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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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    Bob San Marcos, TX, United States 05-28-14
    Bob San Marcos, TX, United States 05-28-14 Member Since 2011
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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.

    0 of 1 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.


    0 of 1 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

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Miller 04-05-14
    Mike Miller 04-05-14 Member Since 2012
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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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve LEXINGTON, NC, United States 08-04-13
    Steve LEXINGTON, NC, United States 08-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Could not get into it"
    What disappointed you about Lonesome Dove?

    slow, hard to follow


    Would you ever listen to anything by Larry McMurtry again?

    ??


    Any additional comments?

    have tried to watch the movie, it seemed good just couldn't sit through it, thought the book might capture me...not.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard South Africa 08-02-13
    Richard South Africa 08-02-13 Member Since 2008
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    "So booooring......."
    Would you try another book from Larry McMurtry and/or Lee Horsley?

    No


    What could Larry McMurtry have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Moved along at a better pace.


    What three words best describe Lee Horsley’s voice?

    Slow, boring, rambling


    Any additional comments?

    Reached chapter 17 of 48 and could take no more, the reading also is so loud for some characters and hardly audible for others.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robbie Brighton, TN, United States 11-27-12
    Robbie Brighton, TN, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Lee Horsley is wrong for this book."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Lonesome Dove has been a favorite of mine in book and movie. I was looking forward to listening to this book. Lee Horsley's interpretation of Gus is especially annoying. If I wasn't a new member at audible.com I would return this book.


    What other book might you compare Lonesome Dove to and why?

    All of the "Lonesome Dove" Series if Horsley hasn't performed. The "Last Picture" show series is good to. Catch "Duane's Depressed".


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lee Horsley’s performances?

    No.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    A guy can't read this books without wishing he had the best of Gus and Call's qualities.


    Any additional comments?

    The phone application I put the book on is a winner.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cordell United States 11-18-12
    Cordell United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Porno Book"
    Would you try another book from Larry McMurtry and/or Lee Horsley?

    Starts out good and seems interesting, but then it is about cowboys wetting carrots with hors. Too much gutter.


    What could Larry McMurtry have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not read it


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lee Horsley?

    soneone dispicable


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    dissapointment


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tom West Richland, WA, USA 04-29-09
    Tom West Richland, WA, USA 04-29-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Good Book - Disappointing Reader"

    I have seen the movie, read the book and while I still love the story and the characters, I am disappointed in Lee Horsley as the reader. A great reader brings so much to a great novel and the reader fails to deliver here.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Austin, TX United States 03-20-10
    Julia Austin, TX United States 03-20-10 Listener Since 2005
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    "Pointless, Depressing, Disappointing"

    I really wanted to enjoy this book, and I did like the narrator and the adventures, although the violence was too much for my taste. What disappointed me was the depressing nature of everything. No character learned anything or grew in character or had anything positive happen to them AT ALL. I wasn't looking for a sappy happy ending, but EVERYONE just slogged through the book in misery, and were left in misery at the end. I did like Clara's last angry words to Captain Call, and I agreed with her completely. Call is the most cowardly and selfish character I have encountered in literature and didn't learn anything from his experiences. Although I really liked Gus, I hated Call. I kept hoping for something to tie everything together, some kind of redeeming event, but the book just ended abruptly and awkwardly. The characters were shallow and mostly stereotypical. I don't understand why this book gets high ratings from people.

    4 of 14 people found this review helpful
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