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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (37,258 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cormac McCarthy Narrator: Frank Muller Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Border Trilogy Release Date:
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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 sixteen-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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rambunctious, high-spirited…A true American original.”


  • “Part bildungsroman, part horse opera, part meditation on courage and loyalty.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “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

  • Winner of the 1992 National Book Award for Fiction
  • Winner of the 1992 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Nominated for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • An ALA Notable Book Finalist for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ellen | 2/10/2014

    " I saw the movie years ago, and finally just got around to reading this. I like McCarthy's simple writing style and how well he's able to use it to convey the passion of these cowboys, but I had a hard time picturing where they were. Maybe it was the images of Matt Damon and Penelope Cruz taking up too much space in my brain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Arlene | 2/5/2014

    " In this first volume of the Border Trilogy, the reader goes along on an adventurous ride with three "youngins" across the border to the beautiful and rugged northern area of Mexico. The adventure is sometimes comical, sometimes emotional, often dangerous, and always experiential in a beyond-the-ordinary sort of way. This adventure is beautifully presented and it is well-worth getting involved in the life-learning experiences of the three young cowboys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alyson macmullan | 2/2/2014

    " incredible. Cormac McCarthy is a genius. His writing style is so rich without being boring. This particular story took my breath away. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michael (Mike) | 2/2/2014

    " Great novel. Aligns itself with a lot of my personal thoughts and experiences. I have ridden my motorcycle throughout most of Texas and Coahuila (Mexico), so the descriptions of the towns and cities like Monclova (Coah), Cuatro Cienegas (Coah), Saltillo (Coah), Parras de La Fuente (Coah), Bracketville (TX), Ozona (TX), Del Rio (TX), etc., sat well with me. I've been to all of them. I can relate to the travels of the protagonists of this novel that made these travels on horseback while dealing with the weather, horse "maintenance," and other issues that come from unconventional travel. However, of greater meaning to me were the morals of the protagonists. They displayed moral and physical courage, something that I think has slipped away from today's modern, trendy, and effeminate male. My wife tells me there was a movie made of this novel. I wonder how much of it was metrosexualized by Hollywood. I will be reading the remaining novels of this trilogy for sure. Read on my Kindle. "

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