What a wonderful story. I really grew to love Gus and Call and the rest of the characters in this book.
Blue Duck is as frightening a villain as you'll find in literature.
The performance was good. I really liked the reader. But it's old. And the technology is better today. There were so many echoes and scratchy parts. I'd love to see a new recording.
I can't imagine a better match of story and narrator. As other reviewers have commented, this may be one of the most underappreciated stories in English. The scope is sweeping, the characters memorable, and the story unforgettable. This is not simply a Western, but a recounting of human ambition, failure, and achievement. Above all it is a story of human dignity.
I grew up in KS but have been gone 30 years. The voices brought me "back home". At times I found the views harsh-When someone died or the prostitution. But through it all it was about the different types of people and the personal struggles of each. The camaraderie of men and the devotion to one another because of the struggles they had been through together. But also the regrets after striving so hard for what one had put so much effort into and had left unattended to. Pretty raw male humanity in the early years of our country is the best I can describe it.
Amazing. Worth every penny. You'll listen to the whole thing, many times.
The humor makes this stand out from every other western.
Buy it. Now. Seriously.
Say something about yourself!
Too bad the story line doesn't match that of Lonesome Dove. All three books should have followed the same story line. And the narrators choice to make Gus yell every time he opens his mouth was horrrible.
My second read of this novel of McMurtry and it was even better the second time. Beautifully written, sweeping and captures the intensity, wilderness, savagery and humanity of the period of the end of the Texas Rangers. Often humorous, characters are fully realized, I will carry them with me from now on.