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Sixteen-year-old Billy and his brother Boyd are fascinated by an elusive wolf that has been marauding his family's ranch. Billy captures the animal - but rather than kill it, sets out impulsively for the mountains of Mexico to return it to where it came from.
Billy returns, finding himself and his world have irrevocably changed. His loss of innocence has come at a price, and once again the border beckons with its desolate beauty and cruel promise.
©1994 Cormac McCarthy (P)2016 Recorded Books Inc
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Critic Reviews

"The Crossing...towers over most contemporary fiction. An American epic infused with a grand solemnity." (Sunday Times)
"McCarthy speaks to us in the thrilling, apocalyptic tones of an Old Testament prophet. We must treasure him." (Sunday Telegraph)
"McCarthy writes prose as clean as a bullet cutting through the air and constructs tales as compelling as any you will read." (Daily Telegraph)
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By garrett sullivan on 04-12-17

Great listen beautiful prose rich characters

A passage from my book "the crossing" by Cormac Mcarthy. Conversation between a young man and an old man.

No one can really tell you what your life is going to be like can they?

"No. It's never really like what you would have expected. If people knew the story of their lives, how many then would elect to live them. Many people talk about what is in store for them but there is nothing in store. The day itself is made of what has come before. The world must be surprised to the shape of that which appears. Perhaps even God."

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By Kenny Hogan on 02-02-17

A Hypnotic Masterpiece

The story begins on a cattle ranch in 1949. I don't want to reveal the plot, so instead I'll just say that it's brilliantly written, and hypnotic to listen to as an audio book. (and to read)
The narration was top-notch, especially the spanish segments. It involves the love of two brothers, a wolf, travels through a lawless area of Mexico, and a heartbeakingly faithful horse, with many other memorable characters. This is not a book to breeze through. Read it, consider it and savor it instead. Cormac McCarthy is one of a kind. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

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By Paul D on 10-15-17

Epic tale

Cormac McCarthy writes a good story. The second installment of this trilogy is as evocative of the era as the first.
I read the book some years ago but this in no way detracted from the listening, indeed I will happily listen again in years to come. An advantage of reading the book was the ability to flick through pages when the occasional character: Mexican peasant or gypsy present their rambling philosophy of life. We're it not of these interludes I would certainly award the book five stars *****
Time to revisit volume three . . . . just not for a little while.

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By Gavin Jones on 08-17-17

Bad Things Happen To Good People

Billy Parham is decent, courteous and loyal. My wife doesn't like McCarthy. She says that nothing ever happens in his books. Plenty happens to Billy in this one and none of it is good.

This book is really three stories in one. The first is truly magnificent. For me, anyway, the simple ending is the most affecting of any of the McCarthy novels I have listened to.

You certainly do not have to have to have listened to the first book to enjoy this one. It stands apart from the first.

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