My husband and I decided we'd listen to this classic together, and both of us loved this very realistic slice of life on the western frontier. I haven't read a western since the Louis L'Amour books of my teenage years, but I was very impressed with the McMurtry's incredible character development and insights into human nature. It took about 3 hours until I was really sucked in, but after that, I actually looked forward to my 3.5 hour weekly commute to work just so I could listen to Lonesome Dove! The narration by Lee Horsley was PHENOMENAL--I listen to a lot of audible books, and his skills take the cake--a personalized voice for every character, the lyrical pacing...he really draws the listener in. I'm considering the audible version of McMurtry's other books in the series, but the fact that they aren't narrated by Horsley is a major drawback for me. My only criticism has to do with the ending of the novel which was unsatisfying, to say the least--it was so abrupt and offered little closure. Both my husband and I had to do a double take to make sure it was really over. I suppose that makes me more eager to read the other books in the series, but (lame ending aside), it's hard to imagine that they could measure up to this captivating epic.
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