I have to admit - like a lot of readers I was wondering what I got myself into after struggling through the first couple of chapters. But then the story starts to develop and you are rewarded for sticking with it. This book is a gem. Hands down the best story I've ever read.
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Triumph of characterization.
Gus is the star of the book.
Toward the end I bawled. I can't say where because of spoilers, but I used almost a half a box of tissue.
Wow what a book. After a slow start in the first 2 hours of the 36 hour audiobook, I was completely hooked. I would do chores around the house just to listen. I had no problem with the changing audio like other reviewers. It appears it was recorded at different times but with 36 hours that's understandable. I also enjoyed the narrator's voice for Gus; it became like a big sweet bear's voice to me. This may be the only 36 hour audiobook I have listened to that made me wish it was longer. You don't want to say goodbye to the characters and the life on the range in the "Old West." During the first couple hours I was offended at the terms the characters used to describe other ethnicities, but although not excusable, this was the late 1800s. Also, there were great noble characters in the novel of African-American, Latino, and Native American descent. An underlying theme in the novel was tolerance and admiration in all people. I will treasure my experience with this book for many years, and then I will listen to it again with renewed appreciation.
Anyone who loves Western novels and the history of the America west in the 1800s will thoroughly enjoy the epic saga of the cowboys from Lonesome Dove.
Yes..... This is a amazing book to start with but the voices reading the book truly bring it to life.
They were all great
The first review I have ever given any book......
The miniseries was excellent (Robert Duvall is THE perfect Gus McCrae!) but the book was so much better and richer in story and character development. As a truck driver, I love listening to books like this because the places in the story come alive. Every week, I pass the exit for Ogalalla NE and wonder if Clara is at home.
The narrator does an excellent job but the sound quality is pretty terrible. I had to turn the volume way up just to hear most of the story, EXCEPT for Gus. When Gus spoke, it was so loud I'd jump.
The character of both Gus and Call. In the end they both chose to honor their commitment to themselves rather than those they loved, or should have really loved. That Call would agree to Gus' dying wish, forsaking his son, and that Gus would make such a request, showed that both of them cared much too much for themselves and in the end, for what? At least the mini-series ending gave them some credibility, but that was the TV ending. I would have Call go back to Newt and Gus be buried at Clara's.
No. Once again the Pulitzer choices disappoint me.
The narrator totally mis-read Gus. All of Gus' dialogue was shouted, making him seem like a deaf old man. Robert Duvall did a much better job in the mini-series. He was superb!!!
Yes and no.
My only criticism is during the first half of the book the narrator shouts Gus's dialogue. This results in problems in the sound balance …. and it is a bit wearing on the nerves, too.