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Boone's Lick | [Larry McMurtry]

Boone's Lick

Boone's Lick is high adventure, a perfect Western tale and a moving love story - it is vintage Larry McMurtry, combining his brilliant character portraits, his unerring sense of the West and his unrivalled eye for the telling detail.
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Publisher's Summary

Boone's Lick is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry's triumphant return to the kind of story that made him famous - an enthralling tale of the 19th-century West. McMurtry brings his unique blend of historical fact and sheer storytelling genius to the Cecil family's arduous journey from Boone's Lick, Missouri, to Fort Phil Kearny in Wyoming. Fifteen-year-old Shay describes the journey that begins when his Ma, Mary Margaret, decides to hunt down her elusive husband, Dick, to tell him she's leaving him.

The family sets out across the plains in search of him, encountering grizzly bears, stormy weather, and hostile Indians as they go. With them are Shay's siblings G.T., Neva, and Baby Marcy, Shay's uncle Seth, his Granpa Crackenthorpe, and Mary Margaret's beautiful half-sister Rose. During their journey they pick up a bare-footed priest named Father Villy, and a Snake Indian named Charlie Seven Days, and persuade them to come along.

Boone's Lick is high adventure, a perfect Western tale and a moving love story - it is vintage McMurtry, combining his brilliant character portraits, his unerring sense of the West and his unrivalled eye for the telling detail.

©2000 Larry McMurtry, All Rights Reserved; (P)2000 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All Rights Reserved; AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Nominee for Audio Publishers Association 2001 Audie Award, Solo Narration - Male

"A zany performance of a zany story." (AudioFile)

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    D. Sidwell 02-10-04
    D. Sidwell 02-10-04
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    "Enjoyable and Absorbing"

    Larry McMurtry is one of my favorite authors, and this book doesn't disappoint. The characters were endearing and the story absorbing and in a true McMurtry way, sometimes shocking. I highly recommend it.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    James Elk Grove, CA, USA 04-03-03
    James Elk Grove, CA, USA 04-03-03
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    "No Lonesome Dove"

    Nevertheless, this is a fine offering. Read by my favorite audiobook reader, Will Patton, and written by one of my favorite authors, Larry McMurtry, this novel was a good time!

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Kay F. 06-09-11
    Kay F. 06-09-11
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    "A great story made real by brilliant narration"

    Both voracious readers, my husband suggested that I might like Larry McMurtry's books; he was right as usual. I chose Boone's Lick to start because as an audio-book addict, I especially like to listen to the brilliant narration of Will Patton (check out his other works as he is the best narrator I listen to....) Boone's Lick captured my interest from the beginning as McMurtry's characters are engaging and intriguing. Patton brings each to life with their unique personalities as he gives a distinctive voice to every character. I can't wait to listen to more McMurtry and will keep looking for Patton's narrations.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 06-24-03
    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 06-24-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Okay, but not great"

    Lonesome Dove this book is not. It is okay, pretty good, but not great. The story was good enough that it shocked me to find myself already at the end of the book, but it was such an abrupt ending... seemed there should have been more to the story.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Michael kansas city, MO, United States 12-10-12
    Michael kansas city, MO, United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Absolutely wonderful."

    another great western story.. worth the credit. sadness and adventure all in one. just the way i like them

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Louisa, KY, USA 04-04-04
    Mike Louisa, KY, USA 04-04-04
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    "Boone's Lick"

    A great story by a great story teller. McMurtry's writing puts you in the wagon, on the trail.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    G. Joseph Little Rock, AR, USA 06-29-05
    G. Joseph Little Rock, AR, USA 06-29-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Absorbing and entertaining"

    Less than Lonesome Dove but better than the Berrybender series.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda Moore 08-19-08 Member Since 2008
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    "If you are looking for Lonesome Dove..."

    If you are looking for Lonesome Dove you must have took a wrong turn.
    No charecter depth and no conclusive point to the mindless blathering.

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    Wesley B. Cooper Seattle, WA USA 10-04-06
    Wesley B. Cooper Seattle, WA USA 10-04-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Stick with Lonesome Dove"

    While I knew McMurtry hasn't created another novel on the scale of Loneseome Dove, I was hoping to find something at least as entertaining. This book is very disappointing in that regard, both from a story perspective as well as the narrator. The beginning is slow and it's almost as if McMurtry got tired of writing at the end. I don't recommend this book at all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Hamtramck, MI, USA 08-31-06
    Christopher Hamtramck, MI, USA 08-31-06
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    "McMurtry on autopilot"

    Don't expect the power of Lonesome Dove. McMurtry is like Stephen King and others-- sometimes he is stunning, sometimes he seems to put it in autopilot. Here, he recreates the West entertainingly, and that is what this novel is-- enertaining. If you want depth, look elsewhere. In fact, I was hoping the worst for many of the central protagonists, especially the self-righteous, stereotypically Midwestern "Ma". Annoying also was the too-heavy country drawl of the narrator. A confusing aspect is the inclusion of Wild Bill Hickock, who just suddenly disappears like a side thought, much the way television brings in a character to a successful show briefly in order to do a spin-off. Still it is what it is, and it is always a joy to visit his version of the Wild West.

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  • Roxanne
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    "Wildly Entertaining"

    A terrific book. The author Larry McMurtry won a Pulitzer Prize for Lonesome Dove. Although I never read westerns, I read all that Mr McMurtry writes and I am never disappointed. The actor who reads the book is superb. We had it playing in the car and drove an extra hour into the night just so we could listen to the story. You will never regret listening to this story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
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    6/18/10
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    "Another wonderful tale"

    This is a great story with some wonderful Larry McMurtry characters, brilliantly read by actor Will Patton. If you enjoyed Lonesome Dove, you'll love this, too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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