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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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    Timothy 06-30-07
    Timothy 06-30-07
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    "Lonesome Dove"

    As with most people living out west such as I do (Wyoming), you've probably watched the movie at least 10 times. Take my word for it if you like westerns (Oaters' as they call 'em), you will love this book. The narrator did not do Gus' part very well but the rest was very good. It is to bad they couldn't make the movie 36 hours long! Do not let the time on this book daunt you in any way, because once you start listening you will not want to shut it off.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael malakoff, TX, USA 05-02-07
    Michael malakoff, TX, USA 05-02-07
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    "couldnt be better"

    McMurtry hit the head right on the nail with this book. Very good book and well read.

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    Scott woodbury, MN, United States 11-21-06
    Scott woodbury, MN, United States 11-21-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Well, I Swear"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Albuquerque, NM, USA 05-09-06
    Steven Albuquerque, NM, USA 05-09-06
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    "Unlistenable"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Katy, TX, USA 02-12-06
    Carol Katy, TX, USA 02-12-06 Member Since 2011
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    "my boyfriend was right"

    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 :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce San Francisco, CA, USA 01-11-05
    Bruce San Francisco, CA, USA 01-11-05 Member Since 2014
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    "Lonesome Dove"

    WOW!
    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.

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    Charles McNeal 05-14-04 Member Since 2014
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    "great story"

    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!!!

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    V. Lawson 10-13-03
    V. Lawson 10-13-03

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    "Lonesome Dove"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Olympia, Wa 09-08-14
    Jamie Olympia, Wa 09-08-14 Member Since 2013

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    "A great story so poorly read I could not listen"
    What would have made Lonesome Dove better?

    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.


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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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