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Lonesome Dove Audiobook

Lonesome Dove

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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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    Andrea F. Ozment New Haven, CT USA 02-03-14
    Andrea F. Ozment New Haven, CT USA 02-03-14 Member Since 2005

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    "I thought I didn't like Westerns..."
    Where does Lonesome Dove rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. I've read the book myself and found that re-reading it via Audible.com deepened the initial fabulous experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Impossible to pick out one element -- this book is full of richly realized characters populating a plot with rewarding side roads, all held together by a master storyteller.


    Which character – as performed by Lee Horsley – was your favorite?

    I love Gus -- who doesn't?


    Who was the most memorable character of Lonesome Dove and why?

    Hmm -- gave that one away. But there are so many wonderful characters, I could make a case for at least a dozen.


    Any additional comments?

    Touching, adventurous, full of historic detail, a book with flawed heroes, totally villainous villains, and strong women -- "Lonesome Dove" grips the reader from the first page and never lets go.

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    Vanessa Los Angeles 02-02-14
    Vanessa Los Angeles 02-02-14 Member Since 2011

    Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. ~Attributed to Groucho Marx

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    "A true story of Friendship and Love"
    Would you listen to Lonesome Dove again? Why?

    I have listened to it again and again, it is such a good read or listen and i fall in love with Call and Gus over and over.


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

    The Virginian- another Cowboy who stands for what is right in his world


    If you could take any character from Lonesome Dove out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    It would be Gus, because he is such a raconteur, it would be a dinner you would never forget.


    Any additional comments?

    If you need a book get this one and you will not be sorry.

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    Kevin EARLVILLE, NY, United States 01-27-14
    Kevin EARLVILLE, NY, United States 01-27-14
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    "Great fun, well written, ultimately heartbreaking"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lonesome Dove to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Truly an elegy, for the west, for native americans, for a certain type of american man that is probably gone, and finally for how the three interacted and brought about each others downfall. The heroes are heroic, and likable, but not always admirable. The balance of the competing narratives wasn't even, but neither were the different narratives hidden.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to say. Jake Spoon's hanging for the moral complexity of their decision. Deets' death for the heartbreak of it. Gus' rescue of Lorena for the heroic-ness. Gus' death for his decision.


    Who was the most memorable character of Lonesome Dove and why?

    Gus of course. Classic character. Call is more difficult to like for his never letting go, but also a better character in the end for it.


    Any additional comments?

    The performance starts slow, with character's voices (especially Gus) changing for the better a little way in. The actor really gets into the roles and is ultimately a major reason for the audio book's success.

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    Amazon Customer MINNEAPOLIS, MN, US 01-20-14
    Amazon Customer MINNEAPOLIS, MN, US 01-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A Scorched-Earth Masterpiece"

    I have never been into John Wayne. I have never seen "Shane." Or "How the West was Won." Or anything with Gary Cooper. It took me so long to finally buckle down and get this book. It had been under the "audible essentials" list for so long, billed as a "not to miss" but I was dubious. But I had just finished listening to "Pillars of the Earth" and wanted to dive right into another epic saga. Still, every time I looked at the title, I would shake my head, "no, I'm not that desperate . . . Yet."

    And the listenng to the preview with the snakes and pigs and water bubbling, I just thought it was going to be one long, dusty, boring story.

    Boy, I was wrong.

    It was funny and sad and sometimes very suspenseful. We fall in love with these characters and you grieve with them. And the bad guys are really bad.

    It is all that you would come to expect from a Western: there is shootin', and cussin', and cardplayin', and drinkin'. There are hot tempers and fisticuffs aplenty. But there are also moments of quiet grace and excellent writing.

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    koopsykoopsy Washington, DC, USA 01-05-14
    koopsykoopsy Washington, DC, USA 01-05-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Tremendous"
    What did you love best about Lonesome Dove?

    The characters are so richly developed and have such unique, odd motivations. Not to mention that it's a picture of American life that seems so different, so removed from our own.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lonesome Dove?

    The blue pigs!


    Have you listened to any of Lee Horsley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Never. He had an amazing voice, gravely and rich as all hell. The audio had some odd shifts in volume, so it didn't sound quite seamless, but Horsley was very impressive.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    There's a bit of you in this book, guaranteed.


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    Bethann McLaren Toronto, Ontario, Canada 12-23-13
    Bethann McLaren Toronto, Ontario, Canada 12-23-13 Member Since 2015

    Farm girl, voracious reader, lover of wine & whiskey.

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    "One of the best books ever written."
    What made the experience of listening to Lonesome Dove the most enjoyable?

    Initially, I hated the narration and was on the verge of either returning the book or just quitting and not bothering. I've read Lonesome Dove before (in the traditional sense of the verb) and loved it, but the experience of listening to it was very different. The accents irked me and initially I thought Lee Horsley was irritatingly melodramatic. But somewhere in the first hour or two, I got hooked and just couldn't stop listening. I still feel like Horsley's a little too melodramatic for my taste, but somehow, it suited this book. The accents were still there, but after a while, I adjusted and they stopped bothering me. Suddenly, I was just enchanted by the story and the voices didn't matter anymore - they were even perhaps charming. It was a similar sensation to what I felt when I was a kid, and had trouble listening to my old Scottish grandfather's heavy brogue accent. Somewhere along the line, I started understanding perfectly what he said and the accent didn't seem so obvious anymore.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I found a Gus a little annoying at first (especially the way Horsley voiced him), but as with Lorena, it didn't take me long to be completely charmed by his personality, spirit and his genuine goodness of character. He seemed so real. Deets also, I utterly feel in love with. A true Jean Valjean-esque character. You'd have to have a heart of stone not to love Deets, and not to find some of his scenes the most moving in the entire book.


    If you could rename Lonesome Dove, what would you call it?

    I sincerely hope no one thinks they have a better name for this masterpiece!


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    amy FT WORTH, TX, United States 11-24-13
    amy FT WORTH, TX, United States 11-24-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Epic Story"
    If you could sum up Lonesome Dove in three words, what would they be?

    A realistic, sometimes dark, sometimes uplifting story. As always McMurtry writes a great story that is impossible to put down.


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    Brian Bishop Washington, DC 11-18-13
    Brian Bishop Washington, DC 11-18-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story and Performance - Mediocre Recording"
    Which character – as performed by Lee Horsley – was your favorite?

    Gus - no question. He really comes to life.


    Was Lonesome Dove worth the listening time?

    Absolutely. I looked forward to spending a little time in Lonesome Dove every day.


    Any additional comments?

    This has some great and not-so-subtle insights into how men and women think, and I see why it won so many awards. Lee Horsely does a wonderful job with the various characters, especially the distinctive drawl of Gus. Unfortunately this recording is extremely uneven, at times the EQ was so bad I had to turn up the volume very high to be able to make out all the words. Then it would hit a patch that was fine, and I could turn the volume back to normal. I think this was originally distributed on cassette tapes, and it almost sounds like it was made from a relatively good but uneven recording of cassettes.

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    ldub 11-15-13
    ldub 11-15-13

    Timeless Houri

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    "A great recording of one of the greats"
    What made the experience of listening to Lonesome Dove the most enjoyable?

    I was more than pleasantly surprised by Lee Horsley's narration. "Lonesome Dove" could have been a tough book to narrate - long with many diverse characters. But Mr. Horsely's natural Texas accent is perfectly suited to this sprawling story. Beautifully done!


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    Linda Burkett 11-13-13 Member Since 2009
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    "I loved this book."

    A moving story, it gives you so much insight into the history of the US West. It made me feel like I even started to understand Texas. I didn't want it to end.

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