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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:
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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.

Set in west Texas in 1980, No Country for Old Men focuses on the intersecting lives of a hunter who discovers $2.4 million in abandoned drug money; a Texas county sheriff who must protect an innocent couple; and heavily armed men who are determined to reclaim the money at any cost. As their paths carry them up and down the border between the US and Mexico, each person must confront what it means to abandon a life.

Filled with the harsh landscapes and lyrical language that have earned McCarthy literary fame, this novel is an enduring meditation on the beliefs and hope that inform people’s decisions and shape their destinies. 

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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Sara Edgell | 1/11/2014

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

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