Epic Western adventure
The Streets of Laredo because it is a continuation of the series
Lee Horsley did such a marvelous job of capturing the essence Larry McMurtry's characters. Having read the book twice in print he brought them to life just as I imagined that they might sound.
Probably Augustus McCray since he is such a colorful character...I could see spending a long evening with him over beefsteak and a bottle of whiskey swapping tales!
I would recommend this book to any and everyone. I can see myself listening to it again after a period of time...a story that's worth reading/listening to over and over again.
I didn't really expect to like this much at first. I'm not generally real big on westerns, and it's super long, and the first hour or so of the audiobook didn't grab me. But before too long, I found myself totally sucked in, and the 36+ hours of audiobook flew by.
Sure, I had a few complaints here and there. Early on I got pretty tired of the "woe is me, I'm in love with a whore" business from half the men in Lonesome Dove, though I did like Lorena herself well enough. And sometimes it felt like things just sort of...happened, without there really being much of a reason for it. I guess maybe McMurtry was going for real life there--sometimes you meet people and some stuff happens, and then they die, the end. But I guess part of me was expecting certain characters to actually serve some purpose within the story, rather than just being there for awhile and then disappearing almost entirely. And the end felt really...abrupt and kind of anti-climactic and left some pretty major loose ends left hanging. So, no, I by no means thought this book was perfect.
Still though, I absolutely fell in love with several of the characters, and loved how real and flawed they seemed, Gus especially. And I had a hard time disengaging myself from the story, and ended up doing things like sitting in the car once I had arrived at my destination in order to listen a little longer, or like listening on my headphones at work between phone calls (shhhh!).
So in the end, I consider this a pretty great book, despite its flaws. I'll probably even read it again at some point, and I'm definitely planning on watching the movie as soon as I can find the time.
The idea of reading the sequels scares me though. We'll see...
epic western journey
I loved Gus. He always had a comment...or several comments, for everything and everyone. He drank and joked, but showed tremendous compassion when Lorrie was kidnaped by Blue Duck. He faced life with joy and death with courage.
His voice was perfect for the western theme.
Clara. I would love to spend time with a strong woman from that time period.
Although long, there are no dull spots in Lonsome Dove. The story never falters or lags.
This ranks among my top 3 of all-time. And that's saying a lot since I already knew the story from the miniseries. Great story and a great reader!
There are too many to name. Such a great book that you didn't want it to end.
He has the perfect voice for a Western.
Gus. He is probably one of the most memorable characters in all of fiction.
I grew up watching the tv series with my Dad every year as our father/daughter bonding time. I recently downloaded this book for my Dad following a knee replacement surgery that had him laid up for a few weeks. We listened to it together and I was very impressed. The performance is excellent and the book is fantastic.
However beware... you may find yourself blurting out expressions like... "it was raining so hard that you couldnt take a s**t without your turd floating past you"
So some of my friends had been telling me for years to read Lonesome Dove, but I'm really not much of Western fan and it looked really long. Therefore, it's been one of those books that's just been sitting on my shelf for way too long. When I subscribed to Audible earlier this year, I saw that Lonesome Dove had gotten stellar reviews and was recommended as a great first "listen". 36 hours seemed a little long, but I have a long commute. Best decision I've made in a long time. Honestly, it was hard for me to get out of my car at times because I just wanted to keep listening. Loved the characters - if I get another dog he's going to be named Gus for sure - loved the plot, loved the setting.
McMurtry is a master novelist, but he's also great historian. After reading the section about Clara and her family, I felt that I understood homesteading better than I ever had from a history book.
Others have mentioned that this is an old recording and the sound quality is pretty bad at times. But it would be hard to imagine a better narrator than Lee Horsley. His voices are terrific and he captures both the comic and tragic elements of this novel perfectly. I can't recommend Lonesome Dove highly enough. So glad I finally got to reading it - listening to it was even better.
This was really wonderful. Such a great story, nuanced characters, absolutely riveting. The narration here is so excellent, I can't imagine experiencing the book any other way. I am really more of a Trollope/Austen/Dickens fan generally, and wouldn't have expected to enjoy a Western, but this book has something for everyone. It is very violent and upsetting at times, that is my only warning to sensitive listeners/readers.
Pulls you in.
Lee totally changed voices for EVERY character, even if it was just a nuance. For the character, Gusl, I could just see Robert Duvall (who played him in the movie) by the way Lee made him sound.
Gus. Most interesting. Talkative. Honest.
The writing style doesn't knock you over. You kind of ease your way into it and find yourself living in the story. McMurtry is a master at transitioning from one character perspective to another seamlessly.
I loved the characters in the story. I love the story line. I loved the way the story was told and I would laugh out loud and sometimes even cry. I loved the history that was woven into the story line. I learned what was involved in the life of a cowboy.
Newt was probably 17 years old and was honest, brave and learning all about life. He had respect for his elders.
Never heard of him.
I would like to know how and why Blue Duck and the Sugg brothers were so mean, ugly, and dangerous.
I guess I would call this a classic of the old west. I'm glad I got to hear/read it.
I have never read any western fiction. I didn't watch the mini-series. I've had friends recommend this book over the years and even purchased a paperback at one time but put it on the shelf unread. I grew up in the southwest and it doesn't hold any particular romantic appeal for me. I only reluctantly decided to give this a try out of desperation - I'm addicted to audio books and needed something long to listen to. But this narration and this story was such a joy, such a wonderful surprise. The characters were so wonderfully rendered, so engaging, the situations so quirky/tragic/rich. Thank you to all the other reviewers who convinced me to give Lonesome Dove a chance. And thank you to Lee Horsley for a wonderful performance. This will definitely go on my list of things to listen to repeatedly.