This book is the very best storytelling I have ever heard. Brilliant Narration, Brilliant Characters, and a Brilliant Author!
I would rather compare the book to the movie. The movie was a great reference point for the book. The movie was great and it followed the book really well, but the book went into each characters emotions and explained things the movie did not.
I like how he nuanced each character so that each character was unique.
Probably Gus, or Clara because they would have a lot to say.
This is a top five listen for me. It was the shortest 36 hour book ever. This book is well worth a download.
I picked up this book knowing nothing about it. on my list I had a Pulitzer winner, so I went and looked for one. Lonesome Dove popped up as the first one and I picked it up. I have not been dissapointed. My first insight into American history of settler times, first of cowboys and indians. this work made it all real and magical for me. The good times were described so well I had to smile with them and the bad times were described as vivid as anything I would have seen with my own eyes. This book made me want to read more on the topic, as well as makes me fearful that no other book will be as good.
I was captivated from the very first lines. The narrator, Lee Horsley, was so good at putting me into the scene, and I never wanted to step away.
The storyline is wonderful. If I could time travel into any storyline, I'd time travel right into this one. I'd hire on with the Hat Creek Cattle Company. The characters are so well developed that I feel as if I had known them for years. I loved that the story took 36 hours to tell because I loved being lost in the story.
I saw the miniseries, and I loved it. And I was curious whether I would like an audible book retelling me a story I already know. The answer: YES!
The novel, Lonesome Dove, has a slightly different plot-line than the miniseries, and is much richer in detail and character development. I found that I like knowing what the characters look like (Robert Duval as Gus, Tommy Lee Jones as Captain Call, etc).
The narrator blew me away. He is GOOD!
Yes! I gave everything five stars. The narrator did an incredible job. It did not disappoint me. Great story made me think I was along for the ride.
I have to admit - like a lot of readers I was wondering what I got myself into after struggling through the first couple of chapters. But then the story starts to develop and you are rewarded for sticking with it. This book is a gem. Hands down the best story I've ever read.
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Triumph of characterization.
Gus is the star of the book.
Toward the end I bawled. I can't say where because of spoilers, but I used almost a half a box of tissue.
Wow what a book. After a slow start in the first 2 hours of the 36 hour audiobook, I was completely hooked. I would do chores around the house just to listen. I had no problem with the changing audio like other reviewers. It appears it was recorded at different times but with 36 hours that's understandable. I also enjoyed the narrator's voice for Gus; it became like a big sweet bear's voice to me. This may be the only 36 hour audiobook I have listened to that made me wish it was longer. You don't want to say goodbye to the characters and the life on the range in the "Old West." During the first couple hours I was offended at the terms the characters used to describe other ethnicities, but although not excusable, this was the late 1800s. Also, there were great noble characters in the novel of African-American, Latino, and Native American descent. An underlying theme in the novel was tolerance and admiration in all people. I will treasure my experience with this book for many years, and then I will listen to it again with renewed appreciation.