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.
This book is nothing short of spectacular. Not only is it a fantastic book, it is by far and away the best job of reading of any book I've listened to, and I have listened to plenty. This is not a Western in any traditional sense, but an unabashed story of life, by an author with an incredible sense for the rhythms of life, and a reader of great sensitivity who brings every character into his own. I guaranty you will not regret getting this book.
donald t wardlow
This book, and "the Stand," by Stephen King, go back and forth in my mind as far as being the best book ever. Mr. Horsley brings this book to life as only a Texan can do, even better than the skilled narrator who did the audio for the Library of Congress. He was good--Horsley is exceptional. He captures the brashness of Gus, the savagery of Blue Duck, the timid nature of July Johnson, and so much more. With such an epic to work with, many potential narrators would be overwhelmed. This reading lends an added dimension to an amazing book--more realistic than anything John Ford ever put on the screen. In this real Wild West, the good guys certainly don't always win, and even the good guys show the character flaws that make them seem more real than any hero John Wayne ever portrayed. McMurtry only wrote two other books worth bothering with--Streets of Laredo, the sequel to this book, and "Last Picture Show." Other than that, don't even bother. Forget the two prequels, they're worthless. This is easily my favorite western, and as i stated at the outset, one of my two favorite books of all.
Not at ALL the type of book I normally pick up, but based on the reviews and ratings I decided to give it a try. They were spot on.
It snuck up on me, but by the halfway point I found myself caring about Augustus McCrae in a way I never would have expected based on the first couple hours.
I REALLY realized how good it was when I was listening while driving and noticed my entire body was tensed up during a fight scene because I was so wrapped up in the events. Wow. That's some good writing!
It made me want to experience a cattle drive! :)
McMurtry is a genius with characters, and Horsley's reading of Gus MacRae, Woodrow Call, and Clara Allen are outstanding. This epic novel is a gritty, realistic portrait of the west as it teetered on the cusp of being settled (or as Gus would have said, "Ruint"). Lonesome Dove's west is populated by adventurers, pirates, sociopaths, and extraordinarily strong women. The novel is thoroughly entertaining and lends itself well to being read.