I bought this audio book for my 7-year-old daughter to listen to on a long car trip. It turned out that my jaded 12-year-old son was enthralled as well. Now, that's good.
I had seen the TV shows but never realized how rich all the characters are. Nor had I realized how conflicted each one is about the choices they face. Virtually no one here is one-dimensional. There hardly seems to be a "typical cowboy" among them. Even the minor characters are presented with their unique strengths and weaknesses, a feature that helps the book transcend the period and place in which it is set.
The book starts a bit slowly as McMurtry develops the central characters, but once they get on the trail, the pace picks up.
Lee Horsley does a wonderful job narrating. Beautiful interpretations of many different characters.
I never tired of the book and was sorry to hear it end. You know the characters so well that you want to learn more and more about their lives.
Wonderful narration. I haven't heard many audio books, but it's hard to imagine this one being done any better. Rich characters and scenes, precisely drawn by Dickens.
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