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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 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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In his novels, bestselling author Cormac McCarthy creates a western landscape filled with characters that are both mythic and authentic. Cities of the Plain, the stunning conclusion of his award-winning Border trilogy, brings together John Grady Cole and Billy Parham—the two lifelong friends who began their adventures in All the Pretty Horses. It is 1952. As Grady and Billy work a remote New Mexico ranch, Grady falls in love with a young Mexican prostitute. Determined to free her from her owner, Grady embarks on his dangerous quest of the heart. Billy tries to protect and help him, but the forces at work soon demand sacrifices greater than either can control. Capturing visions of the American West during its last decades, McCarthy’s powerful work is destined to leave a permanent mark on contemporary literature. You don’t have to read the other books in the trilogy to enjoy superstar narrator Frank Muller’s performance, which brings a dramatic intensity to Cities of the Plain and makes it an exceptional listening experience. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There is not much solace in McCarthy-land; there is only the triumph of prose, endlessly renewed, forever in search of a closure it will not find save in silence.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Showcases Mr. McCarthy’s gifts as an old-fashioned storyteller…His most readable, emotionally engaging novel yet.” 

    New York Times 

  • “This book has the kind of rugged protagonists men will identify with; for women, it sparkles and fairly shimmers with the kind of man’s talk that women find amusing. In an epilogue, McCarthy quests after the elusive meaning of life, tearing off a page from Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.” 

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Grave and majestic…McCarthy has created an imaginative oeuvre greater and deeper than any single book. Such writers wrestle with the gods themselves.” 

    Washington Post Book World 

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lynne | 5/11/2011

    " You either love him or can't stand him. I'm in the first category. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kerrie | 5/7/2011

    " Not one of my faves. Well written as always, but I found myself asking, "what's the point?" and feeling like I didn't really get an answer. Felt like he tried too hard to wrap everything together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Peter | 4/25/2011

    " Having read all but one of his books previously, I was surprised by the rhythm of this book, the lack of violence, the odd finish to a trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Josh | 4/11/2011

    " Collectively, The Border Trilogy is most powerful and beautiful story I have ever read. This book touches nicely on the complexity of life, its beauty and its pain. In the end I think its a story about the web of realtionships that form our lives and describe us as humans. "

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