Ive always been a fan of McMurtry's writings and have seen the Lonesome Dove series many times. Although it follows the book close enough there are some elemental figures and moments missing. Not to mention the exceptional vocal characterizations of Lee Horsely. This was an excellent book and performance, one which i know i will revisit.
I came back to Lonesome Dove about 12 years after first reading it while on a marathon listen of McMurtry's Gus and Call stories. while by far the best written work - and a distinct improvement over Comanche Moon - I found myself missing the laconic drawl of Will Patton and harmonica interludes. But Lonesome Dove clips along at an easy pace like one of Jake Spoon's pacers and Horsely does a fine job of narration amd character - minus a few mispronounciations like Dish "Bow-gat" instead of "Baw-git" and calling Xavier Wanz "Javier". This is a fine entry in the McMurtry catalogue, brought to life through a great performance.
I love to read and working on my first book. Maybe it will be on Audible someday.
I finished Lonesome Dove early this morning and really enjoyed it. I can see why my father liked the book so much. My favorite character has to be Augustus (Gus). However, having said that I could only give the story 3.5 stars because of the language. There were thankfully no F bombs but there was a semi-liberal use of taking the Lord's name in vain which I am also ultra sensitive to.
The narration was first rate, Five Stars. I have no complaints at all. Lee Horsely did an awesome job. He was perfectly suited for this book.
I do, however, have two complaints about the recording. One is that there is so much hiss in the recording it sounds like it was duplicated from a bad cassette tape recording. The audiobook was recorded in 1992 when digital recording for CD's was common so why there is so much hiss in it is beyond me. It needs to be remastered to remove all the noise which can be distracting and annoying during long listening sessions. The second thing that bugs me is that there are no chapter breaks. Each chapter is about 45 minutes long and there is nothing to indicate when you have gone from chapter one to chapter two, etc. For me, listening at night before bed, it made it impossible to know when to set the sleep timer for "end of chapter" without constantly checking to see what chapter I was on and how much time was left in it.
Overall, though, it was a very good book, and I can recommend it (sans the bad language). I rounded the story up to four stars for Goodreads and Audible.com.
Lee Horsely brought this story to life through his incredible performance. The recording quality is a little inconsistent, but not a concern when enjoying McMurtry's exciting and moving tale.
Best western novel.
I have loved this book for thirty years or more.I've read it two or three times, seen the TV mini-series more times than I can count and it is still like visiting dear old friends.
Too many to narrow down to one but the bar scene where Gus reminds the dawdling bartender in his own special way that he's not to be messed with is always good for a chuckle.
Lee Horsley did a fine job with the narration, but the sound quality was all over the place. In the middle of a sentence it might go from sounding like Mr Horsley had the microphone in his mouth to sounding like he was standing across the room. As the novel progressed they seemed to get things sorted out but initially Gus spoke so much louder than the other characters that the sound, especially through headphones, was either borderline unintelligible or downright painful, with no in between. Lonesome Doves deserves to be re-recorded, truly.
Stephen King is my favorite author. First book of his I ever read was the Shining. I love to read J.K. Rowlins an R.R. Martin among others
LOVE THE WHOLE SERIES. GREAT STORY LINE. NEXT THE STREET'S OF LAREDO! LAST OF SERRIES
Beautifully narrated, especially Gus' voice. Every character, big or small, is memorable. The story feels so real as if I'm with them on the epic journey.
When Call brings Gus' remains to Clara's house, Lorena stands next to Gus for the whole night.
It's a perfect name.