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

Story is just too depressing for my taste.

What did you like best about Cities of the Plain? What did you like least?

Cormac's descriptions are wonderful. And his equine knowledge and understanding are spot on. But his philosophical narratives tend to ramble on. His characters are plain folks with virtually no formal schooling. And yet he allows a few of them to wax on about rather advanced philosophies that just do not match up with their cognitive backgrounds.

Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

Muller really did a superb job with the Mexican characters.

Any additional comments?

The story line is simple, predictable and sad. Unless you enjoy depressing stories, you should steer clear.

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- Ken Draeger "I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review."

Book Details

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