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
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's fun to follow the progression of the two main characters, Gus and Call, as they're now more experienced at "rangering."
Maggie. She needs a good man.
Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.
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.
I must say that Lonesome Dove might be my favorite novel ever. I have both read and listened to it. And so I was engaged in this prequel from the start. There was enough action to sustain me and I enjoyed revisiting the characters I grew to love in Lonesome Dove. Not sure this would stand on its own, but as a followup to Lonesome Dove, I really enjoyed this novel. Many of the Indians from the original played a more prominent part in this, which I liked. This is a solid, fun western with a good reader. Gus and Call are Texas Rangers in the final days of the Indian wars. McMurtry again mixes humor and action with good dialogue.
I listen while doing those tasks when I don't need to be mentally engaged all the time. If I miss something I listen all over again.
I'm hooked on the Lonesome Dove story. Never saw the TV series, but totally captivated by the storyline and snapshot of the characters. The only inaccuracy I saw is the value of a quarter and dollar of the timeline - Dollar for a haircut - I don't think so.
I was initially very disappointed with the narrator. After listening to Lonesome Dove, this reader left a lot to be desired. Most characters sound the same. Gus sounds wimpy and winy.
The story itself is OK. The last few chapters were pretty boring without much going on. I don't think I'll continue with the series.
I LOVED THIS BOOK AS I AM A LARRY MCMURTRY FAN FROM THE BEGINING. I GIVE THIS BOOK A FIVE STAR RATING AS IT TELLS OF THE BEST DAYS OF THE TEXAS RANGERS.
I enjoyed the listen, but found the story to ramble. Too many characters skipping from moment to moment. You lost track of what was happening with the main characters. The narration however was excellent. I wish the narrator had also performed Lonesome Dove. He was able to make each character unique and I was particularly happy not to have to listen to a screeching Gus.
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