Child of God

  • by Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by Tom Stechschulte
  • 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this taut, chilling audiobook, Lester Ballard - a violent, dispossessed man falsely accused of rape - haunts the hill country of East Tennessee when he is released from jail. While telling his story, Cormac McCarthy depicts the most sordid aspects of life with dignity, humor, and characteristic lyrical brilliance.

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SUZIE IS A SICK DOG

360 DEGREE SON OF A BITCH, MEANS A SON OF A BITCH ANY WAY YOU LOOK AT THEM.
If you have not read McCarthy before, know he is a master with the English language. Listening to the way he puts words together is enough to make this book or any book he writes interesting. I would not suggest this be your first McCarthy though, as this goes way out to left field. All The Pretty Horses, is probably the best place to start. THIS GAVE HIM THE FIDGITS.

DO THE LEST PART WRONG AND YOU MIGHT AS WELL DO IT ALL WRONG.
Part one is an interesting look at a part of society few of us run into. I'D EXPECT you don't talk like these guys.It's the GOD DAMNEST. Super warning, part two involves Necrophilia. I don't mean it's mentioned in passing. This book goes into great detail and on several occasions. The normal person will probably not appreciate it. As the book continues, it just gets worse and worse. Fans of J.A. Konrath will not be rattled, but the average person will. I gave the story four stars and was on the verge of five, but I am weird and like stuff that is different, just for the sake of different. It is amazing to me that such a good writer would write something like this. This is usually something written by an upcoming writer trying to shock his readers and make a name for himself. Fans of Matt Shaw will like this.

I NEVER KNOWED
Tom Stechschulte is one excellent narrator. He is going to the top of my list, up there with Ray Porter and Dick Hill.


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- Jim "The Impatient"

And HE has sent me here?

Look, I've read a lot of Cormac McCarthy and this is definitely not your Mother's McCarthy. I think this novel was the final pupa-state before McCarthy emerged as an absolute dark monster of fiction and heir to Faulkner's as ambassador to the strange malevolence of America's soul.

It wasn't as absurdly redeeming as 'Suttrre' or as coldly beautiful as 'Blood Meridian', but had the surreal shock and awe of both. His themes of isolation, perversity, depravity and violence make you feel like climbing into bed with Hannibal Lector or Jame Gumb for warmth and spiritual succor.

A great novel, just not a novel that everyone should read. Wander into the dark, damp cave of this McCarthy novel at your own risk.
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- Darwin8u

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-27-2012
  • Publisher: Recorded Books