All the Pretty Horses : Border Trilogy

  • by Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by Frank Muller
  • Series: Border Trilogy
  • 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Cormac McCarthy is a quiet, unassuming presence in American fiction today, but like the slow, measured voices of many of his characters, he speaks with an authority and conviction that demands an audience. All the Pretty Horses, McCarthy's sixth novel, is a cowboy odyssey for modern times. Set in the late 1940s, it features the travels and toils of a 16-year-old East Texan named John Grady Cole, caught in the agonizing purgatory between adolescence and adulthood.
At the start of the novel, Cole's grandfather has just died, his parents have permanently separated, and the family ranch, upon which he had placed so many boyish hopes, has been sold. Rootless and increasingly restive, Cole leaves Texas, accompanied by his friend Lacey Rawlins, and begins a journey across the vaquero frontier into the badlands of northern Mexico. In spite of its hard realities and spare telling, All the Pretty Horses is a lyrical and richly romantic story, chronicling - along with the erosion of the frontier - the loss of an era.

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What the Critics Say

National Book Award, 1992
"This is a novel so exuberant in its prose, so offbeat in its setting and so mordant and profound in its deliberations that one searches in vain for comparisons in American literature." (Publishers Weekly)

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THOSE ARE PICTURE BOOK HORSES

YOU CAN'T TELL WHAT IS IN A COUNTRY LIKE THAT UNTIL YOU ARE DOWN THERE IN IT.
McCormick can be, as he is in this book a very descriptive writer. He knows how to set a melancholy mood. He can put you in the country through description. You will feel that you are living in that time and that place.

HELL, YES I CAN RIDE. I WAS RIDING WHEN I FELL OFF.
While his books have some humor, they usually have lots of cruelty. This is such a book and it is filled with the talk of the time, which seems to be a lot about SHIT. YOUR A LYING SACK OF GREEN SHIT. YOU DON'T KNOW SHIT FROM APPLE BUTTER. TEN POUNDS OF SHIT IN A FIVE POUND SACK. The cruelty and the language don't bother me, my dad was a sailor and I work around truck drivers. I have trouble staying with a book like this due to the endless wondering and eating. His characters do a lot of wondering around the countryside and doing a lot of eating. The plot or point of the story can get lost in all this wondering and descriptive eating. I soon lose interest.

I'M GOING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING
WELL, TELL IT
Frank Muller was a great narrator and I miss him.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

excellent read...

The narrator was great. I recommend that if you don't have a rudimentary understanding of Spanish that you have a Spanish to English reference tool available.
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- Brian S. Umbel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: Recorded Books