Maybe it's the fact that I listened to this after the excellent narration of Dead Man's Walk by Will Patton and not long after running through a few Stephen King books performed by Frank Muller, but I was left a little unsatisfied at the end of Dead Man's Walk. Although he eventually finds a pace and voice for each character, Muller's secondary Rangers and sometimes even Woodrow Call often appear with the same gruff and generic grunt attributable to many secondary characters from the King novels in which Muller narrates - and he mispronounces several words, most of which are in English. It isn't constant, but it is frequent enough that I noticed. The main complaint, if you can even call it that because this is still a wonderful novel with a great voice behind it, is that Muller lacks Patton's laconic drawl, which puts you squarely in the story. Patton's rendition of the Comanches in DMW was bone chilling - here they come across rather simple.
These are nitpicks to be sure - Muller handles McMurtry well, and gives us a mostly enjoyable ride through the second installment of the Lonesome Dove saga.
The writing of Larry McMurtry is superb!! Each character has such great detail , you get to know their personalities, moods, idiosyncrasies
Larry McMurtry's books are hard to compare to others, but they are certainly classics on their own
This narrator was a bit nauseating at times, but he captured the characters personalities pretty well
I love this book!! Call, Gus, Famous Shoes, Buffalo Hump will live on!!
For the first time, after listening to almost 100 audio books and always feeling the book was much enhanced by listening, this time the narration was so annoying I am certain I would have enjoyed the book more had I read it. And extra disappointing because the narration of Lonesome Dove was incredible!
NO. He has a most annoying way of dragging out the last word of every sentence. Like nails on a chalkboard. And his whisper talk.
Say something about yourself!
Too bad the story line doesn't match that of Lonesome Dove. All three books should have followed the same story line.
I have enjoyed Lonesome Dove and Frank Muller's narration of other books, but this did not work as well for me on either part. I enjoyed the parts with new characters and the story of the travels into Mexico, but much of of the Lonesome Dove characters story consisted of back story explaining how they would act in the next part of the sequence. I have also enjoyed Frank Muller's narration on several other books, especially "Prince of Tides" and "Shawshank Redemption," but some characters on this one seemed a little cartoonish, and his portrayal of female characters seems over-reliant on falsetto vocal technique here.
Although Comanche Moon is definitely NOT as good as Lonesome Dove, it still ranks near the top of the audiobooks I have enjoyed over the last couple of years.
This story was really more of a Yarn than it was a novel. It was also extremely funny, although you wouldn't be able to guess that just from following what happened. In a way, this was McMurtry's tome to Death and Mortality, which makes it even more amazing to me that it wasn't the least bit heavy-handed. McMurtry was able to talk about facing death in a very serious way that was nonetheless also more than a little bit whimsical. Masterful, really.
Muller absolutely nailed Woodrow Call. In fact, I thought Muller's narration was spot-on throughout, perfectly depicting McMurtry's tale. I had read several reviews knocking Muller's performance, but I think his comedic timing was pretty near perfect for this particular audiobook. I would LOVE to hear Frank Muller narrate "Roughing It", or really ANY book by Mark Twain.
Crime and Punishment
This book brought to mind "Little Big Man" almost as much as it did the other books in the "Lonesome Dove" series.