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Comanche Moon | [Larry McMurtry, Frank Muller]

Comanche Moon

We join Texas Rangers August McCrae and Woodrow F. Call as they are just beginning to deal with the perplexing tensions of adult life -- Gus, and his great love, Clara Forsythe, Call and Maggie Tilton, the young whore who loves him -- when they enlist with a Ranger troop in pursuit of Buffalo Hump, the great Comanche war chief; Kicking Wolf, the celebrated Comanche horse thief; and a deadly Mexican bandit king with a penchant for torture.
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Publisher's Summary

Comanche Moon completes Larry McMurtry's epic cycle of novels of the American West that began with the Pulitzer-Prize-winning masterpiece, Lonesome Dove.

We join Texas Rangers August McCrae and Woodrow F. Call as they are just beginning to deal with the perplexing tensions of adult life -- Gus, and his great love, Clara Forsythe, Call and Maggie Tilton, the young whore who loves him -- when they enlist with a Ranger troop in pursuit of Buffalo Hump, the great Comanche war chief; Kicking Wolf, the celebrated Comanche horse thief; and a deadly Mexican bandit king with a penchant for torture.

Comanche Moon joins the 20-year time line between Dead Man's Walk and Lonesome Dove, as we follow Gus, Call and their comrades-in-arms -- Deets, Jake Spoon, and Pea Eye Parker -- in their bitter struggle to protect an advancing Western frontier against the defiant Comanches, determined to defend their territory and way of life.

At once realistic and yet vividly imagined, Comanche Moon is a giant of an audiobook and the keystone to a mighty achievement of storytelling. An epic adventure full of heroism, tragedy, cruelty, courage, honor and betrayal, Comanche Moon is the culmination of Larry McMurtry's peerless vision of the American West.

©2000 Larry McMurtry; (P)2000 Simon & Schuster

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    paul 09-19-14
    paul 09-19-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Too much back story, narration issues."
    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed Lonesome Dove and Frank Muller's narration of other books, but this did not work as well for me on either part. I enjoyed the parts with new characters and the story of the travels into Mexico, but much of of the Lonesome Dove characters story consisted of back story explaining how they would act in the next part of the sequence. I have also enjoyed Frank Muller's narration on several other books, especially "Prince of Tides" and "Shawshank Redemption," but some characters on this one seemed a little cartoonish, and his portrayal of female characters seems over-reliant on falsetto vocal technique here.

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    John M Hadland 08-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Perfect Narrator"
    Where does Comanche Moon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Although Comanche Moon is definitely NOT as good as Lonesome Dove, it still ranks near the top of the audiobooks I have enjoyed over the last couple of years.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story was really more of a Yarn than it was a novel. It was also extremely funny, although you wouldn't be able to guess that just from following what happened. In a way, this was McMurtry's tome to Death and Mortality, which makes it even more amazing to me that it wasn't the least bit heavy-handed. McMurtry was able to talk about facing death in a very serious way that was nonetheless also more than a little bit whimsical. Masterful, really.


    Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

    Muller absolutely nailed Woodrow Call. In fact, I thought Muller's narration was spot-on throughout, perfectly depicting McMurtry's tale. I had read several reviews knocking Muller's performance, but I think his comedic timing was pretty near perfect for this particular audiobook. I would LOVE to hear Frank Muller narrate "Roughing It", or really ANY book by Mark Twain.


    If you could rename Comanche Moon, what would you call it?

    Crime and Punishment


    Any additional comments?

    This book brought to mind "Little Big Man" almost as much as it did the other books in the "Lonesome Dove" series.

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    Michele Rae White Kansas 12-07-13
    Michele Rae White Kansas 12-07-13 Member Since 2013

    Book lover

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    "Not as Good as Lonesome Dove"
    If you could sum up Comanche Moon in three words, what would they be?

    Worthy Effort


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Comanche Moon?

    The most memorable moment is when Gus is the focus of the novel. He and Call are the most interesting characters.


    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Never heard Frank Muller's other performances and he was so understated that I would avoid getting another audible title with him as the performer.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. This wasn't a real cliff hanger by any stretch of the imagination.


    Any additional comments?

    I really am disappointed. I really loved Lonesome Dove and this one just didn't stack up at all.

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    Allen EVANSVILLE, WI, United States 09-23-13
    Allen EVANSVILLE, WI, United States 09-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Long winded but good"
    Would you listen to Comanche Moon again? Why?

    A great story with great narration. I have listened to and enjoyed the entire Lonesome Dove Series.


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    Brandon Comstock Park, MI, United States 09-05-13
    Brandon Comstock Park, MI, United States 09-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Killed by an inept narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The story, as with each of the other books in the Lonesome Dove saga, is top notch. McMurty is a master storyteller whose characters easily come to life in the imagination of the reader.


    What didn’t you like about Frank Muller’s performance?

    Muller has the unfortunate habit, intentional or not, of ending his sentences with a kind of gruff, overly dramatic whisper that is at once laughable and annoying. When I first heard it, I had hoped that it would subside; but, my hopes came to nothing, and the prolonged rising, then falling intonation of Muller's voice led me to abandon the book altogether. I have listened to the other three books in the saga, and each narrator did an excellent job, but this feel far short. The other complaint, one at least two other reviews have mentioned, is that Muller does not vary the voice of the character enough to make them distinguishable. Call sounds like McCrae sounds like Scull sounds like Long Bill Coleman.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot vouch for this, but at least one other reviewer has pointed out that there is significant portion (~19 pages) at the beginning of the book that is missing. While I cannot say whether this is accurate or not, this, combined with Muller's poor performance as a narrator, is enough to persuade me to leave the audiobook aside and read the final installment of the saga for myself.

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    DUANE 05-16-13
    DUANE 05-16-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a Holy Bible Thumping, God loving, Holy Spirit following Jesus Freak.

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    "Some of the Hat Creek humor."
    What did you love best about Comanche Moon?

    Gus and Call start to get better at rangering.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gus, Call, Mattie, Clara and Newt.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they come into Lonesome Dove for the first time.


    If you could rename Comanche Moon, what would you call it?

    I don't know.


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    James Houston, TX USA 08-17-12
    James Houston, TX USA 08-17-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly entertaining and well written historical fiction about Texas Rangers, Comanches and others set during Texas' brief history as a nation. This second of four books in the Lonesome Dove series does not disappoint.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's fun to follow the progression of the two main characters, Gus and Call, as they're now more experienced at "rangering."


    Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

    Captain Skull.


    If you could take any character from Comanche Moon out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Maggie. She needs a good man.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 06-20-12
    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 06-20-12 Member Since 2007

    Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.

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    "Stopped 1/2 Way Through"

    This is very rare for me. I (almost) never leave any book unfinished -- reading or listening. I've listened to and thoroughly enjoyed the other books in this series, so this was a doubly tough choice for me to make. Two primary reasons: #1 When the narrator was describing predominantly Indian based scenes, he dropped into a Jack Palance like deep growl. It reminded me of Palance playing a comedic bad guy. Out of place and tone for this book and hugely irritating to listen to. #2 There were some gratuitous scenes of graphic sadism. I stopped just as a young boy was being skinned alive. And that was by no means the first very upsetting treatment for both humans and animals.

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    Ronnie 12-23-11
    Ronnie 12-23-11 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    really a great book. told from both sides and you get to see the life of the hunted and hunters. way better than the movie

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    Jeffrey Wieseman 10-21-11 Member Since 2007

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    "McMurtry and Muller!"

    I will always remember watching the premiere of the Lonesome Dove mini-series with my Dad, during my teenage years. Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones were mesmerizing. I never got around to the books until recently. Finished the series with this one. Frank Muller was a narrating genius. Larry McMurtry is a literary genius. If I had to choose a favorite of the series this would be it!

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