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 was really looking forward to listening to this book, I absolutely love the miniseries and the book when I read it years ago. But the reader was so dismal and flat I actually couldn't listen.
I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible
Everyone knows this series I'm sure. I remember watching it as a 10 yr old and i was hooked. This book takes me back and i love reading about Gus and whats next.Two TX Rangers and friends for life and now old and living out their last years as cattle herders. Gus and Call want to be the first to settle in Montana with the largest cow and horse herds. This is a book that will make you laugh and cry!!! Go along a ride with Augustus 'Gus' McCrae and Woodrow F. Call-two cowboys that only know one way!!! THE TEXAS RANGER WAY...
I love reading and listening to great books. My favorite authors include Pat Conroy, Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Orson Scott Card.
This is my favorite western novel and my favorite western on the little screen as well. McMurtry outdid himself with this amazing tale that has you laughing, crying and on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. Should have a six star rating.
Augustus because I admire his gusto and enjoyment of life and he acts quickly in all situations doing things I hope that I would do as well.
Wonderful voice characterizations!
Already been done and it cannot be topped.
Loaded with strong characters and action packed, Lonesome Dove captures your imagination whether you are male or female. Clara is probably the best written strong-willed female that I have ever read. If it needed doing, she did it. As someone that grew up on a ranch, I could taste the dirt and smell the horse sweat as they traveled. This book brought the history of the Goodnight Trail to life in my mind.
I guess like most, Gus was "hands down" my favorite. When they made the movie, Robert Duval captured Gus' essence. He felt everything deeply and had something to say about all the everything. The opposite of Woodrow Call, Gus cherished every minute of his life and lived it to the fullest. I laughed when he laughed and cried when he died.
My favorite scene was probably Laurie and Gus were swimming in the river and Blue Duck came down to water his horse. Gus was ready for him, and the two had a face to face. The scene went from fun and frolic to nerves and fear. In my mind, the scene is so ironic that Gus, sitting in the middle of the river in his worn underwear, stares down the most evil man in the west and becomes the hero at that point.
All of the above. Anger, joy, fear, revotion, fatigue, excitement, and love. McMurtry is truly a gifted story teller.
Lee Horsley's performance was exactly PERFECT for this book. The length of the book may scare some readers (listeners) off, but at the end, you will understand that it could not have been any longer or shorter. Cinch up, gather your reins, and hang on. You are in for the ride of your life!
I listened to this book about fifteen years ago, but could not remember it very well other than that I liked it. I usually don't like romance, which this book is sometimes called, but this is a such a great story with great characters that I could not listen to it fast enough. Very enjoyable.
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.
everything. It is the best book I have read and listened to.
the reader was very boring. Sam Elliot would have the perfect voice
I will continue to buy McMurtry but sure gonna be hard to top this one
No I don't know the storry. Never got past the first part.
Scott Brick or Simon Vance as narrator
The narrator did a great job of creating distinct voices for each of the characters, Gus especially.
That would be pretty hard given the length! However, I've never gotten through such a long book so quickly.
"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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