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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (33,567 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cormac McCarthy Narrator: Robert G. Slade Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN:
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Blood Meridian is widely recognised as the masterpiece of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Cormac McCarthy. It is an historical epic, a compelling reinterpretation of the Western, and one of the great American novels of the 20th century. It tells the story of a teenage runaway known only as the kid, who falls in with a group of notorious outlaws: the Glanton Gang. Violent, direct, and extraordinarily powerful, the novel traces the destiny of 'the kid' as he falls further and further from grace, and into the clutches of the mysterious and demonic Judge Holden.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dlbates04 | 2/18/2014

    " The relative firepower , mobility, and tactics of the rival forces is absolutely accurate. My boyhood home in the Texas Panhandle was Comancheria. The Comanches used horses both as transportation and armour. Before the Walker Colt.44 pistol the Comanche could ride at full speed and shoot arrows into a fleeing man who had fired his single shot rifle. The Comanche had a hide or hair rope they braided into his horses' neck hair used as a sling to hang from the side of the horse away from the foe. The 6 shot .44 Walker Colt would penetrate the horse body and also the rider clinging to the side of the horse. Thank God for the .44 Walker. The Comanche and Kiowa burned captive whites and other Indians just for fun. The .44 Colt killed so fast the victims had no time to be tortured. The .44 Colt had the range and hitting power of the modern .357 which will completely penetrate an automobile engine block. What a horror story if the rest of the story is as accurate !! The Judge ''will never die.'' "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg Perowne | 2/15/2014

    " Well this sure was a violent book. I felt as if I was reading the plot of a video game, something like GTA set in the Wild West. It's an interesting read with a huge change of pace from most other highly regarded literature! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 J A | 2/13/2014

    " Removing the senseless violence from this book would be like removing the cusswords from a Limp Bizkit song; there'd be nothing left. The book is filled with descriptions designed to do no more than to make the reader turn away in horror. Good luck finding a plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris Jarred | 1/27/2014

    " I really want to like McCarthy. I love westerns, so I really wanted to like this book. But I didn't. I didn't hate it, for the most part, but I was really underwhelmed. Everybody talks about the violence and gore, but I honestly didn't think it was that bad. Maybe Game of Thrones desensitized me, because this was nowhere near as graphic as those books. But I enjoy a plot, which this didn't have. I don't think endings have to be happy (see Stephen King), but I also don't think endings open to interpretation are much to my liking. So McCarthy is 0 for 2 so far, since I also didn't like The Road. On a minor note, I'm all for trying to be different, but would quotation marks kill the guy? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flukeman Carnahan | 1/18/2014

    " McCarthy novels are not meant to be read all in a row "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rodrigo Prudencio | 1/10/2014

    " This is certain Mccarthy's best book and one the finest of modern American lit "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Fischer | 12/27/2013

    " Astounding prose which contrasts vividly beautiful scenery with the absolute worst brutality of man. The Judge was an interesting and at times humorous at times hideous character. The Kid never really comes across as a strong narrator, he more or less goes along for the ride until the ending. A very intense read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ross | 12/26/2013

    " In my opinion the greatest novel of the last 30 years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/3/2013

    " This book is not for the faint of heart. I took off a star for gratuitous violence of which I probably didn't understand the deeper meaning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randall Marsh | 11/14/2013

    " read. weep for the human condition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce | 10/20/2013

    " What is god if not war? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas Beaumont | 9/13/2013

    " Wow. This is one you'll need to read a few times before really being "done" reading it. Heavy duty and very stylish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Duke Stoetzer | 5/25/2013

    " This is a difficult book to read, the writing is not what you enjoy, BUT it is a magnificent book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan Williams | 5/21/2012

    " A bloody, faustian epic of a novel: once read, never forgotten. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Page | 4/15/2012

    " I'm only giving this 5 stars because there aren't 6. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Day | 3/16/2012

    " On the surface, an exceptionally well-crafted literary disembowelment of romanticized American-Western fiction. Underneath, a terrifying magnification of the nature of human violence and the depravity of wicked men. Looking forward to the re-read in a few years once I've properly steeled myself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom | 2/28/2012

    " Highly recommended by friends. Critical acclaim. Great author. Just couldn't get into this one. But it must just be me, given all the rave reviews. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/24/2012

    " Here's another too-grim-for-me book in which evil is so deep there is barely room for goodness. But McCarthy's diction, both savage and courtly, is something to behold. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 11/7/2011

    " A gritty, violent portrait of interactions between a marauding gang of Americans, Mexicans and Native Americans near the time of the Mexican-American war. There is a lot of riding around on horses and a lot of gore. Interesting characters. If you enjoy McCarthy's style of story telling go for it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 11/2/2011

    " Darkly funny, but detailed me to exhaustion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 11/1/2011

    " Man, this book was violent. Good, but violent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 10/30/2011

    " Sorry Brooke, it was far too dense for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 10/30/2011

    " I've never read a book with so much violence. Holy shitballs! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 10/23/2011

    " This book convinced me McCormack is the best living writer. Period. Stunning prose. Transcendent writing. "

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About the Author
Author 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.

About the Narrator

Robert G. Slade has been a professional actor for nearly thirty years, performing in film, television, radio, and stage work. He appeared in Casino Royale in 2006. He has spent much of his professional life in Canada but has been appearing across the UK in all media since moving to London in 2005.