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  • Or the Evening Redness in the West
  • Written by: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (297 ratings)

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Blood Meridian

Written by: Cormac McCarthy
Narrated by: Richard Poe
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Publisher's Summary

Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.
©1985 Cormac McCarthy (P)2007 Recorded Books

What the critics say

“The authentic American apocalyptic novel…I venture that no other living American novelist, not even Pynchon, has given us a book as strong and memorable as Blood Meridian.” (Harold Bloom)
"McCarthy is a writer to be read, to be admired, and quite honestly envied." (Ralph Ellison)
"McCarthy is a born narrator, and his writing has, line by line, the stab of actuality. He is here to stay." (Robert Penn Warren)

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Do not hesitate to listen to this recording of BM.

Having read Blood Meridian twice, this reading brought the book alive.

McCarthy is a genius.

Richard Poe, who performs the novel, is so amazing that I would listen to a book performed by him even if I had little interest in the book.

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Dark, violent, and subversive

the story of an unnamed protagonist against the land and the formidable character of the judge. one part story, one part dark morality play. excellent writing, bleak themes

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It Will Stay With You

I've listened to this book more than once, and I will continue to return.

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never read something like this

a deep, intense and graphic novel isn't something easy to come by nor enjoy no wonder this novel is "unfilmable" so far.

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Powerful and unforgettable.

One of the greatest performances I’ve heard. Mr Poe brought the book to life with such eloquence and cadence. Absolutely incredible!

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Seriously flawed

Wow what a in depth look at American history. Not a nice look I assure you. But informative especially if near true.
But in the end the pursuit of a boy by a seriously flawed man.
Not pretty but very good in my opinion.

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the book you are looking for

join the kid on his adventure to manhood. he walks a path along side the hardest meanest men you could ever imagine. the Glanton gang cuts a bloody path across Mexico culminating in it's own destruction. the Judge preaching the merits of violence rape and war all the while.

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Well written, but too dry

I think this could be a great book for someone interested in this time and place. I bought it for the same reason I bought neverwhere; Because it is "one of the greatest ever written", but it just didn't grab me. To me the narrator felt more like narrating the book rather than evoking it, and when you pay a premium just to love the listen, I didn't find that here.

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the best book ever made

I have to say please go read this book it is so good it is hard to describe but I feel like I have read a masterpiece.

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Awesome 👌

My first western book. I was surprised, was quite graphic. I gave the story 4 stars because I had to rewind a few times there were a few confusing parts.

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