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Lonesome Dove Audiobook

Lonesome Dove

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Why we think it's Essential: I first listened to Lonesome Dove with some trepidation. Could the likeable star of TV's Matt Houston really handle McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-winning genre-transcending Western? I shouldn't have worried. Lee Horsley inhabits McMurtry's language and characters like a pair of trail-beaten boots, indulging the laid-back roughness of his own Texas roots to bring the tale of Gus McCrae, Woodrow Call, and the Hat Creek Outfit to spirited life. —Ed Walloga

Publisher's Summary

Lonesome Dove is a dusty little Texas town where heroes and outlaws, whores and ladies, Indians and settlers embody the spirit and defiance of the last wilderness. Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved. Lee Horsley, one of TV's most popular leading men and star of the Old West series Paradise, narrates this compelling saga.

Copyright ©1985 by Larry McMurtry, All Rights Reserved; Copyright (P)1992 Dove Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Pulitzer Prize Winner, Fiction, 1986

"Everything about Lonesome Dove feels true....these are real people, and they are still larger than life." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Brent Dewey, AZ, United States 10-28-07
    Brent Dewey, AZ, United States 10-28-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Very Enjoyable"

    If you enjoy a charater driven story that just happens to happen in the old west, this is your best bet. The author constructs his people with care and empathy. One is truly sad when misfortunes occur and can revel in the humor and humanity of those who overcome their adversities.
    The sexual content is relevent without being puriant or gratuitous. It just all rings true.
    It took me a little while to get used to the narrator's voice and chararcterizations. I thought that at the very beginning he moved a little too fast. But once he did slow down the pace was perfect.
    Complaints about Gus' voice are understandable. But because Gus is so outrageous, his voice needs to be outrageous as well. After a while, it just made me smile when he spoke.
    This book is wonderful and tragic all at the same time. If you have ancestors who lived in some of the places that this story covers at the time this this story takes place, it may give you a new respect for the lives they may have led and the times that they lived in. I look forward to listening other books by L.M.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 05-10-12
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2016

    I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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    "Pulitizer Prize Must Read"
    Would you listen to Lonesome Dove again? Why?

    No. And, I don't want to read the follow-on books. I will just say this book frustrates me in a big way. The story is riveting and nothings works the way you want. The characters are flawed perfectly but in very annoying ways that make you want turn it off; but you can't. You can't! You need to know what is going to happen and this is what makes it a must read. Not everything in life goes your way, and this book reminds of it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love the scene when Gus rescues Lorena from being kidnapped by Blue Duck.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Gus and Call had to make a hard decsion about Jake Spoon (can't say more). How a simple decsion can go so bad.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda Shoreline, WA, United States 02-06-12
    Melinda Shoreline, WA, United States 02-06-12

    I love literary fiction and I occasionally delve into non-fiction. I love books that are suspenseful and am really into well-told stories.

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    "This masterpiece needs to be re-recorded"

    I read Lonesome Dove 23 years ago and have seen the miniseries several times. I know that Gus has a loud voice, but the actor doesn't need to scream, sending my sleeping cats scattering and me racing for the volume control every time he talks.... and Gus is a main character. (and one of the best leading men ever written in literature)

    This book is a masterpiece~~and I don't need to finish it to know that. But I doubt I'll finish this version. 35 hours of this isn't too much fun.

    PLEASE RE-RECORD THIS!!!!! It deserves it! I don't think there is anything wrong with the performance by Lee Horsley...because the voices are all OK except for Gus'. I'm going to complain to Audible...and I was warned in reading some of the other reviews that there were sound quality issues... but it's worse than anyone said.

    My advice is to not buy this until they come up with a new recording of it. I'm mad that I wasted a credit on a book I was REALLY looking forward to re-reading.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Cisco Rivera 06-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A Must Read, Even If You Have Seen the Movie!!!"

    I have always been a fan of the Lonesome Dove mini-series and remember watching that with my dad. Even to this day if it is “lazy day” we will pop that in and watch it. For just as long, I have been hearing about how amazing the book is. I tried to read the prequels a few years back and was not impressed. However I have heard many folks praise this book and now I can see why! I enjoy gritty fiction (lately GRR Martin or Joe Abercrombie), and this is very similar in writing style and character types, in that you feel conflicted about the protagonist. At one point you may like a character, only to dislike them 10 minutes later for something they say or do. Nothing is black or white, but many shades of gray in between with these characters. I find the same emotions GRR Martin or Abercrombie evoked while listening to those, being felt in this book. It is not necessarily the setting, be it fantasy or western, that makes a book this amazing, it is the characters. Also it is one helluva way to end the book the way McMurty did in the last few sentences, but it makes you think the whole thing over. Would definitely be a great book for a book club discussion!

    My only criticism of this audio book is the narrator. At times he did an amazing job, but his reading of Gus was very distracting. It felt as though Gus was ALWAYS yelling. It was so distracting at first I found myself getting irritated. However over time I got used to it and am quite glad I did not give up!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 01-14-11
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 01-14-11 Member Since 2015

    Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?

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    "The Best Read and The Best Listen"

    This is an absolutely must read/listen. The best western I've ever read, really the most entertaining novel I've read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey Kinal 08-08-09
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    "Some of the best characters of all time."

    I was a big fan of the television series so I downloaded the book for a cross country road trip. The book is so much better than the series (which I rememner won all kinds of awards as well). I was so engrossed in the story that I had to stop listening because I forgot to watch the road. I finished the book after the trip and by the time it was over I felt like the characters were old friends. I can't say enough good things about this book. Great value too, even though this is one of the longest books I have listened to I was literally sad when it was over I enjoyed it so much. Really a masterpiece.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ScipioTex Houston, TX USA 10-22-03
    ScipioTex Houston, TX USA 10-22-03 Member Since 2006

    M A Stoever

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    "My best listen"

    I've been downloading two Audible titles a month for almost two years, and so far Lonesome Dove is the most memorable: an exciting and moving story populated with brilliantly created characters, brought to life by a fine narration.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Knob Noster, Macau 04-15-03
    Robin Knob Noster, Macau 04-15-03 Member Since 2002
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    "I had no idea!"

    I've never been a fan of westerns but I had heard a lot of good things about this story. My wife and I loved it. The narrator does a good job giving personality to the characters and you will end up loving Gus.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    avoidthelloyd Poteau, OK 08-20-14
    avoidthelloyd Poteau, OK 08-20-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Poor Audio Quality - Great Performance!"

    Once, I was very sick in college and couldn't sleep for several nights. I had one channel whose programming went off at 10 pm... but I had Lonesome Dove VHS tapes! I bet I watched that movie 5 times that week! I haven't watched the movie since then (20 yrs ago), but will soon as a result of reading this book. Here is something that you might want to consider before getting the Audible version: The narrator does a superb job in distinguishing the voices of the characters and really sounds a lot like Gus and Call from the movie, which made it enjoyable. However, while the narrator was excellent, the audio quality was pretty poor. Gus, who we are told has a loud voice, is recorded at a louder volume than most of the other reading. This creates too much difference between the quiet narration and the loud and detracts somewhat from the story. It is not a deal breaker though. I listened at 1.25X speed to retain the narrators accents, but you could listen comfortably at a faster speed if you need to. I definitely think you should use a credit right now. If any of my review helped, please click 'YES' below. I hope this helps. Later.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 07-17-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 07-17-14 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "YOU BOYS MUST HAVE BEEN RAISED ON A SATIN PILLOW"

    THE OLDER THE VIOLIN, THE SWEETER THE MUSIC
    I have not been looking forward to this review. This will effect my standings and maybe lose some followers. I loved the first three hours of this book, because of the setting, characters and anecdotes. After three hours I realized that was it. There was not going to be a plot, goal, quest, hardship to overcome, etc... Oh, some could argue that going to Montana or the relationship between the whore and cowboy would fit the bill, but not for me. I also did not understand why it was okay to steal 100 horses, plus cattle from the Mexicans, when it was a hanging offense in Texas. I love cowboy witticisms, such as in True Grit or Dusty Rhodes books, but I require a story to go with it or at least limit it to 8 to 10 hours. I listened to 10 hours, but could not see going on another 26+. McMurtry can write characters and includes lots of cool sounding cowboy talk and it is one credit for one book, so if that is all you want, you could not go wrong with this book. If your looking for a plot, try Rhodes or Portis.

    PIGS ON THE PORCH JUST MAKES IT HOTTER

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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