I was soooo not prepared to like this book as much as I did. I don't like westerns at all, either in book form or movies. This book was just amazing. The character development made me really feel like I knew the characters in real life. I just got lost in it...and the deaths of some of the characters stayed with me long after the book was over.
I really became attached to Gus. He was so funny and such a lady charmer. Underneath that, he was tough. He did the right thing even when it put his life at risk.
All of them but Gus and Deet's characters were especially great. Lee Horsley's performance enhanced this terrific book.
Yes! But at 35 hours that was not possible.
This is a really good cowboy book and was performed really well. The audio quality was very inconsistent and even had background noise is parts. It is not unlistenable, but fairly distracting.
This book is so very different from what I am used to, it is not really down my line. But it was narrated with excellence making one sense the personality of each character. The author developed good characterization, with some but not too much philosophizing. Rather down to earth and a bit violent. A bit too violent, but then the author excuses himself by having the characters in the book express astonishment. All in all, it was interesting and informative as well as pleasurable.
I have read the book 3 times, watched the movie uncountable, and yet enjoyed. Of course the movie was quite incomplete and I didn't think I had missed much when reading but Lee Horsley's performance was excellent and I know that I could listen again right now and enjoy. Do not be daunted by the length even if you do not have insomnia. This is one to enjoy in all forms and media.
I can't hear you because, as others have mentioned, the narrator felt he had to shout when giving voice to Gus McCrae. I really like the book so far, but the shouting is hard to bear. I hope I can get used to it.
I prefer Brandon Sanderson and Brent Weeks and George R. R. Martin, but mostly due to genre. This is the first western I have listened to and I like it alot, so I would consider it near the top of non Sci Fi stories I have listened to.
The story kept my attention 100%. It was never about anything and it was about everything all at the same time. It was a slice of time from the past and that past was rough, unforgiving, and downright cruel at times.
If you need a change of pace, or a long entertaining read then Lonesome Dove fits the bill.
Clearly a classic deserving its Pulitzer and a very enjoyable listen, except for the squeamish. I found the voice of Gus to be at the same time a fine interpretation yet rather grating to listen to hour after hour. Apparently most of the characters in the novel also found the voice grating.
My real problem with the novel was its ending. The long burial journey of the Captain I thought crossed the line towards absurdity. And I don't understand how so many reviewers were not disturbed by the lack of closure for so many primary characters: Lorena, Clara, Newt, July, Dish. I'm not sure if I understood this correctly, but I believe that the disclosure of their fates was saved for an inferior sequel. If so, this was a mistake. A novel of this size should have been self-contained.
One of the best books I've ever read and Lee Horsley did a fantastic job. Overall my favorite audiobook so far.
One tip though is to be sure to download the highest quality files. The lower quality files were distractingly bad for me. Took up a lot of space on my phone but it was well worth it.
This must be one of the best books I have ever listened to. It has everything. Beautifully drawn characters, action, and heart rending suspense. You laugh and cry along with the characters they are so true. The narration is wonderful and you become so attached to the characters that it's difficult to finish the book. I lost sleep over this one as I spent far too much time listening. Be warned there are places that are a bit brutal, but this was the wild west after all. It definitely ranks in my top five audiobooks of all time, and I've listened to many books. Get this one for sure; it's a major deal for only one credit.
I'm over 40 and this is the first western I've ever read/listened to! I easily see why it won the Pulitzer Prize and now am going back to download the rest of the series.
I really hope Lee Horsley won some kind of audiobook prize the year this was recorderd. His portrayal of Gus McCrae is beyond spot on. I enjoyed all the voices he created for the characters. I also wish Mr. Horsley had been chosen to narrate the other books in the series.
So worth the credit!!!