McMurtry is great and I read the book 20 years ago, before purchasing the audiobook. However, this audiobook is extremely difficult to listen to, because Gus's voice is recorded at twice the volume as the rest of the narration. So when you're listening to the book, your ears are either hurting because of Gus's shouting or you are struggling to hear the other parts.
Dead Man's Walk is great. But don't bother with the Lonesome Dove prequels.
Anyone who can record in an even voice.
This is an impossible question for me to answer - I have read the print version, seen the miniseries, and now listened to the audiobook. For me, it was great to hear the characters speaking again. Especially since I would not have taken the time to read such a long book again.
The reader is great, the story is great, and the writing is great. However, I think I would be worried about losing track of the sheer number of characters if I went into the audiobook without my own prior knowledge.
I'm partial to Augustus McCrae myself - but I feel such strong emotions for every character in this book that it's difficult for me to remember they are just "characters" and not living people.
From Lorie to Blue Duck, to Captain and Deets... how could you ask me to pick just one?
My favorite "section" of this novel has always been the hunt for Blue Duck. In my opinion, Gus hunting Blue Duck contain some of LM's best writing of all time.
Lonesome Dove: it's too long for one movie.
After you have listened to the audio book - or read the book - you should check out the miniseries from the 90s. It has some pretty pitch perfect casting (especially for Gus and The Captain) and is pretty fun.
Watched the tv series 2X. Enjoyed it. The book sucked me in the same way. I am a fan of historical fiction and this book is among the best.
Don't blame me; I was born awesome!
Not better, but not worse either. The audio version helped get me over the hump when I got stuck on the print version.
Gus, because, Gus. Gus was funny, sweet, wise, silly, loud. What more can you say about Gus?! He was the best character in the book by far.
Not exactly. In some instances I listened to the audio and followed along with the book at the same time. The narration was a bit slow, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes I would catch eyes moving ahead of the narration. But, the narrator would make these random pauses, the kind of pauses you would expect between sentences or even paragraphs. Some of these pauses were made mid paragraph and it made you think a new paragraph was coming. Worse, some of these pauses were mid sentence and it was awkward. But it wasn't just the narrator. Some of the chapter breaks in the audio were awkward. Some happened mid written chapter and one or two even happened mid sentence. I think this was more a problem with editing than the narrator. But the pauses were awkward, particularly if you read along while listening. It also made pausing difficult if you want to only listen a chapter at a time.
I laughed and cried during this book. Gus wasn't the only funny character in the book. And there were instances where I felt anger, disgust and I bawled my eyes out as well.
This is a great story how ever you hear/read it. The narrator made weird and sometimes awkward pauses: however, they had a great voice for this story.
Wonderful long, colorful western. Odyssey featuring retired Texas Rangers and miscellaneous psychopaths. Loved it all over again.
Lonesome Dove is one of my favorite books. I re-read it every few years. Larry McMurtry at his finest- what a story-teller he is. Don't mistake this Pulitzer Prize winner for a classic, its mainly just a good yarn of a story with memorable characters that you won't be able to walk away from. I wasn't fond of the narrator in the audio version, but I get so lost in the story I can forget about him mostly.
The story never lost its thread, even though we were taken from one location/time period to another, which is remarkable because it's such a lengthy book.
I would recommend this book to everyone who enjoys reading about relationships. It's a Western, but atypical so if you like Westerns, sample listen first.
The narrator was A+++!!!
If i didnt pay for this i wouldnt mind much but since i did i was irritated by the quality of the recording. I know it's probably older but it get loud and soft and there are some lengthy pauses.
Book and reader are very good but the recording needs fixing.