In a world of that demands black and white, I appreciate a writer that can draw onw into the gray and ask the question -- what would I do?

Give me more of both writer and narrator.

16 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Jack Barnett
  • 09-02-17


one of my favourite films even better in written (spoken) form. i really enjoyed it

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  • Will Manning
  • 05-15-17

Stunning piece of Americana

I really like how this book knits together the past traditions and problems of rural law enforcement and the present comparisons in an exciting way. The Story itself is gripping and well written. I enjoy the way it can go from a slow paced morning in a diner to a shoot out south of the border. Highly recommend.

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  • John L.
  • 02-12-17

Sets a new standard

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is one of those books that stays with you long after you have finished reading it - superb

What other book might you compare No Country for Old Men to, and why?

This is a new height for me

Have you listened to any of Tom Stechschulte’s other performances? How does this one compare?


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Needs a sequel!!!

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  • Khal
  • 02-03-17

Simply brilliant

Wonderfully crafted story which generally moves at a fast pace but tempered with philosophical and social commentary. Every character draws you in and exceptionally well delivered by the reader.

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  • 01-22-17

As harsh as the land it is set in.

Long, brutal story of unsophisticated yet deep thinking people who live in the deserts of the American South West, and how their lives ere profoundly changed by a battle between drug peddlers, the law and their sense of right and wrong. The highly skilled narrator brings the story brilliantly to life with an excellent grasp of the region's dialogue and accents, and their taciturn reluctance for long, detailed explanations.

I was not aware that Cognac McCarthy was such a prolific writer, as the only other work of his I have read is his "All the Pretty Horses" a tale of boyish rebellion, which takes the reader from the bleak farmlands of Texas to the equally bleak and cruel towns and villages of Mexican border country. This story was filmed, as was "No Country for Old Men", but the first story was a disappointing approximation of the excellent book which fortunately cannot be said of "No Country" the casting of which was excellent and the acting first class, especially that of Billy Bob Thornton as the ageing sheriff and Joaquin Bardim, as Seguerro the man with no scruples.

Highly recommended, as is the film of the book.

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  • Ajit
  • 01-01-17


Even though I have watched the movie many times, listening to the novel was as magical an experience. The narrator has done an excellent job and the novel itself shows that the Coen Brothers were extremely loyal to the novel. And why not when the novel itself is such a classic.

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  • Eliel Cohen
  • 10-27-16

great. movie even better

incredible story and soliloquy. the film in my opinion captures everything that is good about the book and in fact leaves out the very few weaknesses of it, in my opinion.

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  • Valerie
  • 10-03-16

loved it and hated it

Maybe we are too conditioned for happy endings or endings where the under dog at least gets something for his struggles. So whilst the story had me riveted, I hated that none of the underdogs stories ended well.

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  • MR
  • 09-13-16

one of the best

excellent from start to finish. Narration is also top notch. I want to read it again already.

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  • A. Abutaleb
  • 09-11-16

Brilliant performance

The performance is fantastic! And so is the writing. Overall excellent production for a great novel.