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Boone's Lick Audiobook

Boone's Lick

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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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    "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 2015
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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.

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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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    W.Denis Savannah, GA, United States 06-26-05
    W.Denis Savannah, GA, United States 06-26-05
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    "Little Big Man and Flashman Revisited"

    I am surprised that McMurtry would write this silly story. The reader makes it even more corny.

    Denis Wright

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