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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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    Christopher Schultz Chapel Hill, NC United States 07-17-15
    Christopher Schultz Chapel Hill, NC United States 07-17-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Exceeded my expectations"

    I have to admit - like a lot of readers I was wondering what I got myself into after struggling through the first couple of chapters. But then the story starts to develop and you are rewarded for sticking with it. This book is a gem. Hands down the best story I've ever read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    joseph 07-12-15
    joseph 07-12-15
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    "great story but poor narrator "

    Lee Horsely did a poor job doing voice for August McCray voice never sounded any emotion too loud.
    Ending could've been better

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    Heidi Timmons Bakersfield, CA 06-30-15
    Heidi Timmons Bakersfield, CA 06-30-15 Member Since 2013

    Writer of Women's Fiction with Romance & Magic Lover of books, horses, español & Starbucks West Virginia Lawyer California Native

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    "Easily Top 5 of Books on Audible"
    If you could sum up Lonesome Dove in three words, what would they be?

    Triumph of characterization.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gus is the star of the book.


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

    Toward the end I bawled. I can't say where because of spoilers, but I used almost a half a box of tissue.


    Any additional comments?

    Wow what a book. After a slow start in the first 2 hours of the 36 hour audiobook, I was completely hooked. I would do chores around the house just to listen. I had no problem with the changing audio like other reviewers. It appears it was recorded at different times but with 36 hours that's understandable. I also enjoyed the narrator's voice for Gus; it became like a big sweet bear's voice to me. This may be the only 36 hour audiobook I have listened to that made me wish it was longer. You don't want to say goodbye to the characters and the life on the range in the "Old West." During the first couple hours I was offended at the terms the characters used to describe other ethnicities, but although not excusable, this was the late 1800s. Also, there were great noble characters in the novel of African-American, Latino, and Native American descent. An underlying theme in the novel was tolerance and admiration in all people. I will treasure my experience with this book for many years, and then I will listen to it again with renewed appreciation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic!"

    Could never stop listening. probably the best performance I have heard in audible yet, the voices really add to the characters . highly recommend this audio book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David C. Little 06-25-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A true western classic"

    Anyone who loves Western novels and the history of the America west in the 1800s will thoroughly enjoy the epic saga of the cowboys from Lonesome Dove.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gwrider 06-16-15
    Gwrider 06-16-15 Listener Since 2002
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    "Simply amazing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes..... This is a amazing book to start with but the voices reading the book truly bring it to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They were all great


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

    Life


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No way..lol


    Any additional comments?

    The first review I have ever given any book......

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KT All Over the US 06-14-15
    KT All Over the US 06-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I Ended Up Loving This"

    The miniseries was excellent (Robert Duvall is THE perfect Gus McCrae!) but the book was so much better and richer in story and character development. As a truck driver, I love listening to books like this because the places in the story come alive. Every week, I pass the exit for Ogalalla NE and wonder if Clara is at home.

    The narrator does an excellent job but the sound quality is pretty terrible. I had to turn the volume way up just to hear most of the story, EXCEPT for Gus. When Gus spoke, it was so loud I'd jump.

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    Brandon 06-05-15
    Brandon 06-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story, bad recording"

    Terrible recording. The voice, volume, and sound quality are all over the place. Great story, though.

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    judy wiley Philadelphia, PA, US 06-01-15
    judy wiley Philadelphia, PA, US 06-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Narration badly flawed"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The character of both Gus and Call. In the end they both chose to honor their commitment to themselves rather than those they loved, or should have really loved. That Call would agree to Gus' dying wish, forsaking his son, and that Gus would make such a request, showed that both of them cared much too much for themselves and in the end, for what? At least the mini-series ending gave them some credibility, but that was the TV ending. I would have Call go back to Newt and Gus be buried at Clara's.


    Would you recommend Lonesome Dove to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Once again the Pulitzer choices disappoint me.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator totally mis-read Gus. All of Gus' dialogue was shouted, making him seem like a deaf old man. Robert Duvall did a much better job in the mini-series. He was superb!!!


    Was Lonesome Dove worth the listening time?

    Yes and no.


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    D. S. Koelling 05-28-15
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    "Splendid behavior"

    My only criticism is during the first half of the book the narrator shouts Gus's dialogue. This results in problems in the sound balance …. and it is a bit wearing on the nerves, too.

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  • Lindsey
    Coleshill, United Kingdom
    12/15/12
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    "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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • chris
    Lincoln, United Kingdom
    5/7/13
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    "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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. REP
    Midlands, UK.
    12/16/12
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline Lawrence
    London, England
    11/23/12
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    9/28/15
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    "audio quality very patchy"

    The narration can vary from chapter to the next, sometimes being clear and loud others muffled and much quieter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ruth dugard
    5/13/16
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    "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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Harry
    3/9/16
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    "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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rupert
    NORWICH, United Kingdom
    5/26/15
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Louise
    LYMINGTON, United Kingdom
    10/25/13
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    "Must be the most boring book in the world ...."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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


    Would you ever listen to anything by Larry McMurtry again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Enormously; horrible.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Don' buy it!

    0 of 10 people found this review helpful

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