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 grew up in KS but have been gone 30 years. The voices brought me "back home". At times I found the views harsh-When someone died or the prostitution. But through it all it was about the different types of people and the personal struggles of each. The camaraderie of men and the devotion to one another because of the struggles they had been through together. But also the regrets after striving so hard for what one had put so much effort into and had left unattended to. Pretty raw male humanity in the early years of our country is the best I can describe it.
Amazing. Worth every penny. You'll listen to the whole thing, many times.
The humor makes this stand out from every other western.
Buy it. Now. Seriously.
Say something about yourself!
Too bad the story line doesn't match that of Lonesome Dove. All three books should have followed the same story line. And the narrators choice to make Gus yell every time he opens his mouth was horrrible.
My second read of this novel of McMurtry and it was even better the second time. Beautifully written, sweeping and captures the intensity, wilderness, savagery and humanity of the period of the end of the Texas Rangers. Often humorous, characters are fully realized, I will carry them with me from now on.
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.
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