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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (33,663 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cormac McCarthy Narrator: Richard Po Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Author of the National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

Kid’s birth ended his mother’s life in Tennessee. Scrawny and wiry, the impoverished and illiterate youth runs away at the age of fourteen, making his way westward and finding trouble at every turn. Then he’s recruited by Army irregulars, lured by the promise of spoils and bound for Mexico. Churning a dusty path toward destiny, he witnesses unknown horrors and suffering—and yet, as if shielded by the almighty hand of God, he survives to breathe another day.

Earning McCarthy comparisons to greats like Melville and Faulkner, Blood Meridian is a masterwork of rare genius. Gifted narrator Richard Poe wields the author’s prose like a man born to speak it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “McCarthy employs a neo-Biblical rhetoric, a soaring, pulsing…Always stirring diction without parallel in American writing today.

    USA Today

  • “Blood Meridian…seems to me clearly the major esthetic achievement of any living American writer.”

    New York Observer 

  • “The book reads like a conflation of the Inferno, the Iliad, and Moby-Dick…An extraordinary, breathtaking achievement."

    Independent (London) 

  • “If what we call ‘horror’ can be seen as including any literature that has dark, horrific subject matter, then Blood Meridian is, in this reviewer’s estimation, the best horror novel ever written. It’s a perverse, picaresque Western…Imagine the imagery of Sam Peckinpah and Heironymus Bosch as written by William Faulkner, and you’ll have just an inkling of this novel’s power. From the opening scenes about a fourteen-year-old Tennessee boy who joins the band of hunters to the extraordinary, mythic ending, this is an American classic about extreme violence.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • Time Magazine: 1 of the 100 Best English-Language Novels from 1923-2005
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick for 10 Best Books Set in the American West

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nick | 2/8/2014

    " By far the most terrifying book I've ever read in that it likens the west to a maelstrom of death, violence, and pure evil. Nothing is sacred in Blood Meridian. Also, it is one of the most poetically written books I've ever read. McCarthy's depictions are eloquent beyond measure and attain full bloom in this novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pole And | 1/31/2014

    " Probably the most hideously grotesque work to date... and I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Fraser | 1/25/2014

    " Remarkable and horrifying, Blood Meridian is as strong a reminder as there has ever been that violence and depravity were not invented by the twentieth century, nor have they ever been absent from America. There is a curt, cold detachment to McCarthy's prose (as always) but what comes through most is the realization that deep down, humans are generally terrible people. Pretending otherwise will leave you dead in a ditch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lucas | 1/20/2014

    " This one was difficult for me due, in part, to the seamless way McCarthy blends slang, Spanish, and broken English with more conventional language. Has all the qualities of a fever dream blended with an ultra-violent western and some kind of "from-above" commentary on the history of the southwest - there's lots of material out there to help readers understand the references, context, etc. and I think looking through them AFTER you've read the book is a great idea. I also think I'd enjoy this more if I went over it again with a group of people interested in exploring some of the ideas behind the narrative and wall-to-wall prose (in some ways this is harder to read than "The Melancholy of Resistance"). Lots of amazing, unforgettable scenes and one antagonist (if you can call him that? What is an antagonist in a book full of them?)that stands hairless and peerless above the rest. Enjoyed this way more than "The Road" and felt that the craftsmanship fit the content better. In "The Road" McCarthy is just showing off, but here his writing makes everything more intense, desperate, and sometimes tedious, though that's less a fault and more an effect. "

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