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 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.
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Triumph of characterization.
Gus is the star of the book.
Toward the end I bawled. I can't say where because of spoilers, but I used almost a half a box of tissue.
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.
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
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.
Yes..... This is a amazing book to start with but the voices reading the book truly bring it to life.
They were all great
The first review I have ever given any book......
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.
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.
No. Once again the Pulitzer choices disappoint me.
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!!!
Yes and no.
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.
"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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