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)
Clearly a classic deserving its Pulitzer and a very enjoyable listen, except for the squeamish. I found the voice of Gus to be at the same time a fine interpretation yet rather grating to listen to hour after hour. Apparently most of the characters in the novel also found the voice grating.
My real problem with the novel was its ending. The long burial journey of the Captain I thought crossed the line towards absurdity. And I don't understand how so many reviewers were not disturbed by the lack of closure for so many primary characters: Lorena, Clara, Newt, July, Dish. I'm not sure if I understood this correctly, but I believe that the disclosure of their fates was saved for an inferior sequel. If so, this was a mistake. A novel of this size should have been self-contained.
One of the best books I've ever read and Lee Horsley did a fantastic job. Overall my favorite audiobook so far.
One tip though is to be sure to download the highest quality files. The lower quality files were distractingly bad for me. Took up a lot of space on my phone but it was well worth it.
This must be one of the best books I have ever listened to. It has everything. Beautifully drawn characters, action, and heart rending suspense. You laugh and cry along with the characters they are so true. The narration is wonderful and you become so attached to the characters that it's difficult to finish the book. I lost sleep over this one as I spent far too much time listening. Be warned there are places that are a bit brutal, but this was the wild west after all. It definitely ranks in my top five audiobooks of all time, and I've listened to many books. Get this one for sure; it's a major deal for only one credit.
I'm over 40 and this is the first western I've ever read/listened to! I easily see why it won the Pulitzer Prize and now am going back to download the rest of the series.
I really hope Lee Horsley won some kind of audiobook prize the year this was recorderd. His portrayal of Gus McCrae is beyond spot on. I enjoyed all the voices he created for the characters. I also wish Mr. Horsley had been chosen to narrate the other books in the series.
So worth the credit!!!
Good story, Great writing, long story somewhat cliched. Gonna have to listen to that again.
Good writing, interesting characters, I enjoyed the characters and the good performance of Lee Horsely.
good voices...fair job.
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
As a rule I don't read westerns, dislike talk of whores and don't tolerate much swearing. But this was so simply and beautifully written, you can understand why it earned a Pulitzer Prize. I loved the complexity of the characters, learned from them and shed a few tears. Ranked the darn book a four because it isn't over... have to read another book to find out what happens... and I can't wait to get started.
This is a wonderful western with humor and Lee Horsley does a excellent job of reading; makes the story and characters come alive.
My first introduction to Losesome Dove was turning on my television set just as a shrieking cowboy bursts from a river with a mass of snakes clinging to his face. Well, I'm not sure how you feel about snakes but I don't like 'em, especially when their fangs are digging in someone's face. So when they ended up shooting the guy I was relieved. I kind of wish they shot me too just to get the image out of my head.
So when I saw the book on Audible and learned the novel have won a Pulitzer prize I was amazed but intrigued. Something kept niggling at me to buy the book. I have no idea why as I don't like Westerns any more than I like snakes but hey, it was on sale, it had won a great prize and I was tired of hearing this little voice nagging at me to buy it.
HOLY COW - I LOVED THIS BOOK! No, "love" is not a sufficient a word. I'm not sure there is a word that's big enough to describe this novel. Brilliantly written, these characters that are so fully fleshed that you're sure they're walking around out there somewhere. Enrapt with the story, I thought my mp3 earbuds were going to become a permanent part of my wardrobe.
A special paragraph has to be devoted to Lee Horsley. I have heard some wonderful readers on Audible but rarely one who could provide such distinct and memorable voices for a large cast of characters. Many of Gus' comments caused me to burst out loud laughing (note: don't listen to this in restaurants or other public places) and that is largely due to Lee Horsley's brilliant characterization. And yet my favorite character in Lonesome Dove was the soft spoken Call - again, well executed by the amazing Mr. Horsley.
In short, even if you don't like Westerns, even if you hate snakes, listen to Lonesome Dove. It earned its Pulitzer Prize and proved great novels don't have to be deadly serious and depressing. If your little voice is telling you to download it, do so. If not, borrow my little voice and download this book. It's an outstanding work brought to life by a remarkable narrator.
I didn't just recommend -- I bought this book for a friend. I didn't want her to miss it!
I listened to it whenever I could... kept making excuses. So, so good. My favorite audiobook I've listened to so far.
Amazing narrative. Fantastic narrator. I could go on, but just download it already!
Fair warning: you will definitely find yourself saying "GOOD GOD, CALL!"
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