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3.00023443910444 out of 53.00023443910444 out of 53.00023443910444 out of 53.00023443910444 out of 53.00023443910444 out of 5 3.00 (8,531 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cormac McCarthy Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 1974 ISBN: 9781470337575
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In this taut, chilling novel, Lester Ballard—a violent, dispossessed man falsely accused of rape—haunts the hill country of East Tennessee when he is released from jail.

A suspenseful, spare, and compelling read, Child of God is McCarthy’s most extreme challenge to the limits of propriety. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vladislav | 2/19/2014

    " Spare and lyrical masterpiece of the Southern Gothic about trials and tribulations of a cave-dwelling cross-dressing necrophiliac hick. Lovely. What a way to start a new year... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray | 2/8/2014

    " This story was bleak, twisted, and seriously fucked-up, yet Cormac's writing is a thing of beauty and I am so glad that I read this! Not for the faint-of-heart, it describes what the human animal devolves into when the powers-that-be take everything away from someone who is already scraping to survive. An excellent western prose that paints disturbing clarity on our not-so-distant past, I believe this book spotlights clear insight into the next breed of serial-killers currently being spawned and cultivated by our current system of corporate greed (IMHO!). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/5/2014

    " I think this may be the darkest book I have ever read. How someone can write so beautifully about such abhorrent subject matter is a mystery to me. I like mysteries though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terra | 1/31/2014

    " absolutely creepy and dark and disturbing...i wanted to put it down, but for some i just couldn't. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fpat Murray | 1/29/2014

    " Lester Ballad is the best protagonist ever, great fashion sense as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louis Dirigible | 1/24/2014

    " parts of the book should be described as gothic melodrama. he actually goes overboard portraying the bleakness and craze of characters, woods, trolls, gnomes, monoliths etc. to the effect it's not backdrop anymore but description becomes a pointed element itself excessive. that to say i liked this book. the arc would be a middling, inverted bell curve - nice beginning and end with a fractured, ebbing in between. lester ballard's a nice character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan Dickstein | 1/22/2014

    " If you are going to read McCarthy, read this to get a good taste. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Avery | 1/20/2014

    " Ghastly, but sympathetic. Child of God, indeed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 1/20/2014

    " wow. flawless storytelling. swift, spare, and dark as dry clotted blood. his skill is such that you can't seem to find it on the page. just pure thrilling story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Szytrus | 1/14/2014

    " Crazy troll with beard, clothed in dress, is following through the mountains with women's body. Still children of God? How much created by people? Cursed by them? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 1/2/2014

    " Loved this. Lester Ballard is a riot. Weird as hell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rustam | 1/2/2014

    " An awesomely prosaic story of a man and his teddy bears. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Falconer | 1/1/2014

    " Beautifully written, short and dark. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 12/21/2013

    " As sick a book as I have read. Disturbing at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Dow | 12/18/2013

    " Unflinching, matter of fact, terse and beautiful. Not an easy read - I'm going to have to read it again to get everything. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 8/18/2013

    " Child of God is one-of-a-kind. Cormac McCarthy is always on game, but something about this novel sears its way into your soul. Enjoy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Kleefeld | 6/28/2013

    " A black haunt of a novel. Even more upsetting than usual. You will often find yourself asking why you continue to read it. It is the unbreakable bond created by the mastery of the writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl Hancock | 6/24/2013

    " So far, it was my least favorite McCarthy book, yet the most disturbing. As is the case with most of McCarthy's books, it is very well written, though it is apparent that he perfected his style in later works. If you don't have the stomach for graphic violence, you should steer clear of this novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 5/21/2013

    " McCarthy is an incredibly talented author. Some of his stuff is a little too much for me. It is not that Child of God is not a well written book, because it is. It is just beyond disturbing. I am feeling very disturbed and a little freaked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kurt Kretzer | 4/5/2013

    " This is a tough one to recommend. I enjoyed it, but I'm glad it was a short read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel Parks | 4/4/2013

    " Staggering prose. I'm still picking myself up off the floor. The absolute apex of language as art. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexis | 3/25/2013

    " violence and autonomy collide. complete destitution. chilling, and way too telling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Tekulve | 2/6/2013

    " Freaking good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gaby | 2/5/2013

    " For this being my first McCarthy book, it was great. It grabs you from the start and not what you expect. Not at all what you expect. Can't wait to read Blood Meridian next. "

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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

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate.