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An experienced hunter aims at an antelope half a mile across a plain—and misses. But the shot launches him unexpectedly into a tense and frightening chase in which he becomes the hunted, as drug dealers mercilessly pursue the money. The local upright sheriff struggles to contain the situation and has to face his own fears; the pitiless hitman Anton Chigurh, follows his target unceasingly, ruled by a cold, implacable logic; and chance plays its own part in deciding who lives and dies.
Cormac McCarthy blends brutality and suspense with acute characterisation. With his mastery of words, and his ear for idiosyncratic dialogue, McCarthy makes No Country for Old Men a contemporary masterpiece, and never more so than when brought to life in this powerful reading by Sean Barrett.
By Jonathan Lowe
Recording the Classics: from Ancient to Modern
Naxos AudioBooks established its reputation as the leading label for classics on audiobooks with a series of award-winning recordings, both abridged and unabridged. The novels of Charles Dickens read by Anton Lesser, Sean Barrett and David Timson present full Technicolor characterisation; Jane Austen is elegantly and memorably served by Juliet Stevenson and Emilia Fox; Jim Norton’s readings of the novels of James Joyce, especially Ulysses, are milestones in audiobook history.
But Naxos AudioBooks has also embarked vigorously on contemporary literature. The major novels of the Japanese writer Haruki Murakami now appear on the label—among them Kafka on the Shore, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle and A Wild Sheep Chase—and have won plaudits and awards. Cormac McCarthy’s bleak and powerful novels The Road (winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize) and Blood Meridian are read by Rupert Degas and Robert G. Slade in intense and atmospheric recordings; the 2007 Booker Prize-winner The Gathering by Anne Enright was recorded unabridged in the presence of the writer by the charismatic Fiona Shaw; and Julian Barnes’s A History of the World in 10½ Chapters, perhaps his finest novel, is also available in unabridged form.
Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men was adapted in 2007 into a film which won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Naxos AudioBooks continues to bring the best of literature to audiobook.
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