If you like westerns you will love this story. It is long, but most parts keep you into the story. It reads like about 3-4 books in a series. The characters are different, unique and some funny. It is pretty intense a few times with some violence and sex (but explained in a very non grafic way) Meaning: Intercourse is said as a 'poke'. Even if you saw the great 80's mini-series, you will love this one too. The book and mini-series are very similar. Plus paying for one book or credit and getting 30+ hours of listening is a bargain!
I'm not going to review the book as it's a Pulitzer Prize winner so obviously it's exceptional. If you haven't read it you should.
I will say that the audio quality was subpar and the narrator was just okay. There were times when I could hear other voices in the background, cars driving by and even a couple times where there was an annoying hiss in the background. Not so bad that I had to stop but far below the quality of most modern productions.
Lee Horsley is a good narrator, not exceptional, but good. He seems to only have about 5 or 6 different voices so a lot of the sub-characters sound very much like Call. His female voices aren't very good but that's not a big deal in this book as there are so few female characters with much dialogue.
Great audio book, love the way Lee Horsley narrates this, he sounds alot like the original actors in the Mini Series, if your a fan of this movie, this audiobook is a must read
Every five-star review of this audiobook is correct. While I wasn't a huge fan of the western genre before listening to this book, I must say I am more so now. Lee Horsely did such a great job narrating the voices for these characters that you felt like you really got to know them individually. I see the length of the book as a positive not a negative. By the end of the novel, you will feel sad that it's over - I guarantee it!
I've never seen the television series but now I will have to find it on DVD.
I've read this book several times (I read it about every 5 years) and this is the first time I've listened to it. Such a treat, thanks so much!!
First let me state that this is a marvelous book, with an outstanding storyline, and superb character development. While no Will Patton or Frank Muller, Lee Horsley does an adequate job, especially with his impersonation of Gus McCrae. Unfortunately this is the worst production of any book I have purchased from Audible. The gaps between sentences is often annoyingly long, the splices between different "takes" is overtly obvious, the volume varies, and the narrator's voice drifts in and out many times over the course of this narration. Despite these annoying and repeated production errors, the attributes of the book still shines through. If this were a review of the novel, 5 stars would be too few; if this were a review of the production, 1 star would be too many. If you are willing to endure through this production, then by all means purchase this reading. It is a novel of the Old West with two worthwhile and endearing main characters.
I don't usually read westerns, but this is one my favorite books. I can't get enough of the story, and the narrator makes all the difference with the voices for each character.
Great book! The reader brings it to life right there in front of you! I have never seen the television production of Lonesome Dove but I look forward to it!