This is my first time listening to Lonesome Dove but I have read it a couple of times before. I saw the mini series first and when you read the story, you can imagine Robert Duval or Tommy Lee Jones reading to you, but unfortunately, when you listen to the story, you hear just the narrator. Listening to Lee Horsley, he always just sounds tired and worn out and breathless. I mean, he's okay but many people were raving about his narration and I didn't think it was that exceptional.
It's a great read. I'm not a Western fan and still love it.
I truly enjoyed this book. I'm not a big fan of Westerns, in fact this is the first one I've ever read. It was recommended to me so I gave it a try. The story is excellent and very engaging. I really enjoyed how the reader used different voices for all of the characters... it brought the book to life, almost like I was listening to a play. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a great story with interesting and well developed characters.
I was really looking forward to listening to this book, I absolutely love the miniseries and the book when I read it years ago. But the reader was so dismal and flat I actually couldn't listen.
I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible
Everyone knows this series I'm sure. I remember watching it as a 10 yr old and i was hooked. This book takes me back and i love reading about Gus and whats next.Two TX Rangers and friends for life and now old and living out their last years as cattle herders. Gus and Call want to be the first to settle in Montana with the largest cow and horse herds. This is a book that will make you laugh and cry!!! Go along a ride with Augustus 'Gus' McCrae and Woodrow F. Call-two cowboys that only know one way!!! THE TEXAS RANGER WAY...
I love reading and listening to great books. My favorite authors include Pat Conroy, Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Orson Scott Card.
This is my favorite western novel and my favorite western on the little screen as well. McMurtry outdid himself with this amazing tale that has you laughing, crying and on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. Should have a six star rating.
Augustus because I admire his gusto and enjoyment of life and he acts quickly in all situations doing things I hope that I would do as well.
Wonderful voice characterizations!
Already been done and it cannot be topped.
Loaded with strong characters and action packed, Lonesome Dove captures your imagination whether you are male or female. Clara is probably the best written strong-willed female that I have ever read. If it needed doing, she did it. As someone that grew up on a ranch, I could taste the dirt and smell the horse sweat as they traveled. This book brought the history of the Goodnight Trail to life in my mind.
I guess like most, Gus was "hands down" my favorite. When they made the movie, Robert Duval captured Gus' essence. He felt everything deeply and had something to say about all the everything. The opposite of Woodrow Call, Gus cherished every minute of his life and lived it to the fullest. I laughed when he laughed and cried when he died.
My favorite scene was probably Laurie and Gus were swimming in the river and Blue Duck came down to water his horse. Gus was ready for him, and the two had a face to face. The scene went from fun and frolic to nerves and fear. In my mind, the scene is so ironic that Gus, sitting in the middle of the river in his worn underwear, stares down the most evil man in the west and becomes the hero at that point.
All of the above. Anger, joy, fear, revotion, fatigue, excitement, and love. McMurtry is truly a gifted story teller.
Lee Horsley's performance was exactly PERFECT for this book. The length of the book may scare some readers (listeners) off, but at the end, you will understand that it could not have been any longer or shorter. Cinch up, gather your reins, and hang on. You are in for the ride of your life!
I listened to this book about fifteen years ago, but could not remember it very well other than that I liked it. I usually don't like romance, which this book is sometimes called, but this is a such a great story with great characters that I could not listen to it fast enough. Very enjoyable.
Larry McMurty - yes. Lee Horsley - no. As others have noted, the narrator decided that the author's observation that Gus speaks in a loud voice meant that he should shout all of Gus's dialogue. This leaves the listener a choice of setting the volume too low to follow the dialogue of the other characters or having Gus's lines painfully loud. This is particularly annoying if you listen through headphones.
A competent narrator or a sound engineer with the good sense to re-balance the volume levels of the characters
No, it needs a new production.
.I'm appalled that Audible's quality control let this terribly flawed production slip through, especially for a Pulitzer prize winner.
It needs a totally different narrator. He makes Gus yell instead of just talk.
I couldn't finish the book and I know it's an awesome book! Sorry Larry McMurtry !
He reads too fast and has Gus sounding like he is yelling instead of talking.
everything. It is the best book I have read and listened to.
the reader was very boring. Sam Elliot would have the perfect voice
I will continue to buy McMurtry but sure gonna be hard to top this one