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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)

What Members Say

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    G. Ladner Succasunna, NJ United States 01-27-15
    G. Ladner Succasunna, NJ United States 01-27-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Best western ever"

    I did not want it to end. Kept me riveted on many long drives. Have to go watch the old mini series now.

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    Karen 01-22-15
    Karen 01-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Epic"
    What did you love best about Lonesome Dove?

    I loved the unforgettable characters of this story.


    What did you like best about 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.


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

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Mcintosh 01-13-15
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    "Wonderful"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    love3 01-06-15
    love3 01-06-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Lonesome dove"

    I read this book for a book club. I loved the characters but I wish it hadn't all been so sad at the end. It is also very long.

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    Stephen T. Coomes Louisville, Ky. 01-03-15
    Stephen T. Coomes Louisville, Ky. 01-03-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Superb in every respect"

    Lonesome Dove is a long book to listen to, but it's worth the entire ride, all puns intended. You won't regret listening to this book. It is superbly written and magnificently narrated.

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    Matt DeMassino 12-17-14
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    "Heck of a read"
    If you could sum up Lonesome Dove in three words, what would they be?

    Wooo ohhh weeeeeee


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gus...duh


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

    Voices man, voices


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

    Gus..what a guy


    Any additional comments?

    So nice I'd read it trice and can't wait to read em all

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen E Esquivel 12-04-14
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    "Love it."
    Would you listen to Lonesome Dove again? Why?

    I'm not one to listen to a book more than once, but this one I could listen to over and over.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann 10-20-14
    Ann 10-20-14 Member Since 2016
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    "GET THIS AUDIOBOOK! It's a timeless favorite!"

    I just listened to this audiobook again, and loved every minute of it! A timeless story with fabulous narration makes this audiobook a classic. If you love a gripping tale, get this audiobook!

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    Jhirst Central California 10-13-14
    Jhirst Central California 10-13-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Wonderful story, great characters"
    Would you listen to Lonesome Dove again? Why?

    This is my first time listening to Lonesome Dove but I have read it a couple of times before. I saw the mini series first and when you read the story, you can imagine Robert Duval or Tommy Lee Jones reading to you, but unfortunately, when you listen to the story, you hear just the narrator. Listening to Lee Horsley, he always just sounds tired and worn out and breathless. I mean, he's okay but many people were raving about his narration and I didn't think it was that exceptional.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a great read. I'm not a Western fan and still love it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Titus 09-29-14
    Peter Titus 09-29-14
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    "Wonderful story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I truly enjoyed this book. I'm not a big fan of Westerns, in fact this is the first one I've ever read. It was recommended to me so I gave it a try. The story is excellent and very engaging. I really enjoyed how the reader used different voices for all of the characters... it brought the book to life, almost like I was listening to a play. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a great story with interesting and well developed characters.


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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
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    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 9 people found this review helpful

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