Copyright ©1985 by Larry McMurtry, All Rights Reserved; Copyright (P)1992 Dove Audio, Inc.
"Everything about Lonesome Dove feels true....these are real people, and they are still larger than life." (The New York Times Book Review)
I did not want it to end. Kept me riveted on many long drives. Have to go watch the old mini series now.
I loved the unforgettable characters of this story.
Does it make sense to you that I say I like the "big-ness", the epic-ness of such a giant story. It is truly one of the greats.
Mr. Horsley's reading was fantastic, with all his attention to the different voices and his emotion in the telling. He really brings the characters to life.
For me, it's Gus. I love his view of life all around. He is one of a kind. They don't make men like him anymore.
I cannot see that any other audio versions of this story need to be recorded. There is no way they could be better than this one.
Horsley is clearly taking many of his cues from the mini series, a strong choice. I wish they had applied the miniseries score to it as well - the rinky-dink music in this book is not remotely as good. On the whole, though, this is excellent.
Lonesome Dove is a long book to listen to, but it's worth the entire ride, all puns intended. You won't regret listening to this book. It is superbly written and magnificently narrated.
Wooo ohhh weeeeeee
Voices man, voices
Gus..what a guy
So nice I'd read it trice and can't wait to read em all
I just listened to this audiobook again, and loved every minute of it! A timeless story with fabulous narration makes this audiobook a classic. If you love a gripping tale, get this audiobook!
This is my first time listening to Lonesome Dove but I have read it a couple of times before. I saw the mini series first and when you read the story, you can imagine Robert Duval or Tommy Lee Jones reading to you, but unfortunately, when you listen to the story, you hear just the narrator. Listening to Lee Horsley, he always just sounds tired and worn out and breathless. I mean, he's okay but many people were raving about his narration and I didn't think it was that exceptional.
It's a great read. I'm not a Western fan and still love it.
I truly enjoyed this book. I'm not a big fan of Westerns, in fact this is the first one I've ever read. It was recommended to me so I gave it a try. The story is excellent and very engaging. I really enjoyed how the reader used different voices for all of the characters... it brought the book to life, almost like I was listening to a play. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a great story with interesting and well developed characters.
"A wonderful surprise"
I have never liked westerns and only downloaded this as it was offered as a bonus book. Then I didn't listen to it until I had run out of other options in my library. I was thoroughly captured by the story. The author writes his characters so well and does not shy away from difficult scenes, but neither does he 'overdo' them. The brutality of the time is portrayed but balanced with wonderful moments between characters. I don't mind admitting to shedding a tear or two at the death of a character, again not because it was over sentimentalised but because he had been so well drawn and the scenario of the death is so well told... I won't say more as I don't want to spoil it for future listeners. I initially found the narrator a little slow but you soon get into the rhythm of his performance and it suits the story.
"A great story"
A marvellous novel - the story of an epic cattle drive from Texas to Wyoming. Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize Novel is full of unforgettable characters undertaking an epic journey. A journey that is full of laughter, hardship and pathos
Undoubtedly a masterful book that should be read over and over.
"I loved it!"
I didn't know whether I would like this book or not, westerns not being a genre I normally read and the length of it was a bit off-putting, but I actually loved every minute of it.
"Uva uvam vivendo varia fit!"
36 hours of pure pleasure. This is the perfect reading of a superb book. If you liked the TV series and/or book this audio version is a wonderful way of taking a dust bath in the sagebrush dry humour of Larry McMurtry's world. It will make you grin so much you'd think you'd "just discovered teeth." As amusing, intriging, poignant and unpredictable as Lonesome Dove's Latin motto: Uva uvam vivendo varia fit.
"audio quality very patchy"
The narration can vary from chapter to the next, sometimes being clear and loud others muffled and much quieter.
"an amazing adventure."
I read this book years ago and thought I would revisit .The narrator was superb made all the characters come to life especially Gus loved it sad journey to work now it's finished
"Good story, great performance."
It's a long book and you need a good attention span but it's worth it. You get very attached to most of the characters and get to know the main ones very well on great depth.
The performance is one of the best I've heard on audible, his voices for the characters are so good it grips you from the off and you can tell who is speaking before he reads the name.
Would recommend. 8.5/10
"Fantastic atmospheric Western"
I enjoyed every second of the 36 hours.
Lee Horsley's reading was impeccable.
The fatuous burst of country music at the end could be deleted with advantage though.
"Must be the most boring book in the world ...."
A decent or somehow interesting story, read by a voice that was easy to listen to. It was none of these things. The reader was very difficult to listen to; monotone and dull
No. I couldn't get anywhere close to the end of it and I feel thoroughly miserable that I took any notice of any of the reviews. It was simply terrible; no interest in finding out where the story went because the story line was so dull and the voice of the narrator was so dull.
Don' buy it!
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