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.
Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
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.
I have always been a fan of the Lonesome Dove mini-series and remember watching that with my dad. Even to this day if it is “lazy day” we will pop that in and watch it. For just as long, I have been hearing about how amazing the book is. I tried to read the prequels a few years back and was not impressed. However I have heard many folks praise this book and now I can see why! I enjoy gritty fiction (lately GRR Martin or Joe Abercrombie), and this is very similar in writing style and character types, in that you feel conflicted about the protagonist. At one point you may like a character, only to dislike them 10 minutes later for something they say or do. Nothing is black or white, but many shades of gray in between with these characters. I find the same emotions GRR Martin or Abercrombie evoked while listening to those, being felt in this book. It is not necessarily the setting, be it fantasy or western, that makes a book this amazing, it is the characters. Also it is one helluva way to end the book the way McMurty did in the last few sentences, but it makes you think the whole thing over. Would definitely be a great book for a book club discussion!
My only criticism of this audio book is the narrator. At times he did an amazing job, but his reading of Gus was very distracting. It felt as though Gus was ALWAYS yelling. It was so distracting at first I found myself getting irritated. However over time I got used to it and am quite glad I did not give up!
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.
I'm a avid listener, 1000+ in my collection. Some of my favorite series includes: Charlaine Harris's Sookie S., J.K's Harry P. and K. Armstrongs Otherworld. Single books T. Clancy's Hunt for Red October and S. Meyer's The Host.
I listened to this saga by starting with Dead Man's Walk followed by Comanche Moon and then onto Lonesome Dove. The first two books had continuity, the Who, What, Where and When had all been clear. In Lonesome Dove however, it fell apart --- people and places that and who have been part of this story from the start suddenly A) moved, B) never knew each other, C) changed in the time of happening, or D) did not have the same bearing. I find this just a tad bit disconcerting and disappointing! I'll go no further for fear I run the risk of a spoiler. With all that said, I did love the base storyline and I'm glad I listened, the people and places came alive in my minds eye and the saga invoked all the feelings of humor,tension, grief and relief (not necessarily in that orde). So, If not for the continuity I would have given all three books a sold five stars.
But the narrator Lee Horsley is a huge problem. He is good with many characters, but with certain characters (Louisa, Sedgwick, and Gus) he is almost yelling the lines. It hurt my ears. I was moving the sound up and down on my ipod. Most characters and narrating is at a normal level, and then all of a sudden he’s too loud. At one point I was hoping there were no more Gus lines, but Gus is one of the main characters. Please someone make a new recording of this great story.