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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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Hard to finish

Lost interest after certain characters posts ended. Made it hard to finish. Don't know how the movie will play out.

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Anton Chigurh will stick for awhile

My second Cormac McCarthy novel (the Road) and it did not disappoint. Better than the movie, and Chigurh is as disturbing a villain as you'll find. The performance was top notch, well matched to the story.

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Malaise

I liked the plot of how a man does a wrong thing & then tries to right it only to be punished for it. I liked Anton & his determination to keep his promises no matter how horrible they are.

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Masterpiece

This book is very entertaining. It was not a bit dull, and it certainly wasn't predictable (even though I have seen the film). This book asked a lot of deep questions and brought up important themes such as change in a person's life. I highly recommend it to anyone.

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Better than the Movie...and it Rocked!

What did you love best about No Country for Old Men?

The mental pictures the author created was impressive, even down to the smallest detail.<br/>A very well written story!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked the villain Antawn Shaguhr. He was incredibly ruthless throughout the entire story.<br/>His cold-blooded and calculating ways were very disturbing.

Which character – as performed by Tom Stechschulte – was your favorite?

Again, it was Antawn Shaguhr in the way his speaking manner was so deadpan, but at the same time you could feel the twisted hatred in his words.

If you could rename No Country for Old Men, what would you call it?

Evil is Only a Step Away

Any additional comments?

A fabulous story that I will never ever forget. The narrator Tom Stechschulte's performance was spectacular as well. He did an amazing job of depicting the wide array of characters throughout the story. I will listen to this one more than once.

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Just put it in your paaawkut...

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

The book is incredible. The spare, run-on writing style: I loved the sentences like "He took the key, and got out of the car, and opened the door, and walked in the room, and sat down, and turned on the TV." (That's not a quote, just an imitation...) The plot is a great mix of cliche and subverting expectations. Do not expect the book to deliver on conventional terms.

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

The only thing though, is the way the narrator says the word "pocket", and he says it a lot! It's one of the most irritating things I've ever heard and it distracted me every time he said it. Other than that, he did a good job.

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Excellent.

All time favorite. No on creates and sustains tone like McCarthy. The narrator speaks like he writes too so this is pretty special.

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third time read.

fantastic at all levels. good wins out I think or is a survivor
real life.


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Bleak

I keep waiting for redemption. I don't think it's gonna happen. The Texas vernacular and the repartee is spot on, but the book is as bleak, dusty, and dry as the Texas landscape.

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Makes you think

Makes you think. Life is more than black and white. The sherif, listen to him.