Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
As a rule I don't read westerns, dislike talk of whores and don't tolerate much swearing. But this was so simply and beautifully written, you can understand why it earned a Pulitzer Prize. I loved the complexity of the characters, learned from them and shed a few tears. Ranked the darn book a four because it isn't over... have to read another book to find out what happens... and I can't wait to get started.
This is a wonderful western with humor and Lee Horsley does a excellent job of reading; makes the story and characters come alive.
My first introduction to Losesome Dove was turning on my television set just as a shrieking cowboy bursts from a river with a mass of snakes clinging to his face. Well, I'm not sure how you feel about snakes but I don't like 'em, especially when their fangs are digging in someone's face. So when they ended up shooting the guy I was relieved. I kind of wish they shot me too just to get the image out of my head.
So when I saw the book on Audible and learned the novel have won a Pulitzer prize I was amazed but intrigued. Something kept niggling at me to buy the book. I have no idea why as I don't like Westerns any more than I like snakes but hey, it was on sale, it had won a great prize and I was tired of hearing this little voice nagging at me to buy it.
HOLY COW - I LOVED THIS BOOK! No, "love" is not a sufficient a word. I'm not sure there is a word that's big enough to describe this novel. Brilliantly written, these characters that are so fully fleshed that you're sure they're walking around out there somewhere. Enrapt with the story, I thought my mp3 earbuds were going to become a permanent part of my wardrobe.
A special paragraph has to be devoted to Lee Horsley. I have heard some wonderful readers on Audible but rarely one who could provide such distinct and memorable voices for a large cast of characters. Many of Gus' comments caused me to burst out loud laughing (note: don't listen to this in restaurants or other public places) and that is largely due to Lee Horsley's brilliant characterization. And yet my favorite character in Lonesome Dove was the soft spoken Call - again, well executed by the amazing Mr. Horsley.
In short, even if you don't like Westerns, even if you hate snakes, listen to Lonesome Dove. It earned its Pulitzer Prize and proved great novels don't have to be deadly serious and depressing. If your little voice is telling you to download it, do so. If not, borrow my little voice and download this book. It's an outstanding work brought to life by a remarkable narrator.
I didn't just recommend -- I bought this book for a friend. I didn't want her to miss it!
I listened to it whenever I could... kept making excuses. So, so good. My favorite audiobook I've listened to so far.
Amazing narrative. Fantastic narrator. I could go on, but just download it already!
Fair warning: you will definitely find yourself saying "GOOD GOD, CALL!"
McMurtry's masterpiece with extraordinary narration by Lee Horsley topped my list of most enjoyable downloads for the past THREE YEARS! Characters, story, heart and perfection in the narration made the listening of this (long) book something I HATED to end. Not ordinarily a 'western' fan, be reassured, this is a story of humanity, don't avoid it because of the genre.
McMurtry does such an extraordinary job of creating characters - you see, understand, empathize and care about them all.
I immediately looked up Mr. Horsley's other performances - unfortunately limited - he was made to narrate this book.
As an ardent reader who listens to downloaded books when I walk, drive, cook - I can't stress what an blissful pleasure it was to enter the world of Lonesome Dove. I am now a McMurtry groupie of the first order, and Mr. Horsley has my undying appreciation for his craft also.
Yes i would. I believe anyone would enjoy either reading or listening (especially listening).
The story of each character & how they were blended together.
This was a great narration as he gave each person their own special tone or sound.
In my opinion, the best miniseries has already been made.
I had already read this book many years ago, but this listen was a real treat. I have also listened to Dead Man's Walk & Comanche Moon (both very good).I will now listen to Streets of Laredo to complete the four books.
Mr Horsley's voice is perfect for this book. He just needs to slow down a little, match the pace to the dusty heat in Lonesome Dove, savor the beautifully written words a little more.
I am a female business executive, read a lot of self help and historical fiction but have never read a western saga such as this. Did so on a whim. It was on sale so I thought I'd give it a try. I couldn't stop listening. It was addictive and so touching. Reinforced my threory of the one secret in life - We ALWAYS want what we don't have! The author was just so creative and obviously tireless. I found myself wanting to know him. I was reading about him on the internet about mid-way through the book. How any one man can come up with this fascinating story is beyond me. I'm going to watch the six hour movie next. Can't wait. Well worth your while to read this book no matter who you are. The narration couldn't be any better either!