The book is a good follow up to Lonesome Dove...prequel....but the narrator was a big disappointment. Very poor western accent and hard to distinguish between characters.
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.
Yes, because the narrator adds a lot to the characters.
Captain Skull, He was a very cool character every time he was mentioned the story got very interesting.
The torture that captain Skull endured was really some good story telling.
This book is read in four parts. The fourth part is dry, dull, and boring. They should have stopped at part three and the book would have been perfect. The last part was so dull that I barely got through it.
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.
The most memorable moment is when Gus is the focus of the novel. He and Call are the most interesting characters.
Never heard Frank Muller's other performances and he was so understated that I would avoid getting another audible title with him as the performer.
No. This wasn't a real cliff hanger by any stretch of the imagination.
I really am disappointed. I really loved Lonesome Dove and this one just didn't stack up at all.
A great story with great narration. I have listened to and enjoyed the entire Lonesome Dove Series.
The story, as with each of the other books in the Lonesome Dove saga, is top notch. McMurty is a master storyteller whose characters easily come to life in the imagination of the reader.
Muller has the unfortunate habit, intentional or not, of ending his sentences with a kind of gruff, overly dramatic whisper that is at once laughable and annoying. When I first heard it, I had hoped that it would subside; but, my hopes came to nothing, and the prolonged rising, then falling intonation of Muller's voice led me to abandon the book altogether. I have listened to the other three books in the saga, and each narrator did an excellent job, but this feel far short. The other complaint, one at least two other reviews have mentioned, is that Muller does not vary the voice of the character enough to make them distinguishable. Call sounds like McCrae sounds like Scull sounds like Long Bill Coleman.
I cannot vouch for this, but at least one other reviewer has pointed out that there is significant portion (~19 pages) at the beginning of the book that is missing. While I cannot say whether this is accurate or not, this, combined with Muller's poor performance as a narrator, is enough to persuade me to leave the audiobook aside and read the final installment of the saga for myself.