Although I like McMurtry's books, this one just seemed to take the cake when I finished it tonight. It seems to me that Larry loves to introduce his characters into his stories, gets you to love them or hate them, and then kills them off slowly! I think he just likes to play with his "readers-listeners" emotions, similarly to some of his characters "killings". Why else would all the main characters be gone now, in the Lonesome Dove saga's, well......almost gone, only one's left are P-i, Lorena, and barely by a whisker, Call.
Completed Lonesome Dove.
All the bandits were taken care of.
Pea Eye Parker shooting Joey Gaza.
I wouldn't rename it.
These four books have told quite a story & I really hate to see them end.
A rewarding end to the Lonesome Dove series! After being disappointed in Comanche Moon (the #2 book in the series), I was curious as to how Streets of Laredo would be received.
I loved it! It worked at a great speed. Covering a lot of events, but not leaving out chunks of detail like I thought Comanche Moon did. Character development was good and the plot kept you guessing.
Highly recommend reading the prologue as well. Wraps the story/series in a bow for you.
Depressing, disjointed and drawn out. Maybe an abridged version would have been better, or a different narrator but the charm and humor of Lonesome Dove was totally missing.
Like beauty, most artistic presentations are in the eye of the beholder. This is my second time through this book, the first was many years ago. I don't remember liking it as much the first time. That may be because my first trip through it, it may have been a casualty of circumstances. The main circumstance being, I listened to it after watching the miniseries. I didn't care much for the miniseries for various reason. Mainly because the Lonesome Dove miniseries towered so far above it.
But this is a great book. Larry McMurtry is far and away my favorite writer of the western genre. The story is well conceived and told. I balked a little with the narrator because I recently listened to Lonesome Dove and Lee Horsley does such an excellent job. But Daniel Von Bargen was a great choice for this book and well deserving of a 5 star award.
And PLEASE!!! Don't shy away from this book because you don't like Westerns. This is a great story, well told and beautifully performed.
Having just finished the three Lonesome Dove follow up audiobooks , I found Streets of Laredo to be a fitting end to the story. I was not sure about Laredo going in. Some reviewers found it dark. Without Gus McCrae, what point was there in going on?
Well Woodrow seems to have felt the same way, but he uncomplainingly goes on. The flashbacks and recollections of Gus bring back his himor and brilliance. In Comanche Moon, Gus was portrayed as a a bit of a youthful clown and it was nice to get some brief remembrances of why he was so compelling.
Here is the West after the conquering of the Comanche and the buffalo. Villains still abound. Lorena and Clara still barely tolerate the captain. It's a great story.
Although not as stellar as Lonesome Dove as far as story or narrator, this was a fitting conclusion to the saga. I love the new characters, the pace, and the twists. I'm disappointed Lee Hornsley didn't narrate but the reading was alright.
I read many of the reviews and must say that initially i agreed with them. The book was just too hard, too unforgiving, and lacking in its former humor which helped take the edge off the unrelenting subject matter.
But now . . . I realize that i've ridden too far and too long in McMurtry's world and with his wonderful, enduring characters. Mr. McMurtry is the master of the trail and this is where the trail has ultimately taken us. I might wish things were different but alas, as in life, these are the cards we have been dealt. Life sux today as it did back then and unfortunately life's bows are never neatly tied.
With age often comes acceptance, regret, or a hardening of the heart and the humor of youth, that once so easily allowed us to float above sadness, now dries up like rain in the parched Texas desert.
This is a book of endings, and beginnings and life at it most raw. McMurtry could not have written a more realistic, beautiful and touching conclusion.