Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
This is an absolutely must read/listen. The best western I've ever read, really the most entertaining novel I've read.
I was a big fan of the television series so I downloaded the book for a cross country road trip. The book is so much better than the series (which I rememner won all kinds of awards as well). I was so engrossed in the story that I had to stop listening because I forgot to watch the road. I finished the book after the trip and by the time it was over I felt like the characters were old friends. I can't say enough good things about this book. Great value too, even though this is one of the longest books I have listened to I was literally sad when it was over I enjoyed it so much. Really a masterpiece.
M A Stoever
I've been downloading two Audible titles a month for almost two years, and so far Lonesome Dove is the most memorable: an exciting and moving story populated with brilliantly created characters, brought to life by a fine narration.
Once, I was very sick in college and couldn't sleep for several nights. I had one channel whose programming went off at 10 pm... but I had Lonesome Dove VHS tapes! I bet I watched that movie 5 times that week! I haven't watched the movie since then (20 yrs ago), but will soon as a result of reading this book. Here is something that you might want to consider before getting the Audible version: The narrator does a superb job in distinguishing the voices of the characters and really sounds a lot like Gus and Call from the movie, which made it enjoyable. However, while the narrator was excellent, the audio quality was pretty poor. Gus, who we are told has a loud voice, is recorded at a louder volume than most of the other reading. This creates too much difference between the quiet narration and the loud and detracts somewhat from the story. It is not a deal breaker though. I listened at 1.25X speed to retain the narrators accents, but you could listen comfortably at a faster speed if you need to. I definitely think you should use a credit right now. If any of my review helped, please click 'YES' below. I hope this helps. Later.
The Novel itself is memorable. I have read it every five years since l986,; it is akin to going home. One memorable moment--no way.
I personally love Lee Horsely and roles he has played. I quit listening to the book around part 3 because of the very loud rant he attributed to Gus's character when speaking Gus's lines.. I understand why he did it, and I hated it. It really put my teeth on edge and seemed so ingratiating. After listening to many, many books on recorded books I do recognize the need to characterize by intonations and switched accents to define a character; Davina Porter, for example,is A MASTER. Maybe she has spoiled me; especially in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Lonesome Dove, being one of all my all time favorite books of all times really captivated me. Lee Horsely, handsome devil that he is and what a great guy and actor, maybe should have just left Gus's character to regular narration.
36 hours of bliss. I could have listened for another 36. Great Characters and insight about everyone's different life philosophy. Hands down the best aucdio book I ever listened to. The great part was it was the longest too so I go to enjoy it for even longer.Only "The Gold Coast" by Nelson Demille and Dean Koontz's "From the Corner of His Eye" rival this book on audio.
It's huge. I listened to all forty some odd discs on my trip to Alaska and back.
I don't know how the narrator kept all his characters straight, but he did and had a different voice for all of them. He kept the story interesting, on track voice positive.
It's long, but if you have the time, it is a must
It was a real marathon to listen to all 37 hours but well worth it and I could not get enough. I had not seen the TV mini-series before reading the book but went out a purchased the mini-series on DVD after listening to the book. As usual, the book is better.
Mr. McMurtry's depiction of Lonesome Dove is simply wonderful. The characters seem so simple, so matter of fact, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. The book is long, however, once I was 20 minutes into it, it never dragged. I repeat, it never dragged. For a book this size not to lag anywhere is quite a feat. The plot has a couple sub-plots that are interlocked, but these sub-plots are clear and concise. One of the best stories I've read in the past several years. My hat goes off to Larry McMurtry.
What a shame. I know this is an excellent book, but after many attempts at trying to ignore the narrator, I give up. He is great when he reads most parts, but when he plays Gus he absolutely shouts! He yells as if he is trying to be heard by a deaf person. It is just awful, especially considering this is a very long book and Gus is a major character. It us really a terrible, irritating distraction. I am going to ask for my money to be returned.