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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barnaby Conrad Narrator: Barnaby Conrad Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It is the morning of Pacote’s last fight, the finale of one of the greatest careers in Spain. The posters are up, the great black bulls are waiting, and a heavy air of expectancy hangs over the city. Pacote, alone in his dressing room, feels the heavy ball of fear pressing against his heart. For he knows that he has been falling off, that he will be unable to face the bulls this day, that he will disgrace himself before the young upstart who is fighting with him and before the crowd that has immortalized him too soon. And there is a woman … the woman.

From the moment the gate is opened and the first bull enters the ring, you are there in the stands with the screaming crowd, at the ringside with the sweating sword handlers and the banderilleros, and in the lonely emptiness at the center of the arena with only a red cape and a slender sword.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “My favorite novel of the year.” 

    John Steinbeck

  • “An authentic and enormously exciting novel.”

    New York Times

  • “[A] short, taut novel…It is a story composed almost entirely of peaks and highlights. It is from this concentration that the novel derives its drive and energy.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “[Conrad] knows the bullring inside out, as well as if not better than…Ernest Hemingway….[Matador] is a tale of high courage, throbbing with excitement. A book that no one can possibly put down until he has turned the last page.”

    Book-of-the-Month Club News

  • “Hemingway has given us, supremely, the drama and poetry of the bullfight from the observer’s viewpoint…in Conrad’s extraordinary study of the psychology of fear…the bullfighter is seen as the human behind the public idol…persuasive and contagious…A tour de force, successfully carried through.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John | 9/2/2010

    " After reading this book, i now understand the appeal of bull fignting. and have a new respect for the bull fighters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Donald | 10/31/2008

    " One of the two best novels I have read set in the world of bullfighting It fictionalizes the last corrida of the great Manolete. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Donald | 7/30/2008

    " One of the two best novels I have read set in the world of bullfighting It fictionalizes the last corrida of the great Manolete. "

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About the Author

Barnaby Conrad is the author of twenty-five books of fiction and nonfiction, including Hemingway’s Spain, How to Fight a Bull, and Matador, which has sold more than three million copies. He is an artist and former bullfighter and American vice-consul in Spain, founder and codirector of the Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference, and a native San Franciscan.