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!
This is actually my second time listening to this book, and yes after some time I will listen to again.
Way too long for that, But you can skip a couple day's and easily pick up where you left off, Charactors are very memorable thanks to great narration by Lee Horsley.
Larry McMurtry is a wonderful writer, and can even count Stephen King (according to his memoirs) among his fans. I've enjoyed several of McMurtry's books, but this must surely be his best. His development of character is inspired and his dialogue is so real it's actually better than real life. There were many times that I laughed out loud at things his characters said. Audible can boast of several wonderful readers, but this one is still up there among the very best. I highly recommend this book. I should say that there are some sad moments. It's very dangerous to be a character in a Larry McMurtry novel, because there is no character so central to the story that they can't die.
This book is soooo much better than the movie! I read the book once and my boyfriend has read it five times. It's his favorite. Ordered the audible version, put it on a speaker system and we listened together. Loved it all over again. I had a problem with the voice he used for Gus. To me it was way to LOUD. My boyfriend disagrees with me on this. He thinks it has to be that way. Difference of opinion. Larry McMurtry does a great job in changing voices. He even does the women well.
The story is epic. The narrator is excellent. Pick this up with a credit and you will not be disappointed. You'll be hooked on the series.
I downloaded this book for my husband and I to listen to on a car trip, to kill time. I wasn't a great fan of westerns. This book and reading of it may have changed that forever.
The story, the characters, we wonderful. Lee Horsley's narration, I can't say enough good things about. He managed to give each character a unique voice, and seamlessly narrated the entire 36 or so hours. No awkward phrasing, or pauses - just perfection. I hope he narrates many more books.
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I had never read lonesome dove so I started out with the newer written prequels first and built my way up to this one. I would suggest one do that. Its great listening to the old tales of Gus and the gang while they where texas rangers. As far as this book it was great and I loved the narrator too. Funny and sad book, a rare mixture.
work as an artist and art restorer. read at least 48 books a year, because I can listen while I work.
If you need a happy ending, don't go for this one. If you like a well written, detailed, engrossing story then this will certainly suffice. The writing is beautiful, with humor and the harsh reality of tough western pioneer life well expressed.
If you saw the movie or read the book you won't want to miss having this in your listening library, narative is superb, characters are real - to the point you want to speak with them.
Great book, but Mr Horsley goes a bit fast at times, took some getting used to. And Mr.McMurtry is havin' us move from one person to another, which also took some getting used to. But, besides all that, it is a gem of a book that you don't ever want to end.