I have been reading novels for more than 40 years, and Lonesome Dove is my very favorite. It's a sweeping saga of the American West with great characters, great dialogue, excellent writing, and a riveting story. I read it 25 years ago and loved it then. I recently listened to the audiobook, and loved it as much. This novel transforms you into another world as much as any book I have read. Gus McCrae is the most memorable character in my years of reading fiction. The reader of the audiobook is very good, but it did take me a little while to get used to him. He seemed to read a little fast at first, but either he slowed down or I acquired an ear for him. Either way, this was a great story to listen to. This story, which centers around the first cattle drive from Texas to Montana, has everything: action, romance, numerous subplots (all great!), and fascinating details of life in the wild west. I cannot say enough good things about this great American novel.
When I first started listening to this, I wondered what I had gotten into because I'm not into cowboy stuff. I gave it a chance, though, and started to really like it. As a matter of fact I found the character development just wonderful. I feel like I know these people. There's so much of it that is quite touching. This is very long, but I do recommend it.
This is an excellent and well written tale of the old West. The naration is exceptional. Highly recommend this story.
Ok I just finished Lonesome Dove after completing Dead Man's Walk and Comanche Moon which I understand the later two were written after Lonesome Dove. I loved these books the only thing I have a problem with is that Mr. McMurty must have forgotten the story line from LD when he wrote the other two it made no sense how for instance Claire and Mattie never met? They were talking to each other in both the other books and Mattie died in Lonesome Dove ummmm no she died in Austin I could go on and on about the discrepancies. Weird. But great reads anyway.
This is the first wild west book i ever read. Been enjoying the movies and always been curious about the genre. Most of my patients who were old timers told me to read this book. I thought it was slow at first but once it picks up it was an awesome ride. I love Gus the best character. I felt he made the whole book. His wild west pragmatic wisdom's were very insightful and felt like it was a perfect commentaries of the time period. The book had a touch of realism too on how harsh living in the open west could be. Life and death are always at edge. After reading the book though I could not get into the miniseries. Maybe it felt to campy and outdated or this audio narration of Gus was so much better than Robert Duvall.
This is a great book! I really recommend it. You know it is a good book when you can't wait to get back to the story and you think about it during the day. If you are skeptical, give it a try. You won't be disapointed.
McMurtry does what great authors do best. Create characters you love, embrace and carry with you forever. Such a very simple story made rich by the people who populate this world. There are no twists and turns or trick plotlines, just real people Loyalty, love, and harsh realities of the frontier. This story leaves you sad, but so happy you knew these folks.
I tried very hard for a few hours and finally found it absolutely unbearable because of the narrator's interpretation of Augustus and had to stop after the first of five sections. It could not possibly have been more irritating; why did he have to - with amazingly frustrating consistency - read Augustus at double or triple the volume of any of the other characters!? A probably excellent story destroyed for me in the narration.