Votre titre Audible gratuit

No Country for Old Men

Lu par : Tom Stechschulte
Durée : 7 h et 29 min
3 out of 5 stars (2 notations)

Prix : 23,97 €

9,95 € / mois après 30 jours. Résiliable à tout moment.

Description

Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

Llewelyn Moss is hunting antelope near the Texas-Mexico border when he stumbles upon several dead men, a big stash of heroin, and more than two million dollars in cash. He takes off with the money, and the hunter becomes the haunted. A drug cartel hires a former Special Forces agent to track down the loot, and a ruthless killer joins the chase as well. Also looking for Moss is the aging Sheriff Bell, a World War II veteran who may be Moss' only hope for survival.

Raw and lean, No Country for Old Men is another masterpiece from one of America's acclaimed novelists.

©2005 Cormac McCarthy (P)2005 Recorded Books, LCC

Critiques

"No Country for Old Men gets off to a riveting start as a sort of new wave, hard-boiled Western....Harrowing, propulsive drama." (The New York Times)
"A mesmerizing modern-day western....While the action of the novel thrills, it's the sensitivity and wisdom of Sheriff Bell that makes the book 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)
"Shades of Dostoyevsky, Hemingway, and Faulkner resonate in McCarthy's blend of lyrical narrative, staccato dialogue, and action-packed scenes splattered with bullets and blood. McCarthy fans will revel in the author's renderings of the raw landscapes of Mexico and the Southwest and the precarious souls scattered along the border that separates the two." (Booklist)

Autres livres audio du même :

Ce que les membres d'Audible en pensent

Notations

Global

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 étoiles
    1
  • 4 étoiles
    0
  • 3 étoiles
    0
  • 2 étoiles
    0
  • 1 étoile
    1

Interprétation

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 étoiles
    1
  • 4 étoiles
    0
  • 3 étoiles
    0
  • 2 étoiles
    0
  • 1 étoile
    1

Histoire

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 étoiles
    1
  • 4 étoiles
    0
  • 3 étoiles
    0
  • 2 étoiles
    0
  • 1 étoile
    1

Il n'y a pas encore de critique disponible pour ce titre.
Trier par :
Trier par:
  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour David
  • David
  • 21/02/2008

Typical McCarthy: SUPERB

McCarthy is always brilliant. I read "No Country" when it was first published, and I've listened to the audio version three (or has it been it four?) times. I've rarely recommended an audio book instead of the "real" version, but I'll do just that in this case for one very good reason: I can't imagine a better reader than Tom Stechschulte (if only it were possible to commission Mr.Stechschulte to read "Suttree," which is my favorite McCarthy novel).

75 sur 76 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Interprétation
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour P. Giorgio
  • P. Giorgio
  • 27/07/2013

Exceptional, engrossing, frightening.

This is one of the best books I have ever read in my life. It is riveting, it is complete, it is complex, it demands much from the reader; it requires re-reading of some sections.

Every single character is "sympathetic." You like them all. You want each of them to achieve their goals.. the good guys and the bad guys. As the murder victims added up, I felt so sad, so sorry for them. The characters are so strong that I will never forget them.

Throughout the book, I kept asking myself "whose story is this?" It comes clear late in the book. It is in parts 7 and 8 that the whole thing begins to stick together.

Still, the end was a little disappointing. There is at least one "missing person," one unexplained death, and it is so much meditation on very "heavy" subjects.

I think I wish McCarthy had put some of that spiritual searching earlier in the book; following so much action, it's a little bottom heavy with stream-of-consciousness, moralizing. The questions are all apt to the story; they provoke deep thought.

There is very little but some politicizing ... some grandstanding by the author, but it was light and it did not feel like a "big statement."

At any rate it is among my all time favorites, right up there with the Classics, the Russians and the Moderns. It is atypical of these post-modern times. The book is old- fashioned in that it tells a real story. It is new-fashioned in that it has a strange approach to dialect -- including phonetic punctuation. It does become comfortable quickly. There are point of view switches that are not always clear until well into each new section's opening paragraphs. Sometimes you don't know whose story we are in, and then you do know because each character is so distinguishable.

Fabulous.

84 sur 86 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Interprétation
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour Joe Chad
  • Joe Chad
  • 29/06/2014

A Different sort of novel

Any additional comments?

having not read any of Mr. McCarthy's novels I did not know what to expect when I started this novel. As a reader I generally stick to fantasy and some mystery novels. I found this book in one of Audible's sales and had heard of the movie, so i took a look at it. Even though western novels don't tend to be my thing I liked the summary and decided what the hell and got it. After reading the entire book in one day, I am still not sure what to think about it. my first reaction is that was one of the more depressing novels I have ever read. This is saying something because i tend to like novels whitch are gritty and sometimes not happy for the characters. However, I can honestly say that this novel was one of the more violent, disturbing, and sad books I have ever read. This is not to say it was a bad book overall. As far as writing is concerned it was very good, if anything Mr. McCarthy is skilled at his prose. His characters weren't terrible either. They were fairly well developed, the problem with them was that they were very harsh. This was the type of book where you knew who was good and who was bad. The bad people were simply vicious, with some of the most disturbing moral codes I have ever read about, and most of the supposed good people had serious moral flaws as well, even if they are trying to do right. To top off this book has what I would call one of the most unexpected and somewhat disappointing endings ever. Suffice it to say that this novel has one of the most unique endings I have ever read. Finally, the narrator was pretty good, but he seemed to be a little slow and dry in places. however, this monotone kind of fit the story. I would say this book is worth reading, if only because of its strange and intriguing ending. As a final warning I will say that this book is not for everyone, if you like happy books where everything works out, do not read this book.

64 sur 66 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour Chip Atkinson
  • Chip Atkinson
  • 31/08/2005

Brilliant Narrative, Rare Modern Western

This book reminded me how rare a great modern day Western has become. The wit and wisdom of the sagacious Sheriff Bell, the thrill of the hunt and desperation of the hunted provided me with remarkable entertainment. The narration is as true and believable as McCarthy?s narrative is superb.

McCarthy paints law enforcement through the character of a sheriff, (remember Tarrentino?s Sheriff in Kill Bill), who is as human and patriarchal as he is heroic and smart. Like Thomas Harris? first two novels about remarkably talented FBI profilers fighting unspeakably evil men, McCarthy creates his own super villain in a more believable way.

Listen to this book and I guarantee you will find yourself hoping for more.

10 sur 10 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Interprétation
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour David
  • David
  • 04/11/2010

Better than "The Road," might make me a fan

I hated "The Road." But everyone is all "Cormac McCarthy is the greatest American writer!" and maybe I just wasn't giving him a fair chance. So I gave him another. I haven't seen the movie, but I decided to listen to "No Country for Old Men" since it was relatively short.

McCarthy could grow on me. This book didn't have all the meandering and forced prose of "The Road"; indeed, it was sparse, clear writing, not at all what I was expecting. The story is a fairly simple one: a Texas good ol' boy out hunting comes across a drug deal gone bad, and decides to make off with the money. The rest of the story follows from that decision and from several other decisions he makes along the way. This is the "literary" angle that hooked me, the fact that every action each character took had definite and clear consequences, even if they weren't immediate. Moral consequences, albeit sometimes according to the alien morality of people like Anton Chigurh, the scary, implacable hit-man who stalks through every page of the book.

If you're at all familiar with McCarthy, you know not to expect rosy outcomes. There's a lot of death and the ending is bleak. I felt the tension went completely slack in the last couple of chapters, and we were left with just an old man grumbling about past mistakes and the state of the world. Also, Chigurh, indubitably the star of the book, was well-drawn but in very sketchy strokes. He's a grayscale figure who's there to scare you and deliver the coup de grace; he's an archetype, but there's really not that much there to him.

That aside, it's a great book if you like tight, sparse, masculine Westerns (which is pretty much what "No Country for Old Men" is, a noir Western set in the present). After being thoroughly unimpressed with the first book I read by Cormac McCarthy, the second one changed my opinion, and I'm now willing to read something else by him.

68 sur 74 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour Marius
  • Marius
  • 03/11/2008

Noire country omen

If you like Chinatown, Tarantino movies and James Ellroy, this is one for you. A crime story with dark overtones, extremely well narrated by Tom Stechschulte. The flow is good, the characters (good and bad) interesting, and the tension high. Perhaps a small note of doubt is sown by the fact that some of the main characters do incredibly dumb things, but McCarthy fashioned the book this way, so who am I to argue? Eventually it kinda fizzles out though.

25 sur 27 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Interprétation
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour Catherine
  • Catherine
  • 04/12/2012

Great Writing. Too Violent

I tend not to read thrillers or the darker, more violent mystery novels-- I knew that this novel might be over the line for me. Yup. Well written. Just not to my taste. But I love Stechschulte! He is an awesome performer.

31 sur 34 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour Donald
  • Donald
  • 11/08/2009

Please do not judge its great value by the movie.

I saw its movie coming out and thought I would enjoy the audiobook first. I greatly enjoyed the pace of the book and the personalities shown forth. There were a few times that his descriptions were a little vague as I tried to imagine the scene in my head and found a few details lacking, but overall I would consider that a minor problem. I then saw the movie. Even though they certainly got the main events of the book right, the "feel" of it didn't quite compare. To those that saw the movie and are on the fence, I would urge you to enjoy the audiobook and enjoy greater character development and a superior unfolding of the storyline. Give it one more chance.

13 sur 14 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour Alan
  • Alan
  • 20/10/2007

Great story!

Really enjoyed this one. Couldn't put it down, in fact. My favorite reads are thrillers but I do have a taste for good writing and I try to familiarize myself with those folks deemed "great writers".

I had read "All the pretty horses" and, frankly, missed the point. "No Country.." offered McCarthy's great style with a plot line that kept me riveted.

Be warned, this is not a conventional thriller and you will not find a neatly packaged ending. If you'd like to try a thriller with a bit more literary content, this is a great choice.

Super narrator, as well!

25 sur 28 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour Mark L
  • Mark L
  • 22/06/2008

No Book for Young Men

I primarily listen to audio books while running, I find music boring on long runs. I enjoy action, mystery, and history. A good mystery can make a 12 mile run fly. No Country For Old Men got off to a good start but it eventually ground to close with Sheriff Bell examining his life. If you are of the mind to think deeply about the serious issues of life you confront as you grow older this is the book for you. If you want top notch action as a distraction from those serious issues listen to something else.

42 sur 49 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

Trier par :
Trier par:
  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour folgren
  • folgren
  • 20/03/2008

Unübertroffen

Cormac McCarthy ist wie Faulkner der Meinung, dass eine Landschaft ihre Menschen prägt. Während die Gesichter im bunten Licht der Städte verschwimmen, absichtlich unkenntlich gemacht werden, graben sich die Furchen der Niederlagen und Sehnsüchte in einem weiten Land erst Recht ein. McCarthys Romane fußen auf der Weite, die seine Helden Freiheit und Einsamkeit umso deutlicher verspüren lassen, so dass sie seltsam stoisch wirken. Es ist deswegen nicht verwunderlich, dass Cormac McCarthy einem Killer wie Chigurh besondere Aufmerksamkeit schenkt. Die rücksichtslose Brutalität, mit der Chigurh durchs Leben schreitet, äußert sich in zwei Dialogen mit seinen Opfern, in denen er sie vorbehaltlos spüren läßt, dass sie sterben werden, egal was sie tun, egal was sie sagen. Er erinnert an den Tod selbst, der seine Aufträge ohne Ansehen auf Personen ausführt. Über seinen spannenden Drogenthriller hinaus, wirft Cormac McCarthy dabei zutiefst menschliche Fragen auf. Da ist die Sehnsucht nach dem großen Geld, das Moss befällt, da ist die Hoffnung auf Gerechtigkeit, in die sich der Ich-Erzähler in eigenen Kapiteln widmet, da ist die Aussichtslosigkeit, dass Gewalt nur neue Gewalt säht, und da sind die Opfer, die schuldlos angespült und zurück gelassen werden. Jemand wie Bell, als stiller Held gezeichnet, kann sich in einer solchen Welt nur abnutzen. Selbst in der texanischen Wüste ist Leben, Verzweiflung, Liebe und McCarthys Menschen driften darin herum und suchen Halt. Egal wohin sich flüchten, sie werden aufgespürt, kein Therapeut nimmt sich ihrer an. Der Autor beschreibt sie in seinem meisterhaften Stil zu, der ihm schon für Die Straße den Pulitzer-Preis einbrachte: Knappe Dialoge, an Beschreibung nur das, was unbedingt notwendig erscheint. In Kein Land für alte Männer benutzt McCarthy das ureigene amerikanische Genre der Spannung, um seine Geschichte zwischen Western und Thriller anzusiedeln, und erzählt doch weiter vom Ende der Menschheit.

4 sur 4 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour Junovis
  • Junovis
  • 18/04/2011

Perfekte Lesung

Dem Review nerlof's ist nur noch hinzuzufügen, dass der Vorleser, Tom Stechschulte, die perfekte Besetzung für McCarthy's Romane ist. Sein Dialekt, die raue, harte Aussprache: ideal für den modernen Western!

2 sur 2 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
    1 out of 5 stars
Image de profile pour Paul
  • Paul
  • 10/03/2011

Für Waffennarren

Leider hat dieses Hörbuch, obwohl sehr gut vorgetragen, überhaupt nicht meinen Geschmack getroffen. Der Autor ergötzt sich an den Waffentypen und der Gewaltbeschreibung. Verwirrend auch die ganzen Charaktere. Ich bin irgendwann nicht mehr mitgekommen und habe aufgegeben. Viel "Sheriff-Romantik" und die guten alten Zeiten.

0 sur 3 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.