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All the Pretty Horses

The Border Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Frank Muller
Series: Border Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4.5 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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Profound and poetic.

Cormac McCarthy writes with passion and uses language which is deeply poetic. This is a beautiful novel.

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Breathtaking

It was amazing. What an adventure in Mexico for these two fellas, I'm still trying to catch my breath.

It makes my experience in Argentina with dysteria, tinea, thrush, those scabbs on my scalp, a fella getting stabbed and having to eat a horse seem like something that could happen at my nephew's next birthday party.

I could relate to the color descriptions of the landscapes, and about being questioned by officials as to the reason you're there as opposed to being in your own country where the money is so much better, I can see why that would seem suspicious.

I felt sorry for the ranch owner for putting that much trust in them that he had his own investigation done so he could prove their innocence just to be let down and find out they'd lied to him.

I liked the part when Alejandra would sneak over to his room at the stables and when they'd have sex he'd put his hand over her mouth so nobody could hear her and she'd bite his hand that hard it would draw blood, that's one of those rare instances of passion that aren't felt many times in a lifetime.

My favorite part was at the end when he got back to Texas and said he didn't know where his country was. Once you wander a bit and see some of the world it's truly hard to know where you belong as you end up with a little bit of everywhere you've been in you.

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very nice

outstanding word play, McCarthy is a genius at creating landscapes while the story plot blew me away with its elegant twists and turns.

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Disappointing

I loved "No country for old men". I realise that I shouldn't expect a re run of that book, but I was exceedingly disappointed with this. I am sure that it is well written, but the story tends to ramble and lacks any pace or direction. This may be an attraction for some people but doesn't hold my attention. I am a couple of hours in and unlikely to finish the book unless I run out of other stuff to read or listen to. Thinking of returning this.

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Exquisite.

I devoured this book, loving every aspect of it. From the sumptous and generous writing to the excellent narration.

So much of the books themes, locals and history was totally alien to me, so it was an incredible and oft heart-rendering experience that I will treasure.

The moods and relationships and landscapes are masterfully echoed in the authors language and will be a solemn delight to any lover of good fiction, I reckon.

It should be noted that due attention is given to the equine world, and the relationships between human and horse are as deeply considered as any other relationship explored in the book. So, if you lilove horses and reading, this is a must!

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Outstanding

I don’t have the skill to write a review deserving of this book.
Extraordinary, heartbreaking, brutal and raw.
I am forever changed.

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  • 15-09-2018

Beautifully descriptive.

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

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  • 25-09-2016

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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  • 14-01-2018

hypnotic

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-09-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-12-2019

A beginning of an amazing trilogy...

... by the greatest novelist alive. Breathtaking writing and themes deep as life and death.