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All the Pretty Horses Audiobook

All the Pretty Horses: The Border Trilogy, Book One

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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

What the Critics Say

National Book Award, 1992


"This is a novel so exuberant in its prose, so offbeat in its setting and so mordant and profound in its deliberations that one searches in vain for comparisons in American literature." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Slow to get going but evolves into a gripping story featuring some fantastic imagery and engaging characters

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  • LMS
    Los Angeles, Ca United States
    21/05/15
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    "Beautiful writing"

    There's another reviewer said this book is too slow. It is slow, but I'm not sure that's the point. The writing, the scenery, the characters are so Beautiful, I found myself hitting the repeat last 30 seconds button over and over again. A great audiobook.

    Also, the performance is spectacular. I don't imagine this prose is the easiest to read, but this reader performs it thoughtfully and with Grace, and it's a joy to listen to.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Brian S. Umbel
    20/04/16
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    "excellent read..."

    The narrator was great. I recommend that if you don't have a rudimentary understanding of Spanish that you have a Spanish to English reference tool available.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • anthony petro
    12/02/16
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    "Not my favourite cormac McCarthy novel"

    I thought the story was a bit slow. The descriptive style was nice and exactly what I would expect from this author. If you haven't read it, I would start with Blood Meridian instead.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • mama pajama
    Brookeville, MD USA
    25/04/16
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    "Disappointing: lyrical but confusing"

    The plot relies heavily on dialogue, which is frequently in Spanish with no English translation or context. It also employs frequent use of technical terms related to horses. Thus, the story is difficult to follow without some knowledge of Spanish and horses! The narrative verse is lovely, poetic, and rich with imagery, but it tends to stand still in time. This reader was very confused about what was happening throughout most of the book, including the events and the characters' motivations. This book was a big disappointment!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Douglass A. Lobo
    Miami, Florida United States
    23/01/15
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    "McCarthy is just a great writer"

    Another stark, gut wrenching window into the depths of a soul by McCarthy. He is such a powerful writer and captures the horror and beauty of humanity, and "all the Pretty Horses" just does that. The book will leave you raw and disquieted and wondering what does anything mean.....powerful writing!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • myles
    20/12/15
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    "If I was born in a different time"

    Spoke to the need of me as a young man to venture into the unknown.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jagdagfive
    25/08/16
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    "Wonderful tale"

    This is a great novel from beginning to end. The narrator did an excellent job switching quickly between characters and using the perfect tones in the dialog!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert B.
    13/07/16
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    "the best. don't miss this book"

    one of the best stories I've ever heard, don't miss this story. I was riveted until the end

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Palm Beach, FL, United States
    10/06/16
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    "Stupendously Magnificent"

    This is a book of such astounding magnificence it is hard to believe. In 50 years of reading fiction I have rarely, if ever, come across such proud literary merit. I have read other Cormack McCarthy books and had developed great respect for his talent, but "All The Pretty Horses" is a masterpiece. The presentation is also the best I've ever encountered with Audiobooks. Don't miss it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Susan Louis
    10/04/16
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    "Suzy"

    Fantastic book great storytelling. The narrator was excellent. Excellent writer really worth listening to thx

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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