I didn't expect to be so taken with an "old" novel, especially considering it's a translation. I am pleasantly surprised in every possible way. Although it was published in 1866 it could have been written yesterday. Anthony Heald does an absolutely stunning narration, he really brings the story to life. I never once thought of it as a "translation" thanks to Anthony's great reading. Great story, narration, the whole package. I'd give it 6 stars if I could.
Yes, I will probably read the rest of the series based on the excellence of Lonesome Dove. I very rarely dislike a book this much, usually I can see the good in it and see what the author was intending. This one had me waiting for it to end.
There didn't seem to be any kind of plot, or much character development throughout this story. It seems that McMurtry was simply milking the characters and not putting in any effort.
The narration was awful. I'm not sure if it was the narrators fault or the bad writing, or a combination of both. Perhaps a different genre would suit Will better.
I am sorry to sound so negative, but this one really left a bad taste in my mouth. I feel I would have been better off to have only read Lonesome Dove. Having said that, I will still finish the Comanche Moon and Streets of Laredo because I like the characters. All in all I'd say skip this one.
This is my favorite book so far, it didn't seem slow to me at all. There's so much to these books, maybe they aren't full of hollywood style action, but the plotting and psychological action is intense, as with all the dune books (at least to me). Awesome stuff, and Simon Vance rocks.
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