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)
A really great story where so many things happen, you will be dizzy with all of the adventures in these lives. The characters remain real and true to themselves. No cheap tears and great change to the Disney side of life. Life is cheap in the old west and this is accurately represented here. I'm mystified by the criticisim of the narrarators reading. It's spot on for me and sound quality on car and through headphones was quite good.
I love this book and feel it's one of the greatest American novels ever written, perhaps THE "Great American Novel." The mini-series adapted from it is the best TV movie ever produced. It's been a long time since I read it, so I thought I'd try the audiobook.
Unfortunately, the reader blows it with a bizarre interpretation of the book's most interesting and complex character, Augustus McCrae. Early in the book, McMurtry describes McCrae as having a prominent speaking voice that can be heard at long distances. The reader takes this as his cue to screech every line of McCrae's dialogue at the top of his lungs, at twice or greater the volume of that of every other character. For those of us old enough to recall this, it's reminiscent of the old "news for the hearing impaired" routine on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, in which cast member Garrett Morris would holler out the news along with the regular anchorman.
It is a most unsettling performance and makes it impossible to enjoy the audio version of this great book. I toughed it out for a couple of hours and then couldn't take it anymore. A total waste of money for me.
I was sceptical when my boyfriend suggested that I should read Lonesome Dove. I'm not into westerns but figured I would humor him and try it via audible.
WOW - This was the best book I have read in a very long time. I laughed and cried as I listened to the antics of Gus & the rest. The narrator is wonderful, as he is able to give a distinct voice to each of the charactors.
I'm so glad I took the time to listen to Lonesome Dove. I will take my boyfriend's advice again :)
What a gripping, action-packed story!
McMurtry's storytelling ability and skill at writing clear, believable dialogue is second to none.
McMurtry?s chronicles of the simple minds of most men as they desire, need and worship women rings true.
Totally entertained me. Could hardly wait to start my commute so I could hear more. The download format for my Ipod was not up to par [difficult to hear some characters and some were too loud]. Worth it!!!
I delayed getting the book due to it's length,but now am wishing it was longer. Lee Horsley is one of the best narrators! Please tell us he will do more books. Most excellant book.
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.
A competent narrator or a sound engineer with the good sense to re-balance the volume levels of the characters
No, it needs a new production.
.I'm appalled that Audible's quality control let this terribly flawed production slip through, especially for a Pulitzer prize winner.
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 !
He reads too fast and has Gus sounding like he is yelling instead of talking.
No I don't know the storry. Never got past the first part.
Scott Brick or Simon Vance as narrator
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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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