We thoroughly enjoyed this! We have and love the DVD. This narration truly brought it to life, as the details and discriptions are so well matched for the movie, you can easily visualize the characters and expressions from the movie but this audible book has so much more (duh, of course). The story is great and the narrator just as great.
If you read the book, if you saw the mini series, this version does it complete justice. I really, truly enjoyed this listen and was disappointed when it was over believe it or not. I recommend it to all.
I loved the book and the movie. The narrator did a wonderful job. This was a very well written western novel with great characters. Highly recommended for adults only.
When a great piece of fiction meets a great narrator, you get a great audiobook. I've listened to around 100 audiobooks in the last several years and this is absolutely one of the best all-around works.
The story was interesting. It had romance, fighting, adventure, and history. I was surprised at how gory it got at times and crude in some places. I guess that's just the way it was.
This is a very good book to listen to. McMurty does a great job of developing complex characters that a reader/listener empathizes with, and then the plot builds off of these interesting characters. Listening to it is especially enjoyable as the narrator's voices add further to this excellent characterization. The only thing that prevents it from getting five stars is that the beginning is a little slow to develop (which is more noticeable while listening to it).
As with most people living out west such as I do (Wyoming), you've probably watched the movie at least 10 times. Take my word for it if you like westerns (Oaters' as they call 'em), you will love this book. The narrator did not do Gus' part very well but the rest was very good. It is to bad they couldn't make the movie 36 hours long! Do not let the time on this book daunt you in any way, because once you start listening you will not want to shut it off.
A really great story where so many things happen, you will be dizzy with all of the adventures in these lives. The characters remain real and true to themselves. No cheap tears and great change to the Disney side of life. Life is cheap in the old west and this is accurately represented here. I'm mystified by the criticisim of the narrarators reading. It's spot on for me and sound quality on car and through headphones was quite good.
I love this book and feel it's one of the greatest American novels ever written, perhaps THE "Great American Novel." The mini-series adapted from it is the best TV movie ever produced. It's been a long time since I read it, so I thought I'd try the audiobook.
Unfortunately, the reader blows it with a bizarre interpretation of the book's most interesting and complex character, Augustus McCrae. Early in the book, McMurtry describes McCrae as having a prominent speaking voice that can be heard at long distances. The reader takes this as his cue to screech every line of McCrae's dialogue at the top of his lungs, at twice or greater the volume of that of every other character. For those of us old enough to recall this, it's reminiscent of the old "news for the hearing impaired" routine on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, in which cast member Garrett Morris would holler out the news along with the regular anchorman.
It is a most unsettling performance and makes it impossible to enjoy the audio version of this great book. I toughed it out for a couple of hours and then couldn't take it anymore. A total waste of money for me.