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Summary

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.

©1992 Cormac McCarthy (P)1992 Recorded Books Inc

Critic reviews

"One of the greatest American novels of this or any time." ( Guardian)
"A darkly shining work...executed with consummate skill and much subtlety - the effect is magnificent." ( Observer)
"An exhilarating, exceptional novel." ( Spectator)

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Excellently narrated modern masterpiece

A brilliant tale of friendship, youth, love and darkness. Mixing the very best of Steinbeck with Tarantino, McCarthy takes you down south to Mexico unsure if you’ll be coming back,

The narrator has you sitting beside a campfire listening to every word. His reading brings a magical dimension to the characters, something that could be missed if you were reading the book. I never imagined an audiobook could be such a rich format and profound experience.

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A very good story with great content.<br />

I'll remember this one for a long time for the story and how it's told.

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A beautiful and heartbreaking story.

I was truly sad to get to the end of this incredible story. The author's one of my favourites. His use of the language is both intimate and epic in turn. It's a story of love and life and freindship and belonging. it's tragic and uplifting in the way that only McCarthy can write. The narration was perfect and added so much to my enjoyment. Thanks, I loved it!

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A timeless story written beautifully and narated so well its hard to put down. Life is both cruel and beutiful a cliche but doesnt stop it from being true.

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Cracking listen

Read this book a while ago and loved it so would be interesting to see if it was as good as I remembered.
Well it was narrated brilliantly and didn’t disappoint me.
Cormac McCarthy is a genius and would recommend all his novels but especially this trilogy.

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Magnificent, sublime and gripping

I enjoyed this as much as Blood Meridian. McCarthy writes action as beautifully as he does landscape and the country of the American South-West. Beautifully narrated and an absolute delight from start to finish.

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Wonderfully evocative and lyrical book and reading

Absolutely adored it. Timeless and beautifully written. Took me back to the 19th century in Texas and Mexico was really sorry when it ended.

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A slow burn but worth it, it gets better and better

Took me a while to get into this as I felt the story was a little slow. My advice would be don’t rush it, relax into it and then begin to appreciate the prose and beautifully constructed language around what is a fairly simple story with deep undertones. This was my first Cormac McCarthy book and I will definitely move onto the next one.

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Slow paced. 3.5-4 stars

I didn't enjoy this as much as The Road or No Country For Old Men, it seemed to plod along in parts & I got a bit bored with it. I got used to the pace though & enjoyed the narration although not too much of a story.

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  • 13-03-22

Stays with you

McCarthy's prose is matchless. Taste the dust, smell the horses, feel the loneliness. Epic stuff.

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Loved the story, but the volume was so low it was almost impossible to hear sometimes.

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Beautifully descriptive.

Colin McCarthy has a wonderfully economic writing style. Writing only what needs to be read.