A great read. I highly recommend.
Tom was my favorite character. His perseverance and overall sense of personal responsibility is remarkable. He is the kind of person that I have always strived to be. He makes very difficult choices because of his morality,and tries to protect those around him. Most people like to believe that they are like Tom, but few are able to make the tough choices. The author writes his characters carefully, but does not reveal information until needed.
The story is set in Australia and is read by an Australian. The tone of the reader is distinctive - never too rapid, nor did it drag.
The 3 main characters have lived through very difficult times and circumstances. When a dead man and an infant show up on the island where Tom, the light keeper, and his wife Izzy live, the couple rescue the child, and bury the man. Persuaded by Izzy to keep the baby and raise her as their own, Tom is conflicted by guilt. How each person lives, loves, and make choices is the real point of the story. I could not help but be touched.
No, I would not recommend that anyone listen to "Siri" re-read this book. I would listen again if it were reproduced with a different LIVE reader.
I guess the most memorable moment was when Jane rescues herself by almost cutting off the penis of one of her abductors. Self-sacrifice, suspense, and timing all play a significant role in this scene.
I would like to listen to Kate Reading perform this book, but almost anyone else could have done a better job.
I would like to take two characters out to eat, Rabbit and Finn. I am certain that there would not be a dull moment and I am sure I would learn much from them.
Good read for women who like western settings. I also found it interesting that one of the characters was sent to the west on an Orphan train.
Loaded with strong characters and action packed, Lonesome Dove captures your imagination whether you are male or female. Clara is probably the best written strong-willed female that I have ever read. If it needed doing, she did it. As someone that grew up on a ranch, I could taste the dirt and smell the horse sweat as they traveled. This book brought the history of the Goodnight Trail to life in my mind.
I guess like most, Gus was "hands down" my favorite. When they made the movie, Robert Duval captured Gus' essence. He felt everything deeply and had something to say about all the everything. The opposite of Woodrow Call, Gus cherished every minute of his life and lived it to the fullest. I laughed when he laughed and cried when he died.
My favorite scene was probably Laurie and Gus were swimming in the river and Blue Duck came down to water his horse. Gus was ready for him, and the two had a face to face. The scene went from fun and frolic to nerves and fear. In my mind, the scene is so ironic that Gus, sitting in the middle of the river in his worn underwear, stares down the most evil man in the west and becomes the hero at that point.
All of the above. Anger, joy, fear, revotion, fatigue, excitement, and love. McMurtry is truly a gifted story teller.
Lee Horsley's performance was exactly PERFECT for this book. The length of the book may scare some readers (listeners) off, but at the end, you will understand that it could not have been any longer or shorter. Cinch up, gather your reins, and hang on. You are in for the ride of your life!
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