No Country for Old Men

By Cormac McCarthy
Read by Tom Stechschulte

7.52 Hours 07/19/2005 unabridged
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With millions in drug money at the center, this harrowing story of crime, innocence, and a Texas family caught in the middle focuses on the war that society is waging on itself. The Oscar-winning movie stars Tommy Lee Jones. From the author of All the

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A USA Today bestseller

A 2005 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

A 2005 Hammett Prize Finalist

A 2005 ALA Notable Book Finalist for Fiction

With millions in drug money at the center, this harrowing story of crime, innocence, and a Texas family caught in the middle focuses on the war that society is waging on itself. The Oscar-winning movie stars Tommy Lee Jones. From the author of All the

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Riveting…A harrowing, propulsive drama.” New York Times
“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 (starred review)
“Profoundly disturbing and gorgeously rendered.” Washington Post
“Feels like a genuine diagnosis of the postmillennial malady, a scary illumination of the oncoming darkness.” Time
“He is nothing less than our greatest living writer, and this is a novel that must be read and remembered.” Houston Chronicle

Reviews

Reviews

by ShortNFuzzy 9/13/2017
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fantastic!

This is one of the first Cormac McCarthy novels adapted to film (All the Pretty Horses preceded it, but was probably not a good novel to adapt). There are very few novels and films that are right on par with one another quality wise. Two that come to mind are The Exorcist and Silence of the Lambs. No Country for Old Men is only the third novel that I can think of. This beautiful, dark and exciting novel, while being considered a "lesser" novel for McCarthy is a truly thought provoking book that examines the nature and inevitability of evil, dreams, life and to a certain degree, existentialism. If you have seen the film, you'll be surprised at how close the novel and film are to one another, including the "left-field" ending that generated much discussion. Tom Stechschulte's narration is great and he clearly enjoys the reading the beautiful prose. This is the best into to Cormac McCarthy. Highly Recommended!
by Marianne 9/13/2017
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An impressive, exciting, terrifying ride

Though I’ve always admired Cormac McCarthy’s writing, his dense prose has often left me a little, well, bored. Listening to McCarthy’s novels, however, is an entirely different experience.

“No Country for Old Men” is a pure escapism. From the first word to the very last, I found myself lost in the dusty, dangerous world along the US-Mexico border. Tom Stechschulte’s narration—his gravelly voice and slow, deliberate tone—is truly captivating. And even better, Stechschulte is able to render the lyrical cadence of McCarthy’s writing—something I never seemed able to do alone in my head while reading his stories. Dull descriptions of fields and highways became atmospheric, melodic, fascinating. Violent encounters went from senseless to heart-pounding. Once lengthy and uninteresting, character monologues now offered new, enlightening perspectives. It was listening to McCarthy that allowed me to see the genius behind his writing—and the power of an excellent narrator.

Literary musings aside, the story is action-packed, disturbing, frightening, interesting, and completely immersive. And “No Country for Old Men” is considered one of McCarthy’s lesser novels. This is a good introduction for those new to the author; a great listen for those who like his work; and absolute must for those (like me) who aren’t convinced … yet. An impressive, exciting, terrifying ride.

Author

Author Bio: Cormac McCarthy

Cormac McCarthy is the award-winning author of numerous novels in a variety of genres. His book All the Pretty Horses won both the US National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Road won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Pulitzer Prize. A number of his books have been adapted into award-winning films including his 2005 novel, No Country for Old Men, which won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. He is also an accomplished screenwriter and playwright, having been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards for his film The Gardener’s Son and for his work on Visions.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 7.52
Audience: Adult
Language: English