I picked up this book knowing nothing about it. on my list I had a Pulitzer winner, so I went and looked for one. Lonesome Dove popped up as the first one and I picked it up. I have not been dissapointed. My first insight into American history of settler times, first of cowboys and indians. this work made it all real and magical for me. The good times were described so well I had to smile with them and the bad times were described as vivid as anything I would have seen with my own eyes. This book made me want to read more on the topic, as well as makes me fearful that no other book will be as good.
I was captivated from the very first lines. The narrator, Lee Horsley, was so good at putting me into the scene, and I never wanted to step away.
The storyline is wonderful. If I could time travel into any storyline, I'd time travel right into this one. I'd hire on with the Hat Creek Cattle Company. The characters are so well developed that I feel as if I had known them for years. I loved that the story took 36 hours to tell because I loved being lost in the story.
I saw the miniseries, and I loved it. And I was curious whether I would like an audible book retelling me a story I already know. The answer: YES!
The novel, Lonesome Dove, has a slightly different plot-line than the miniseries, and is much richer in detail and character development. I found that I like knowing what the characters look like (Robert Duval as Gus, Tommy Lee Jones as Captain Call, etc).
The narrator blew me away. He is GOOD!
Yes! I gave everything five stars. The narrator did an incredible job. It did not disappoint me. Great story made me think I was along for the ride.
I have to admit - like a lot of readers I was wondering what I got myself into after struggling through the first couple of chapters. But then the story starts to develop and you are rewarded for sticking with it. This book is a gem. Hands down the best story I've ever read.
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Triumph of characterization.
Gus is the star of the book.
Toward the end I bawled. I can't say where because of spoilers, but I used almost a half a box of tissue.
Wow what a book. After a slow start in the first 2 hours of the 36 hour audiobook, I was completely hooked. I would do chores around the house just to listen. I had no problem with the changing audio like other reviewers. It appears it was recorded at different times but with 36 hours that's understandable. I also enjoyed the narrator's voice for Gus; it became like a big sweet bear's voice to me. This may be the only 36 hour audiobook I have listened to that made me wish it was longer. You don't want to say goodbye to the characters and the life on the range in the "Old West." During the first couple hours I was offended at the terms the characters used to describe other ethnicities, but although not excusable, this was the late 1800s. Also, there were great noble characters in the novel of African-American, Latino, and Native American descent. An underlying theme in the novel was tolerance and admiration in all people. I will treasure my experience with this book for many years, and then I will listen to it again with renewed appreciation.
Could never stop listening. probably the best performance I have heard in audible yet, the voices really add to the characters . highly recommend this audio book
Anyone who loves Western novels and the history of the America west in the 1800s will thoroughly enjoy the epic saga of the cowboys from Lonesome Dove.
Yes..... This is a amazing book to start with but the voices reading the book truly bring it to life.
They were all great
The first review I have ever given any book......
The miniseries was excellent (Robert Duvall is THE perfect Gus McCrae!) but the book was so much better and richer in story and character development. As a truck driver, I love listening to books like this because the places in the story come alive. Every week, I pass the exit for Ogalalla NE and wonder if Clara is at home.
The narrator does an excellent job but the sound quality is pretty terrible. I had to turn the volume way up just to hear most of the story, EXCEPT for Gus. When Gus spoke, it was so loud I'd jump.