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The Passenger

By: Cormac McCarthy
Narrated by: Julia Whelan,MacLeod Andrews
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Summary

A sunken jet. Nine passengers. A missing body.

The Passenger is the story of a salvage diver, haunted by loss, afraid of the watery deep, pursued for a conspiracy beyond his understanding, and longing for a death he cannot reconcile with God.

©2022 Cormac McCarthy (P)2022 Penguin Randomhouse LLC

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"[McCarthy] writes prose as clean as a bullet cutting through the air and constructs tales as compelling as any you will read." (Telegraph)

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Honestly

McCarthy is not everyone's cup of tea for sure but if the Road, The Crossing and Blood Meridian are 5 star books (which they certainly are) then this is worth no more than 2 stars. Honestly.

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Think I'm going give it another listen.

The characters made me laugh. Enjoyed the story. Mind bending. Definitely worth a read.

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Bad audio quality, otherwise great.

The writing is great, the narration is good. It’s a shame that I can’t listen to this because of the audio quality.

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Astonishingly beautiful

Every sentence is weighed and wonderful. Characters and bar room bluster better written than by anyone else. It’s so sad, and it gave me belly laughs. Both readers do the job brilliantly.

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incredible Narrators

What a tone perfect job the Narrators have done with this. They have vividly evoked the mood and landscapes and characters of Cormac Mccarthy's work and words.
The story itself is beautifully strange and unsettling, particularly his sister's scenes, but it is anchored in a similar way to No Country for Old Men, with a central character who is just pragmatic enough to hold it together.
I've never known a novel support so many larger than life characters, and with such levity. It's like Kerouac meets Hunter S Thompson. Seems like an author deciding to juggle every last idea and obsession and character he never used, all thrown together into the same novel and somehow woven into something that works.

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Stunning

Not the place to begin but, perhaps aptly, the place to finish. I have read this title and, more recently, Stella Maris, so I felt I needed to come back for a more considered appraisal. This story has a little of all McCarthy’s work as well as a number of features really not seen before. I cannot help but read/hear this as a synthesis not only of his previous stories but, also, as a final statement in his singular outlook and , for want of a better word, philosophy. It seems to me to be a book all about the struggle for understanding. On a reappraisal I thought it was outstanding.

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Deep and engaging, with the very best narration

It's McCarthy - of course it's brilliant, but the two narrators are worth the price (and more) alone. A wonderful listening experience

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Wow

One of the best books I read/listened to in ages. Well worth the 10 year wait. Sparse and haunting, poetic and clever.

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Sublime

A tough, voluble, mesmeric novel. There is much here that confounds. And what a great pleasure to be in the lyrical embrace of a novelist who reckons with the confounding of a world, and the strange experiences one can hear among the oratory.

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Manic

Never read anything by this author before, for me it was a little manic too many voices and narratives that overlap but found the story to be quite pointless. Stella Maris is shorter and a much better read