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Lonesome Dove | [Larry McMurtry]

Lonesome Dove

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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)

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    Jessie Fillmore, CA, United States 06-19-09
    Jessie Fillmore, CA, United States 06-19-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderful Book Adequate Reader Terrible Production"

    First let me state that this is a marvelous book, with an outstanding storyline, and superb character development. While no Will Patton or Frank Muller, Lee Horsley does an adequate job, especially with his impersonation of Gus McCrae. Unfortunately this is the worst production of any book I have purchased from Audible. The gaps between sentences is often annoyingly long, the splices between different "takes" is overtly obvious, the volume varies, and the narrator's voice drifts in and out many times over the course of this narration. Despite these annoying and repeated production errors, the attributes of the book still shines through. If this were a review of the novel, 5 stars would be too few; if this were a review of the production, 1 star would be too many. If you are willing to endure through this production, then by all means purchase this reading. It is a novel of the Old West with two worthwhile and endearing main characters.

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    Chris Blackheath, Australia 05-07-09
    Chris Blackheath, Australia 05-07-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant"

    Loved every minute and didn't want it to end. Lee Horsley's naration was excellent

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    Corrine D W Hagerstown,, MD, USA 05-04-09
    Corrine D W Hagerstown,, MD, USA 05-04-09
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    "Great narrator and great story!"

    I don't usually read westerns, but this is one my favorite books. I can't get enough of the story, and the narrator makes all the difference with the voices for each character.

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    Johnny Odem, TX, USA 05-04-09
    Johnny Odem, TX, USA 05-04-09
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    "Great Book, Awsome Reader!"

    Great book! The reader brings it to life right there in front of you! I have never seen the television production of Lonesome Dove but I look forward to it!

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    Steven Bakersfield, CA, USA 05-02-09
    Steven Bakersfield, CA, USA 05-02-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Just Like the Movie"

    Just Like the Movie
    a Great Listen If You Like Westerns Then I recommend Comanche Moon Then Lonesome Dove...
    Very Long BUT GOOD..

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    Katherine DeKalb, IL, USA 04-24-09
    Katherine DeKalb, IL, USA 04-24-09
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    "Great Book & Great Reader"

    This is an excellent well written book. It was complimented and enhanced by Lee Horsley who read it with the right style. It is one of the best of the best.

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    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 01-17-09
    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 01-17-09 Member Since 2014
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    "My favorite"

    I just love this book. The character development is excellent. It is unusual to hear about a deep friendship between the two older men, in this case Augustus McRae and Captain Coll. Some of the most dramatic moments I have ever read are in this book.

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    Debbie White City, KS, United States 01-01-09
    Debbie White City, KS, United States 01-01-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Excellent!"

    What a fun read! The narrator was excellent...I really enjoyed this book!

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    Michelle Bordentown, NJ, USA 12-22-08
    Michelle Bordentown, NJ, USA 12-22-08
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    "Just Amazing"

    I am not a huge fan of westerns normally but this was simply fantastic. I love dialog driven stroies when done properly and the verbal interaction along with the action sprinkled in from time to time was just perfect. The characters were developed as well as I have ever seen and I couldn't stop listening. I was skeptical of Lee Hoarsley as the narrator but he did a great job.

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    w.a.m. 1964 HZ Heemskerk, Netherlands 12-02-08
    w.a.m. 1964 HZ Heemskerk, Netherlands 12-02-08 Member Since 2006
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    "good story"

    A very good and long story, although I couldn't find the ending fitting with the story. It looked like I just missed a part of it (which I didn't). That's why I only rated it with 3 stars.

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