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No Country for Old Men Audiobook

No Country for Old Men

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Douglas Barrington, IL United States 09-28-17
    Douglas Barrington, IL United States 09-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "One of my all time favorites"

    Great author, story, and performance. A must for lovers of the movie or McCarthy. Well paced and performed.

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    HELEN EMORY, TX, United States 08-29-17
    HELEN EMORY, TX, United States 08-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book but jumped around too much hard to keep"

    Great book but jumped around too much hard to keep up what person was talking

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    Happy Boater OHIO 08-19-17
    Happy Boater OHIO 08-19-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Compelling"

    I have seen the movie about 6 times and have heard that it was slightly different . The book sheds light on but ads depth to some unknown things in the movie.
    Overall a fun and interesting book - like watching a bullfight. Maybe some elements are wrong, disturbing but something you have to watch

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    Andrew 07-31-17
    Andrew 07-31-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Gets better every chapter"

    The 7th and final chapter was fantastic. Few writers could have captured such a deep well of human emotion. The view of humanity here is raw and unapologetically honest from the character Bell. I can feel his helplessness in the world, see his expectation of virtue, relate to his confessions of inadequacy, and rejoice in his heartfelt reflections of love and beauty and righteous anger.

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    Roberto Flores Jackson, Mi USA 07-25-17
    Roberto Flores Jackson, Mi USA 07-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great, but the "old man" really is irrelevant"

    great, but the "old man" really is irrelevant in that if you 100% remove him from the story, nothing changes.

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    Joni Thurber 07-15-17
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    "Not my style"

    I'm sure this is a good book. I just didn't enjoy it. I think it's just not my style.

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    meghan T. 07-14-17
    meghan T. 07-14-17
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    "Riveting in every way."

    Great story and so well read I could not get enough. Listened to it many times over. Great movie, great book and fantastic audible!

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    andre 05-21-17
    andre 05-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow"

    All I can say is wow. Such an excellent book it is on a whole new level

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    sgonk New York, NY USA 04-23-17
    sgonk New York, NY USA 04-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not really for young men either."

    This incredibly violent story contemplates generational change, the meaning of existence, and morality.

    McCarthy's command of language is again put to good use; in this book his descriptive language is not always on display, but when it is used, it is achingly beautiful. Meanwhile, he writes sparse but devastating dialogue. If McCarthy's books fall in a spectrum of language, "All the Pretty Horses" might define one side while "The Road" would define the opposite. The language in this book is right in the middle.

    Tom Stechschulte has the perfect voice for this novel; his gruff delivery sounds spot-on for most of the characters. He doesn't try too hard to make different voices for each character, and this approach is correct for most narrators.

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    Phillip M. Castaneda 04-20-17
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    "Good reading and performance"

    I really enjoy reading the books movies are made from and this was no exception. I enjoyed the story line the understanding of Texas culture in the 80s that was presented in the book and capturing (even if fictitious) the era in which drugs changed the landscape.

    Beyond that, No Country...also has some thought provoking dialogue around choices, consequences, generational societal changes, God, humanity, family relationships and more.

    I do recommend both the book and the movie.

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  • Mark
    ChesterUnited Kingdom
    5/28/08
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    "First time author for me"

    I have become addicted to audiobooks over the years. Most have been good, others adequate, but few like this book excellent. The story has a brilliant plot with twists and turns, the characters are believable and the narration is second to none.

    Highly recommended, so much so that will I have to watch the film now and have downloaded another book written by Cormac McCarthy.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom
    4/17/08
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    "film success maybe, listen carefully!"

    Amazingly well read, and despite the violence and the blood spilt in the pursuit of dirty money made from drug traficking explicit to the story I see a metaphor for the violence of the history of USA. It rolls over the lives of people which are decimated when they are touched by those whose greed and desire for this dirty money casts the long shadow. Cormac McCarthy uses the men within the story to convey a message deliberate or otherwise to the present and future generations if they will hear. I had to listen twice to the last section of the book and I am likely to go back again.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • peter
    Szentendre, Hungary
    9/23/12
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    "No Country"

    McCarthy does it again for me. Brutal, honest, dreadfully visionary. Narrated to perfection. Enjoyed the film, but "reading it" added new layers to the meaning of the American South. If you have any sense of his work, you will not be disappointed in this one!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Trevor Roy
    Market Harborough, Leics, United Kingdom
    5/12/08
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    "No Country For Old Men"

    Fantastic read!!! And a great Narrator as well. I listen to books on my 2 hour commute each day - and this is one book where I wanted to carry on listening even after I arrived at work. The story is action packed all the way with a great storyline as well, very quickly you get deeply involved with all the characters and what they are doing as the story unfolds. No wonder this book has been made into a great film. Thoroughly enjoyed every minute!!!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew of Melk
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    9/4/14
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    "Best Crime Novel Ever"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommended. It teaches the so-called masters of the crime genre (Connelly, Patterson etc.) a thing or two about tension and realism. But, more importantly, it also lifts the crime genre to the status of great literature because it shows us something new about evil and violence.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "Dark but gripping"

    Loved the film of this and didn't realise until looking at the credits that it was based on a Cormac McCarthy book. Having adored his 'The Road' I downloaded this book as soon as I saw it was here on Audible. It's probably not quite as dark as The Road but still pretty chilling and a gripping read. I recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nick
    Great Dunmow, Essex, United Kingdom
    9/3/09
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    "A cracking listen - great voices, well paced"

    A great version, and my first ever audio book! Voices were superb - never over done or corny, with a menacing Shigure.

    Throughly enjoyed the recording - made a drive from Aberdeen to London fly by! Can't wait to see the film now (and my next audiobook too!)

    p.s., I've also read The Road by McCarthy - also magnificent and would recommend in an instant if you like No Country

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lottie
    GRAYS, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Great"

    Cormac McCarthy is a brilliant storyteller. You feel part of this story as it is being narrated to you.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Welsh Mafia
    North Cornelly
    9/12/08
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    "Call it....Go on,...Call it...Just Call It"

    It is invariably true, that those novels that you struggle with initially turn out to be the most rewarding in the end. You have to work hard initially to hold the various strands of this novel together, but when they come together this is simply brilliant. Due in no small part to a wonderful reading performance by Tom Stechschulte, this book emanates dry, dusty heat. A barren, cracked landscape unfolds in front of us across which bleached characters take shape and move around this country. It really is addictive and works perfectly as a thriller - the central character delivered better than any ? I?m really looking forward to see Javier Bardem?s interpretation in the film adaptation.
    However, it is the thread of vignettes given to us by the Sheriff that slowly but surely becomes the deciding factor in the book?.read it and you?ll know what I mean. A couple of knock-out blows delivered on the body of Right-wing/Left-wing politics and the homogenous certainty of American life. Originality and craft full of energy and life. McCarthy stands easy comparison with William Faulkner on this showing I?ll be returning to the bookshelves for his other works.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
    GLASGOW, Strathclyde United Kingdom
    10/5/17
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    "Brilliant"

    Really gripping story, and the narration was fantastic. Couldn't stop listening. Definitely recommend this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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