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Lonesome Dove Audiobook

Lonesome Dove

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    mantid 02-05-13
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    "Great Listen"

    You don't need to like westerns to enjoy this book. I read this series awhile ago and I loved the story as a book and enjoyed it just as much listening to it. This is a great story with lots of interesting and memorable characters. The only problem I had with the book is that the production was not as professional as other books. Sometimes the reader would sound like he was close to the mike and other times it sounded like he was far away.

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    Lauren 01-14-13
    Lauren 01-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Lonesome Dove Love"
    What did you love best about Lonesome Dove?

    I just loved the story! There was a great mix of action, adventure and romance.


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    Joe North Las Vegas, NV, United States 12-29-12
    Joe North Las Vegas, NV, United States 12-29-12 Member Since 2003
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    "my favorite"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is my favorite McMurtry book, Very real and a book you can not put down.


    What other book might you compare Lonesome Dove to and why?

    There are no equals, Maybe King's Dream Catchers.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Lorie darling.


    Who was the most memorable character of Lonesome Dove and why?

    Gus of coarse. Gus makes this book a classic, his wisdom and humor are second to none.


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    Sandra Montgomery, AL, United States 12-24-12
    Sandra Montgomery, AL, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The best."
    What did you love best about Lonesome Dove?

    Characters and humor.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favorite.


    What does Lee Horsley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Western dialect and way with words.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't know.


    Any additional comments?

    It is very, very long and I'm not even 1/3 through yet. Sometimes the volume drops a bit but that is the only problem I have had.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve APEX, NC, United States 12-11-12
    Steve APEX, NC, United States 12-11-12
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    "awesome book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lonesome Dove to be better than the print version?

    never read the print edition


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lonesome Dove?

    near then end of the story as Call was looking over the sign Gus had made and saw it was fading away - just like their lives and their times.


    What does Lee Horsley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    color and humor


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    jason 12-09-12
    jason 12-09-12
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    "yeee freakin haw!!!"

    I really enjoyed the story from beginning to end. Clever writing, lovable characters, very good book.

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    Robbie Brighton, TN, United States 11-27-12
    Robbie Brighton, TN, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Lee Horsley is wrong for this book."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Lonesome Dove has been a favorite of mine in book and movie. I was looking forward to listening to this book. Lee Horsley's interpretation of Gus is especially annoying. If I wasn't a new member at audible.com I would return this book.


    What other book might you compare Lonesome Dove to and why?

    All of the "Lonesome Dove" Series if Horsley hasn't performed. The "Last Picture" show series is good to. Catch "Duane's Depressed".


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lee Horsley’s performances?

    No.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    A guy can't read this books without wishing he had the best of Gus and Call's qualities.


    Any additional comments?

    The phone application I put the book on is a winner.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JoAnn 11-26-12
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    "Great Book"

    I enjoyed this book the second time just as much as the first time. Cowboy humor is so down to earth.

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    CJFLA 11-26-12
    CJFLA 11-26-12
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    "Spectacular Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lonesome Dove to be better than the print version?

    What a great, great book. Larry McMurtry is simply an outstanding storyteller. Lee Horsely's performance as the reader on this audiobook should be the standard against which others are judged. This is 56 hours of pure listening joy and entertainment.


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    Si Y 11-20-12
    Si Y 11-20-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic Narration and Entertaining Story!"
    Any additional comments?

    One of the best audiobooks I have listened to so far. Entertaining with amazing narrator. Each character comes to life with their own voice and personality. Even if you have never read a country western book (like me), you will not be disappointed. This is story telling at its best that anyone can appreciate.

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