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No Country for Old Men

Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (203 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

Llewelyn Moss is hunting antelope near the Texas-Mexico border when he stumbles upon several dead men, a big stash of heroin, and more than two million dollars in cash. He takes off with the money, and the hunter becomes the haunted. A drug cartel hires a former Special Forces agent to track down the loot, and a ruthless killer joins the chase as well. Also looking for Moss is the aging Sheriff Bell, a World War II veteran who may be Moss' only hope for survival.

Raw and lean, No Country for Old Men is another masterpiece from one of America's acclaimed novelists.

©2005 Cormac McCarthy (P)2005 Recorded Books, LCC

Critic Reviews

"No Country for Old Men gets off to a riveting start as a sort of new wave, hard-boiled Western....Harrowing, propulsive drama." (The New York Times)
"A mesmerizing modern-day western....While the action of the novel thrills, it's the sensitivity and wisdom of Sheriff Bell that makes the book 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)
"Shades of Dostoyevsky, Hemingway, and Faulkner resonate in McCarthy's blend of lyrical narrative, staccato dialogue, and action-packed scenes splattered with bullets and blood. McCarthy fans will revel in the author's renderings of the raw landscapes of Mexico and the Southwest and the precarious souls scattered along the border that separates the two." (Booklist)

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Excellent reading of a superb book.

The reading is superb - well done. The book is gripping and beautifully written. It poses some fundamental questions about America - many of them asked by the ageing sherif at the heart of the story. The writing itself exemplifies some of these problems, not least an infatuation with extreme violence and the guns that perpetrate it. Very strong sense of melancholy at the end of the book as the sheriff retires and America goes to hell in a hand basket.

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Fantastic first book

My first listen on Audible!

Absolutely incredible, fantastic story with a brilliant narrator. Really pulled me into the world. I chose this after reading ‘The Road’, and I’m happy to say that it’s just as affecting.

10/10, off to watch the movie now!

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Awesome

Best I've listened to. I knew the story was good. The performance was outstanding. Brilliant

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Classic storytelling

Dark, violent and riveting. The good guys don’t always win, classic storytelling. Tom Stechschulte sets the benchmark in narration, simply superb.

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What a great book!

Cormac McCarthy is a wonderful storyteller and Tom Stechschulte's narration really brought the characters alive.

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A must read. Keeps playing back in my mind.

Best audible reading I’ve ever experienced. Exceptional story. Gripping story that makes you invested in the people in the story.

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❤ Cormac McCarthy

One of, if not the, world's greatest living authors. McCarthy weaves a blanket of poetry from his words which I wrap around myself and it keeps me feeling safe and warm.

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Chilling - even when you've seen the film

Really enjoyed this - narration was perfect too. Film was very true to the novel.

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Poor story line

Not a good book. Story line is nothing substantial. The book could have been half the length. A lot of on and on babble about nothing that has anything to do with the story. Would not recommend.

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loved it

A gripping read with every character made profound and valuable by the fabulous narration. I was particularly intrigued by the drawling Texas dialogue which gave me the sense of being lulled at the same time the horrific events unfolded.

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  • David
  • 21-02-2008

Typical McCarthy: SUPERB

McCarthy is always brilliant. I read "No Country" when it was first published, and I've listened to the audio version three (or has it been it four?) times. I've rarely recommended an audio book instead of the "real" version, but I'll do just that in this case for one very good reason: I can't imagine a better reader than Tom Stechschulte (if only it were possible to commission Mr.Stechschulte to read "Suttree," which is my favorite McCarthy novel).

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  • P. Giorgio
  • 27-07-2013

Exceptional, engrossing, frightening.

This is one of the best books I have ever read in my life. It is riveting, it is complete, it is complex, it demands much from the reader; it requires re-reading of some sections.

Every single character is "sympathetic." You like them all. You want each of them to achieve their goals.. the good guys and the bad guys. As the murder victims added up, I felt so sad, so sorry for them. The characters are so strong that I will never forget them.

Throughout the book, I kept asking myself "whose story is this?" It comes clear late in the book. It is in parts 7 and 8 that the whole thing begins to stick together.

Still, the end was a little disappointing. There is at least one "missing person," one unexplained death, and it is so much meditation on very "heavy" subjects.

I think I wish McCarthy had put some of that spiritual searching earlier in the book; following so much action, it's a little bottom heavy with stream-of-consciousness, moralizing. The questions are all apt to the story; they provoke deep thought.

There is very little but some politicizing ... some grandstanding by the author, but it was light and it did not feel like a "big statement."

At any rate it is among my all time favorites, right up there with the Classics, the Russians and the Moderns. It is atypical of these post-modern times. The book is old- fashioned in that it tells a real story. It is new-fashioned in that it has a strange approach to dialect -- including phonetic punctuation. It does become comfortable quickly. There are point of view switches that are not always clear until well into each new section's opening paragraphs. Sometimes you don't know whose story we are in, and then you do know because each character is so distinguishable.

Fabulous.

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  • Joe Chad
  • 29-06-2014

A Different sort of novel

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having not read any of Mr. McCarthy's novels I did not know what to expect when I started this novel. As a reader I generally stick to fantasy and some mystery novels. I found this book in one of Audible's sales and had heard of the movie, so i took a look at it. Even though western novels don't tend to be my thing I liked the summary and decided what the hell and got it. After reading the entire book in one day, I am still not sure what to think about it. my first reaction is that was one of the more depressing novels I have ever read. This is saying something because i tend to like novels whitch are gritty and sometimes not happy for the characters. However, I can honestly say that this novel was one of the more violent, disturbing, and sad books I have ever read. This is not to say it was a bad book overall. As far as writing is concerned it was very good, if anything Mr. McCarthy is skilled at his prose. His characters weren't terrible either. They were fairly well developed, the problem with them was that they were very harsh. This was the type of book where you knew who was good and who was bad. The bad people were simply vicious, with some of the most disturbing moral codes I have ever read about, and most of the supposed good people had serious moral flaws as well, even if they are trying to do right. To top off this book has what I would call one of the most unexpected and somewhat disappointing endings ever. Suffice it to say that this novel has one of the most unique endings I have ever read. Finally, the narrator was pretty good, but he seemed to be a little slow and dry in places. however, this monotone kind of fit the story. I would say this book is worth reading, if only because of its strange and intriguing ending. As a final warning I will say that this book is not for everyone, if you like happy books where everything works out, do not read this book.

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  • Chip Atkinson
  • 31-08-2005

Brilliant Narrative, Rare Modern Western

This book reminded me how rare a great modern day Western has become. The wit and wisdom of the sagacious Sheriff Bell, the thrill of the hunt and desperation of the hunted provided me with remarkable entertainment. The narration is as true and believable as McCarthy?s narrative is superb.

McCarthy paints law enforcement through the character of a sheriff, (remember Tarrentino?s Sheriff in Kill Bill), who is as human and patriarchal as he is heroic and smart. Like Thomas Harris? first two novels about remarkably talented FBI profilers fighting unspeakably evil men, McCarthy creates his own super villain in a more believable way.

Listen to this book and I guarantee you will find yourself hoping for more.

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  • David
  • 04-11-2010

Better than "The Road," might make me a fan

I hated "The Road." But everyone is all "Cormac McCarthy is the greatest American writer!" and maybe I just wasn't giving him a fair chance. So I gave him another. I haven't seen the movie, but I decided to listen to "No Country for Old Men" since it was relatively short.

McCarthy could grow on me. This book didn't have all the meandering and forced prose of "The Road"; indeed, it was sparse, clear writing, not at all what I was expecting. The story is a fairly simple one: a Texas good ol' boy out hunting comes across a drug deal gone bad, and decides to make off with the money. The rest of the story follows from that decision and from several other decisions he makes along the way. This is the "literary" angle that hooked me, the fact that every action each character took had definite and clear consequences, even if they weren't immediate. Moral consequences, albeit sometimes according to the alien morality of people like Anton Chigurh, the scary, implacable hit-man who stalks through every page of the book.

If you're at all familiar with McCarthy, you know not to expect rosy outcomes. There's a lot of death and the ending is bleak. I felt the tension went completely slack in the last couple of chapters, and we were left with just an old man grumbling about past mistakes and the state of the world. Also, Chigurh, indubitably the star of the book, was well-drawn but in very sketchy strokes. He's a grayscale figure who's there to scare you and deliver the coup de grace; he's an archetype, but there's really not that much there to him.

That aside, it's a great book if you like tight, sparse, masculine Westerns (which is pretty much what "No Country for Old Men" is, a noir Western set in the present). After being thoroughly unimpressed with the first book I read by Cormac McCarthy, the second one changed my opinion, and I'm now willing to read something else by him.

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  • Marius
  • 03-11-2008

Noire country omen

If you like Chinatown, Tarantino movies and James Ellroy, this is one for you. A crime story with dark overtones, extremely well narrated by Tom Stechschulte. The flow is good, the characters (good and bad) interesting, and the tension high. Perhaps a small note of doubt is sown by the fact that some of the main characters do incredibly dumb things, but McCarthy fashioned the book this way, so who am I to argue? Eventually it kinda fizzles out though.

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  • Catherine
  • 04-12-2012

Great Writing. Too Violent

I tend not to read thrillers or the darker, more violent mystery novels-- I knew that this novel might be over the line for me. Yup. Well written. Just not to my taste. But I love Stechschulte! He is an awesome performer.

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  • Donald
  • 11-08-2009

Please do not judge its great value by the movie.

I saw its movie coming out and thought I would enjoy the audiobook first. I greatly enjoyed the pace of the book and the personalities shown forth. There were a few times that his descriptions were a little vague as I tried to imagine the scene in my head and found a few details lacking, but overall I would consider that a minor problem. I then saw the movie. Even though they certainly got the main events of the book right, the "feel" of it didn't quite compare. To those that saw the movie and are on the fence, I would urge you to enjoy the audiobook and enjoy greater character development and a superior unfolding of the storyline. Give it one more chance.

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  • Alan
  • 20-10-2007

Great story!

Really enjoyed this one. Couldn't put it down, in fact. My favorite reads are thrillers but I do have a taste for good writing and I try to familiarize myself with those folks deemed "great writers".

I had read "All the pretty horses" and, frankly, missed the point. "No Country.." offered McCarthy's great style with a plot line that kept me riveted.

Be warned, this is not a conventional thriller and you will not find a neatly packaged ending. If you'd like to try a thriller with a bit more literary content, this is a great choice.

Super narrator, as well!

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  • Mark L
  • 22-06-2008

No Book for Young Men

I primarily listen to audio books while running, I find music boring on long runs. I enjoy action, mystery, and history. A good mystery can make a 12 mile run fly. No Country For Old Men got off to a good start but it eventually ground to close with Sheriff Bell examining his life. If you are of the mind to think deeply about the serious issues of life you confront as you grow older this is the book for you. If you want top notch action as a distraction from those serious issues listen to something else.

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  • Mark
  • 28-05-2008

First time author for me

I have become addicted to audiobooks over the years. Most have been good, others adequate, but few like this book excellent. The story has a brilliant plot with twists and turns, the characters are believable and the narration is second to none.

Highly recommended, so much so that will I have to watch the film now and have downloaded another book written by Cormac McCarthy.

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  • Susan
  • 17-04-2008

film success maybe, listen carefully!

Amazingly well read, and despite the violence and the blood spilt in the pursuit of dirty money made from drug traficking explicit to the story I see a metaphor for the violence of the history of USA. It rolls over the lives of people which are decimated when they are touched by those whose greed and desire for this dirty money casts the long shadow. Cormac McCarthy uses the men within the story to convey a message deliberate or otherwise to the present and future generations if they will hear. I had to listen twice to the last section of the book and I am likely to go back again.

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  • Peter
  • 09-04-2013

Dark but gripping

Loved the film of this and didn't realise until looking at the credits that it was based on a Cormac McCarthy book. Having adored his 'The Road' I downloaded this book as soon as I saw it was here on Audible. It's probably not quite as dark as The Road but still pretty chilling and a gripping read. I recommend it.

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  • Trevor Roy
  • 12-05-2008

No Country For Old Men

Fantastic read!!! And a great Narrator as well. I listen to books on my 2 hour commute each day - and this is one book where I wanted to carry on listening even after I arrived at work. The story is action packed all the way with a great storyline as well, very quickly you get deeply involved with all the characters and what they are doing as the story unfolds. No wonder this book has been made into a great film. Thoroughly enjoyed every minute!!!

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  • Craig Melville
  • 07-09-2016

Bit bemused

The story was great to start with, but it had a really pointless seeming ending that left a lot unsaid.

Or I'm a moron that missed the point?

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  • Matthew of Melk
  • 04-09-2014

Best Crime Novel Ever

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Highly recommended. It teaches the so-called masters of the crime genre (Connelly, Patterson etc.) a thing or two about tension and realism. But, more importantly, it also lifts the crime genre to the status of great literature because it shows us something new about evil and violence.

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  • peter
  • 23-09-2012

No Country

McCarthy does it again for me. Brutal, honest, dreadfully visionary. Narrated to perfection. Enjoyed the film, but "reading it" added new layers to the meaning of the American South. If you have any sense of his work, you will not be disappointed in this one!

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  • Luke
  • 12-04-2019

Not the ending I was expecting...

The first three quarters of this book had me gripped though it definitely went off the boil. The ending, though philosophical, was disappointing. I enjoyed listening but it rather washed over me.

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  • Chris
  • 08-10-2018

Poor Production of a great Book

Voices where not different enough to tell the difference between different characters, no chapter or "new speaker" . Just found it impossible to get along with this production. Kept having to re-wind or found myself guessing who the hell was speaking. Needs re-working in my opinion x

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  • Valerie
  • 03-10-2016

loved it and hated it

Maybe we are too conditioned for happy endings or endings where the under dog at least gets something for his struggles. So whilst the story had me riveted, I hated that none of the underdogs stories ended well.

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