Cities of the Plain

Written by:
Cormac McCarthy
Narrated by:
Frank Muller

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
February 2011
9 hours 13 minutes
In his novels, best-selling author Cormac McCarthy creates a western landscape filled with characters that are both myhic and authentic. Cities of the Plain, the stunning conclusion of his award-winning Border trilogy, brings together John Grady Cole and Billy Parham-the two lifelong friends who began their adventures in All the Pretty Horses. It is 1952. As Grady and Billy work a remote New Mexico ranch, Grady falls in love with a young Mexican prostitute. Determined to free her from her owner, Grady embarks on his dangerous quest of the heart. Billy tries to protect and help him, but the forces at work soon demand sacrifices greater than either can control. Capturing visions of the American West during its last decades, McCarthy's powerful work is destined to leave a permanent mark on contemporary literature. You don't have to read the other books in the trilogy to enjoy superstar narrator Frank Muller's performance, which brings a dramatic intensity to Cities of the Plain and makes it an exceptional listening experience.
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Paul S.

The book is a fitting end to the trilogy. McCarthy constantly surprises. In the final battle, the end would have been mean-spirited and dystopian, but with this author somehow you get what you wanted even when it wasn't what you wanted. It isn't L'amour but it isn't an exercise in depravity either. The thing that always saves a McCarthy novel is the fact that it never crosses into depravity - which is strange because Blood Meridian - but even there you don't lose the sense of realism that excludes the contrived depravity that permeates lesser contemporary attempts at the genre. You just can't help but respect McCarthy's work, for it never comes off as as an impostor. The work has such profound authority, a wise cutting eye that can tell you big things in few words. I listened to all three parts of the trilogy. Muller's work on 'Horses' almost beat Poe's in the 'Crossing', but who can deny Poe's greatness? I wish he'd done all three, especially after hearing his work on 'Meridian' and 'Suttree'. 'Meridian' might be the best narration ever done by a mortal. Muller, like mentioned, did a fabulous job on 'Horses', but then we get this one, which just took a while getting used to. I like Muller, but his gravity on the ends of some words and the way he enunciates certain sentences in this one are a bit nervy and a get under your skin. After 'Crossing', where Billy develops a Poe voice, you find yourself longing for that. Muller's Billy sounds a little too old and bewildered like Lacey Rawlins from 'Horses", where in "Crossing', Poe's Billy was more resolute, albeit young and tragic. Something about McCarthy's voice, the finality, the acceptance, the duality, the inevitability, seems perfectly tuned for a Poe over a Muller or a Stechschulte from 'Road". So I might be biased in this review. Not to say I don't appreciate Muller's work. But when a Poe is out there, you feel a little short-changed when you have Muller.

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