The Sunset Limited

  • by Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by Austin Pendleton, Ezra Knight, Tom Stechschulte
  • 1 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A startling encounter on a New York subway platform leads two strangers to a run-down tenement where a life or death decision must be made.
In that small apartment, Black and White, as the two men are known, begin a conversation that leads each back through his own history, mining the origins of two fundamentally opposing world views. White is a professor whose seemingly enviable existence of relative ease has left him nonetheless in despair. Black, an ex-con and ex-addict, is the more hopeful of the men, though he is just as desperate to convince White of the power of faith as White is desperate to deny it. Their aim is no less than this: to discover the meaning of life.
Deft, spare, and full of artful tension, The Sunset Limited is a beautifully crafted, consistently thought-provoking, and deceptively intimate work by one of the most insightful writers of our time.


What the Critics Say

“A brilliantly articulated piece, penned by a wildly acclaimed fiction writer. Nothing short of dazzling. So astonishingly effecting, so powerful, so stimulating!” (Chicago Tribune)


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Customer Reviews

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I held off from buying this because of the short length of the audiobook. After getting through all of Cormac McCarthy's other audiobooks, this was the only one I haven't read. I'm glad I did. After purchasing, I realized that it was a play and the performances by the voice actors were excellent. It's one of those stories that stick with you long after you listen to it. I didn't realize that HBO released a movie for this until after I listened to it. The movie is superb as well (Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L. Jackson).
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- Wilfredo

Nihilism Unlimited, Existentialism Revisited

Very entertaining dialogue, a battle of the wits, pitting Black against White, believer against unbeliever, personal against intellectual. Cormac McCarthy is gifted and talented, presenting the classic existential drama of "why not commit suicide," best portrayed previously by Albert Camus. However, the Black believer with personal commitment to living is set up as a nitwit against the White unbelieving intellectual who seems to prevail by sheer force of intellectual nihilism. As Job replied to God, Black seems to say to White: "I am unworthy - how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth." Still, entertaining banter.
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- Wayne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-26-2010
  • Publisher: Recorded Books