Cities of the Plain : Border Trilogy

  • by Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by Frank Muller
  • Series: Border Trilogy
  • 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In his novels, best-selling author Cormac McCarthy creates a western landscape filled with characters that are both mythic and authentic. Cities of the Plain, the stunning conclusion of his award-winning Border trilogy, brings together John Grady Cole and Billy Parham—the two lifelong friends who began their adventures in All the Pretty Horses. It is 1952. As Grady and Billy work a remote New Mexico ranch, Grady falls in love with a young Mexican prostitute. Determined to free her from her owner, Grady embarks on his dangerous quest of the heart. Billy tries to protect and help him, but the forces at work soon demand sacrifices greater than either can control. Capturing visions of the American West during its last decades, McCarthy’s powerful work is destined to leave a permanent mark on contemporary literature.

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Read to us always, won't you, Frank?

Writer and reader, exemplars both, create a model for the form, dancer becomes the dance.
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- B. H. Taylor

Perhaps the best of "The Border Trilogy"!

Would you listen to Cities of the Plain again? Why?

I have recently become a HUGE McCarthy fan due to taking a college class on him and I have to see that Cities of the Plain is truly one of the best books I've ever listened to/read. I will most certainly be listening to Frank Muller's interpretation again, because despite his difficulty in differentiating in voice between all the cowboys, he acts them all very well.


What other book might you compare Cities of the Plain to and why?

Cities of the Plain is in some ways an


What does Frank Muller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

For me, the scenes between John Grady and Billy just became more personal. They may argue a lot, but you can get a real feel for their undying friendship with each other.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Well, the whole thing really :). This is an outstanding book. But probably the most moving part is the conclusion and the conversation that Billy has with a blind man. I won't give anything away, but let it be said that McCarthy's sages are always profound, and the one Billy encounters in this novel is no exception.


Any additional comments?

Why haven't you already bought this? GET IT NOW AND READ/LISTEN TO IT!

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- JW

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-07-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books