Border Trilogy

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 2,643 ratings

All the Pretty Horses Publisher's Summary

Cormac McCarthy is a quiet, unassuming presence in American fiction today, but like the slow, measured voices of many of his characters, he speaks with an authority and conviction that demands an audience. All the Pretty Horses, McCarthy's sixth novel, is a cowboy odyssey for modern times. Set in the late 1940s, it features the travels and toils of a 16-year-old East Texan named John Grady Cole, caught in the agonizing purgatory between adolescence and adulthood.

At the start of the novel, Cole's grandfather has just died, his parents have permanently separated, and the family ranch, upon which he had placed so many boyish hopes, has been sold. Rootless and increasingly restive, Cole leaves Texas, accompanied by his friend Lacey Rawlins, and begins a journey across the vaquero frontier into the badlands of northern Mexico. In spite of its hard realities and spare telling, All the Pretty Horses is a lyrical and richly romantic story, chronicling - along with the erosion of the frontier - the loss of an era.

©1992 Cormac McCarthy (P)1992 Recorded Books, LLC
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  • Book 1

    • All the Pretty Horses

    • The Border Trilogy, Book One
    • By: Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated by: Frank Muller
    • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,694
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,565
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,552

    Sixteen-year-old John Grady Cole's grandfather has just died, his parents have permanently separated, and the family ranch, upon which he had placed so many boyish hopes, has been sold. Rootless and increasingly restive, Cole leaves Texas, accompanied by his friend Lacey Rawlins, and begins a journey across the vaquero frontier into the badlands of northern Mexico.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful writing

    • By LMS on 05-21-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • All the Pretty Horses

    • The Border Trilogy, Book 1
    • By: Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated by: Frank Muller
    • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    John Grady Cole is the last bewildered survivor of long generations of Texas ranchers. Finding himself cut off from the only life he has ever wanted, he sets out for Mexico with his friend, Lacey Rawlins. Befriending a third boy on the way, they find a country beyond their imagining: barren and beautiful, rugged yet cruelly civilised.... A place where dreams are paid for in blood.

    Regular price: $22.27

  • Book 2

    • The Crossing

    • The Border Trilogy, Book Two
    • By: Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated by: Richard Poe
    • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 352
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 323
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 322

    In the late 1930s, 16-year-old Billy Parham captures a she-wolf that has been marauding his family's ranch. But instead of killing it, he decides to take it back to the mountains of Mexico. With that crossing he begins an arduous and often dreamlike journey into a country where men meet ghosts and violence strikes as suddenly as heat lightning - a world where there is no order "save that which death has put there".

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not my favorite , But still wonderfull

    • By shane on 06-16-16

    Regular price: $31.49

    • The Crossing

    • The Border Trilogy Book 2
    • By: Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated by: Richard Poe
    • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87

    Sixteen-year-old Billy and his brother Boyd are fascinated by an elusive wolf that has been marauding his family's ranch. Billy captures the animal - but rather than kill it, sets out impulsively for the mountains of Mexico to return it to where it came from. Billy returns, finding himself and his world have irrevocably changed. His loss of innocence has come at a price, and once again the border beckons with its desolate beauty and cruel promise.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great listen beautiful prose rich characters

    • By garrett sullivan on 04-12-17

    Regular price: $22.27

  • Book 3

    • Cities of the Plain

    • The Border Trilogy, Book Three
    • By: Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated by: Frank Muller
    • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 487
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 447
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 446

    In his novels, best-selling author Cormac McCarthy creates a western landscape filled with characters that are both mythic and authentic. Cities of the Plain, the stunning conclusion of his award-winning Border trilogy, brings together John Grady Cole and Billy Parham—the two lifelong friends who began their adventures in All the Pretty Horses.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perhaps the best of "The Border Trilogy"!

    • By JW on 03-12-12

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Cities of the Plain

    • Border Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated by: Frank Muller
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Two men marked by the boyhood adventures of All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing now stand together to confront a country changing beyond recognition. In the fall of 1952, John Grady Cole and Billy Parham are cowboys on a New Mexico ranch, encroached upon from the north by the military. On the southern horizon are the mountains of Mexico, where one of the men is drawn incessantly in this story of friendships and passion to a love as dangerous as it is inevitable.

    Regular price: $19.41