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Lonesome Dove Audiobook
Lonesome Dove
Written by: 
Larry McMurtry
Narrated by: 
Lee Horsley
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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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    Bob 05-28-14
    Bob 05-28-14
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    "Excellent book - terrible narration"
    Would you try another book from Larry McMurtry and/or Lee Horsley?

    Larry McMurty - yes. Lee Horsley - no. As others have noted, the narrator decided that the author's observation that Gus speaks in a loud voice meant that he should shout all of Gus's dialogue. This leaves the listener a choice of setting the volume too low to follow the dialogue of the other characters or having Gus's lines painfully loud. This is particularly annoying if you listen through headphones.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A competent narrator or a sound engineer with the good sense to re-balance the volume levels of the characters


    Do you think Lonesome Dove needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, it needs a new production.


    Any additional comments?

    .I'm appalled that Audible's quality control let this terribly flawed production slip through, especially for a Pulitzer prize winner.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sonya 04-30-14
    Sonya 04-30-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Terrible narrator... I couldn't even finish"
    What would have made Lonesome Dove better?

    It needs a totally different narrator. He makes Gus yell instead of just talk.
    I couldn't finish the book and I know it's an awesome book! Sorry Larry McMurtry !


    What didn’t you like about Lee Horsley’s performance?

    He reads too fast and has Gus sounding like he is yelling instead of talking.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis Canyon Lake, TX, United States 04-27-14
    Phyllis Canyon Lake, TX, United States 04-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "great story"
    Where does Lonesome Dove rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    #1


    What did you like best about this story?

    everything. It is the best book I have read and listened to.


    How could the performance have been better?

    the reader was very boring. Sam Elliot would have the perfect voice


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    both


    Any additional comments?

    I will continue to buy McMurtry but sure gonna be hard to top this one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol sonora, CA, United States 04-15-14
    Carol sonora, CA, United States 04-15-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Couldn't listen to this Narrator"
    What disappointed you about Lonesome Dove?

    Narrator


    Has Lonesome Dove turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No I don't know the storry. Never got past the first part.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Scott Brick or Simon Vance as narrator


    What character would you cut from Lonesome Dove?

    NO clue


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew A Janiga 04-09-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Narration"
    What did you love best about Lonesome Dove?

    The narrator did a great job of creating distinct voices for each of the characters, Gus especially.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gus.


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

    That would be pretty hard given the length! However, I've never gotten through such a long book so quickly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Rowayton, CT, United States 04-06-14
    David Rowayton, CT, United States 04-06-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Sorry it's over!"
    Any additional comments?

    Hard to imagine, but after 36 hours of listening, (by far the longest book I've ever heard), I'm sorry it's over. Wonderful characters, fascinating story, great insight into the late 19th century West, and a terrific reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Miller 04-05-14
    Mike Miller 04-05-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Bad Narrator"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Ruined it for me. I listened for an hour and gave up. He reads way to fast. I am not going to listen to 30+ hours of that. Narrators should give a performance. I can speed read the book myself.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Molixam Austin, Texas 04-05-14
    Amanda Molixam Austin, Texas 04-05-14

    Amazon Junkie Extraordinaire

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    "Wonderful adventure! One of my favorite stories!"
    Where does Lonesome Dove rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    #2


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

    Can't say, would lead to BIG spoilers...


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

    The tone of dramatic situations. Many times I've shed a tear because of the way he read the story. Loved it!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Many times I laughed, and several times I've cried. I can't reveal which parts --- SPOILERS!


    Any additional comments?

    A great story. Non-stop entertainment. I couldn't stop listening. This story should not be missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. D Idaho, United States 03-23-14
    Mr. D Idaho, United States 03-23-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Concerns unfounded"
    Any additional comments?

    With as many reviews as this book has received why write another? I had a few concerns before deciding to purchase this book and want to share what I have learned. I haven’t finished this book yet but for this review it isn’t necessary.

    At least one reviewer commented on the narrator yelling the part of Gus. This worried me. If the narrator takes away from the book then I would just as soon read it than listen to it. Lee Horsley read Gus just the way he was written. Gus is written as a loud man. To not use a loud voice would have been a mistake. Now that I am ½ way through the book I have to say that although his voice is elevated, the voice of Gus is not too loud. I wouldn’t want him any other way. All the characters were well done and in accordance with the way the author wrote them. Because of Lee Horsley this is a book that is better when read though the ears rather than the eyes.

    Another concern I had after listening to the sample was the pace at which the narrator was reading. With the sample I felt he was sprinting, barely pausing for a breath. I very nearly didn’t buy this book for that reason. I felt exhausted after listening to the sample. Still there were all those glowing reviews. Could they all be wrong? I decided to go for it. I am glad I did. Although the pace without a breath continued beyond the time of the sample the narrator soon realized that if he didn’t slow down he would not make it to the end. In short order he fell into his rhythm.

    One concern that has turned out to be real is the audio quality. The sound level does vary and at one point there is an annoying hum. For me this doesn’t amount to much of an aggravation. The story and narration is on a level that it is easy to overlook the audio quality problems. It is unfortunate though; this should have never left the studio with these issues. Even now most of the quality issues could be cleaned up without re-recording.

    With a rating of 4.5 stars and approaching 9000 ratings it is hard to go wrong with this audio book. If westerns aren’t normally your genre but occasionally you do enjoy one, which is the case with me, this is a good one to choose. I am enjoying it very much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry United States 03-01-14
    Sherry United States 03-01-14 Member Since 2013

    An over the road truck driver who listens to books constantly to pass the time.

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    "One of the best western stories out there"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Lee Horsley did an amazing job of bringing this story to life


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

    The trials the cowboys endured on the trail north and the deaths along the way


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

    The personalities of the two main characters


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 7 people found this review helpful

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