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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (53,705 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: July 2005 ISBN: 9781436126267
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No Country for Old Men braids the lives of three men along a dark path of theft and murder in southwest Texas in 1980, near the Mexican border.

The first man is Llewelyn Moss. Out hunting antelope, he discovers the aftermath of a drug deal gone bad, leaving but one survivor begging for water and a satchel filled with $2.4 million. He takes the money and returns with water, only discover the man has since been killed, and he must now go on the run.

Among those he is running from is Anton Chigurh, a hit man who often decides the life and death fate of those he meets with the flip of a coin. With no conscience, Chigurh will stop at nothing to retrieve the lost money, and will let no one get in this way.

Caught in the middle is Sheriff Ed Tom Bell, a man whose decoration for valor in World War II hides a haunted past. He has worked for many years to make up for his troubled history, and in solving this case and helping the Moss family, he sees his chance at redemption. But is he any match for the sociopathic Chigurh and the drug cartel that wants Moss dead?

Author Cormac McCarthy, in a review posted in the Houston Chronicle in 2005, has been called "our greatest living writer." His book "The Road" won the Pulitzer Prize in 2006, and the film adaptation of "No Country for Old Men" won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Born in Rhode Island, McCarthy's first novel was published in 1965, and his works have been widely acclaimed ever since. He now lives in Santa Fe with his third wife, Jennifer, and his son John.

With millions in drug money at the center, this harrowing story of crime, innocence, and a Texas family caught in the middle focuses on the war that society is waging on itself. The Oscar-winning movie stars Tommy Lee Jones. From the author of All the Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Riveting…A harrowing, propulsive drama.”

    New York Times

  • “A profound meditation on the battle between good and evil and the roles choice and chance play in the shaping of a life.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Profoundly disturbing and gorgeously rendered.”

    Washington Post

  • “Feels like a genuine diagnosis of the postmillennial malady, a scary illumination of the oncoming darkness.”

    Time

  • “He is nothing less than our greatest living writer, and this is a novel that must be read and remembered.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2005 ALA Notable Book Finalist for Fiction
  • A 2005 Hammett Prize Finalist
  • A 2005 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura W | 1/29/2014

    " Dark. I love Cormac McCarthy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Juan Tello | 1/17/2014

    " No country for old men was surprisingly good but it got a little boring toward the end but it was still a pretty good. The book was about a guy named Moss that finds find a group of jeeps in the middle of the Texan desert. There he finds lots of dead bodies that seem like Mexican drug dealers, he looks into one of the cars and finds a a suitcase with 2 million dollars in it. Moss takes the money knowing that the drug dealers would come looking for him, throughout the book Moss continually runs away from getting killed. The book is filled with action and thats why I recommended it. PS I read the book for the extra credit opportunity but I never got an email telling me when the meeting was so I didn't go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekka K. Steg | 1/11/2014

    " Not as good as I'd expected, it was interesting enough though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Edgell | 1/11/2014

    " It's heavy and thick. This native Texan is a fan! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachael Fonte | 12/21/2013

    " I found the story itself exciting, but the first person dialogue of the sheriff bored me. I began skimming towards the end after the "chase" was over. I enjoyed "The Road" much more. This one left me with no questions of my life choices or posing any what if scenarios. It was an entertaining read for a few days. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al Nowak | 11/25/2013

    " So what happened? I enjoyed this book when I read it in preparation for seeing the movie several years ago, but admittedly, I found it somewhat perplexing. The main plot thrust ends up having little meaning on its own. And the ending doesn't really end anything. The book just stops. So does the movie... in exactly the same way. Both made me say, "What?" That said, it's an engaging read. Difficult to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Salvatore Vitale | 11/25/2013

    " One of the best books I've ever read. I love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colby Allen | 11/17/2013

    " Really great but drags a little in the final third. Might be my familiarity with the film that makes me feel this way (the film removes a few scenes and creates a bit more tension with another). Love McCarthy's dialogue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 9/18/2013

    " You know a book is solid when you've seen the movie more than once, you know exactly what is going to happen, and the writer still draws you in and holds your attention with suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Tortorelli | 7/21/2013

    " I am in a quandry about which to love more, the movie or the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Nuttelman | 7/5/2013

    " Quite possibly the best book I've read page for page. I can count the books that have affected me on this deep a level on one hand, and McCarthy has written two of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Grasse | 5/26/2013

    " The movie was excellent, one of my favorites, and this book was better than the movie. Highly recommended reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fanny | 5/5/2013

    " Mc Carthys The Road is of the strongest reading experiences I have had. No Country for Old Men does not reach the same emotional fireworks, but is still very strong in both the story and the characters. A very strong four. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke Jacobs | 1/6/2013

    " I can't give this book low stars because content wise, it's some interesting stuff. I just could not get into the writing style. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gina | 9/25/2012

    " This was supposed to be an easy read...maybe if you're accustomed to a lack of punctuation mixed with an uneducated, southern dialect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken McAlpine | 4/29/2012

    " Poetic and violent; an amazing page-turner from a writer who creates real people, real dialogue, and wrenchingly real story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 1/15/2012

    " Gritty and engaging. Film was well adapted. Coen brothers added subtle comedy in their film which enhanced the darkness of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jasonchicks | 6/28/2011

    " Better than the Border Trilogy, but not as good as Blood Meridian or The Road. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liann | 6/23/2011

    " I enjoy Cormac MaCarthy's writing style, but this one was pretty gruesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 6/14/2011

    " Nobody writes like McCarthy, unless it's maybe
    Richard Wright. Surprising, sad. I read just for
    the dialogue that makes my heart sing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dale | 6/13/2011

    " McCarthy is the ultimate narrator of existential dread in an American idiom. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 6/13/2011

    " Cormac McCarthy has written a decent story. I'm aware that "No Country for Old Men" has been widely acclaimed. As you'll note from my rating, I found it OK. It just didn't capture my attention. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 6/10/2011

    " Makes you want a God with wrath as well as love. "

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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 sixteen 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.