The Counselor

  • by Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by Jonathan Davis
  • 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On the eve of becoming a married man, the Counselor makes a risky entrée into the drug trade - and gambles that the consequences won' t catch up to him.
Along the gritty terrain of the Texas- Mexico border, a respected and recently engaged lawyer throws his stakes into a cocaine trade worth millions. His hope is that it will be a one-time deal and that, afterward, he can settle into life with his beloved fiancée. But instead, the Counselor finds himself mired in a brutal and dangerous game - one that threatens to destroy everything and everyone he loves.
Deft, shocking, and unforgettable, McCarthy is at his finest in this gripping tale about risk, consequence, and the treacherous balance between the two.


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Customer Reviews

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A Screenplay Not a Novel Better than the Movie !!

I am a big Cormac McCarthy fan so I decided to give this audiobook a try.

This audiobook is a narrated screenplay, not a narrated novel or short story.

The format and tempo of the content is different. Once you settle into following the dialogue and script notes this is a very good listen.

I want to mention that I found the screenplay narration far more enjoyable than the recent movie. The movie is a jumbled mess of characters and lacks the nuance that was needed to make the film truly effective.

Like all of McCarthy's books The Counselor is rich in dialogue as it probes the darker corners of the human condition.

The movie version of The Counselor an over-acted mess. This screenplay will give you an idea of what might have been.

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- harry

This is a reading of a screenplay, not a narration

What would have made The Counselor better?

Do not be misled. This is a straightforward reading of ascript. The story may be fine but the delivery is sterile. The work as a screenplay may be good but if you wish to be entertained then this is not for you.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I could not finish it.

How could the performance have been better?

The work could be adapted asa novel or novels and read that way. This is an announcement of the scene, naming of the character and straight reading of what is said.

What character would you cut from The Counselor?

I did not delve that deeply into this work.

Any additional comments?

Perhaps a screenwriter may derive a benefit, but nota reader.

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- Trailrunr

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-31-2013
  • Publisher: Recorded Books