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)
Larry McMurty - yes. Lee Horsley - no. As others have noted, the narrator decided that the author's observation that Gus speaks in a loud voice meant that he should shout all of Gus's dialogue. This leaves the listener a choice of setting the volume too low to follow the dialogue of the other characters or having Gus's lines painfully loud. This is particularly annoying if you listen through headphones.
A competent narrator or a sound engineer with the good sense to re-balance the volume levels of the characters
No, it needs a new production.
.I'm appalled that Audible's quality control let this terribly flawed production slip through, especially for a Pulitzer prize winner.
It needs a totally different narrator. He makes Gus yell instead of just talk.
I couldn't finish the book and I know it's an awesome book! Sorry Larry McMurtry !
He reads too fast and has Gus sounding like he is yelling instead of talking.
everything. It is the best book I have read and listened to.
the reader was very boring. Sam Elliot would have the perfect voice
I will continue to buy McMurtry but sure gonna be hard to top this one
No I don't know the storry. Never got past the first part.
Scott Brick or Simon Vance as narrator
The narrator did a great job of creating distinct voices for each of the characters, Gus especially.
That would be pretty hard given the length! However, I've never gotten through such a long book so quickly.
Hard to imagine, but after 36 hours of listening, (by far the longest book I've ever heard), I'm sorry it's over. Wonderful characters, fascinating story, great insight into the late 19th century West, and a terrific reader.
Ruined it for me. I listened for an hour and gave up. He reads way to fast. I am not going to listen to 30+ hours of that. Narrators should give a performance. I can speed read the book myself.
Amazon Junkie Extraordinaire
Can't say, would lead to BIG spoilers...
The tone of dramatic situations. Many times I've shed a tear because of the way he read the story. Loved it!
Many times I laughed, and several times I've cried. I can't reveal which parts --- SPOILERS!
A great story. Non-stop entertainment. I couldn't stop listening. This story should not be missed.
With as many reviews as this book has received why write another? I had a few concerns before deciding to purchase this book and want to share what I have learned. I haven’t finished this book yet but for this review it isn’t necessary.
At least one reviewer commented on the narrator yelling the part of Gus. This worried me. If the narrator takes away from the book then I would just as soon read it than listen to it. Lee Horsley read Gus just the way he was written. Gus is written as a loud man. To not use a loud voice would have been a mistake. Now that I am ½ way through the book I have to say that although his voice is elevated, the voice of Gus is not too loud. I wouldn’t want him any other way. All the characters were well done and in accordance with the way the author wrote them. Because of Lee Horsley this is a book that is better when read though the ears rather than the eyes.
Another concern I had after listening to the sample was the pace at which the narrator was reading. With the sample I felt he was sprinting, barely pausing for a breath. I very nearly didn’t buy this book for that reason. I felt exhausted after listening to the sample. Still there were all those glowing reviews. Could they all be wrong? I decided to go for it. I am glad I did. Although the pace without a breath continued beyond the time of the sample the narrator soon realized that if he didn’t slow down he would not make it to the end. In short order he fell into his rhythm.
One concern that has turned out to be real is the audio quality. The sound level does vary and at one point there is an annoying hum. For me this doesn’t amount to much of an aggravation. The story and narration is on a level that it is easy to overlook the audio quality problems. It is unfortunate though; this should have never left the studio with these issues. Even now most of the quality issues could be cleaned up without re-recording.
With a rating of 4.5 stars and approaching 9000 ratings it is hard to go wrong with this audio book. If westerns aren’t normally your genre but occasionally you do enjoy one, which is the case with me, this is a good one to choose. I am enjoying it very much.
An over the road truck driver who listens to books constantly to pass the time.
Lee Horsley did an amazing job of bringing this story to life
The trials the cowboys endured on the trail north and the deaths along the way
The personalities of the two main 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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