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Lonesome Dove Audiobook

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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    Julie Melbourne, Australia 04-10-13
    Julie Melbourne, Australia 04-10-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Alone on the range"

    You wouldn't think you could get engrossed in something so slow moving as a bunch of cows but the characters of Gus and Captain Call especially were intriguing. The extreme hardship and isolation of the cowhand/ranger/"sporting woman's" life made it so hard for both men and women to communicate in any meaningful way that one's heart just broke wanting them to escape the toungue-tied bonds that kept almost all the characters estranged from one another. No miracles occur, no epiphanies transform selfcontained introverts for the sake of true lurve. They just go on being terribly human and play their lives out and I was so sorry when it ended even after 36 hours.........

    The narration is wonderful.

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    Candi La Grande, OR, United States 04-03-13
    Candi La Grande, OR, United States 04-03-13 Member Since 2016
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    "I really enjoyed this story again!!"

    I really enjoyed listening to this old favorite of mine. Brought back a lot of memories, very well done!

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    Kenneth West Covina, CA, United States 03-17-13
    Kenneth West Covina, CA, United States 03-17-13
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    "Another western love story."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, however not for straight laced uptight listeners.


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

    Riders of the Purple Sage.


    What about Lee Horsley’s performance did you like?

    Consistency


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

    The name is appropriate.


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    Beverly 03-11-13
    Beverly 03-11-13
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    "A Must Listen"
    What did you love best about Lonesome Dove?

    The narrator made the story come alive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best western story.


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

    Gus


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

    I would not rename it.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not want the story to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley 03-06-13
    Ashley 03-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A Wonderful Classic!"

    This is such a great story with amazing character development. I recommend this to anyone who likes an adventure.

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    wishing-u-well 03-04-13
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    "my skeptical husband is now addicted"

    As an avid reader & audiobook listener, I purchased this title for my skeptical husband who has long suffered from a learning disability that prevents him from enjoying the written word. I asked him to give audiobooks a try & with reluctance, he agreed. Now, the Lonesome Dove experience is all he wishes to talk about...over breakfast, lunch, & dinner. So...from my skeptical husband, 2 thumbs up for Lonesome Dove & audiobooks!

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    L. Gallagher Hong Kong 02-25-13
    L. Gallagher Hong Kong 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "An epic tale, not just a Western"
    What did you love best about Lonesome Dove?

    Characterization of Captain Gus McCrae. Lee Horsley did a great job fleshing out characters with different voices despite them all having a broad Southern feel.


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

    Pick a death, any death.


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

    I haven't but he did a great job distinguishing the many voices (well over 20 different ones)


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    Ben Nampa, ID, United States 02-12-13
    Ben Nampa, ID, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2015

    An avid reader of all kinds of books. I love classic science fiction writers like Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov, and Douglas Adams. But I am, in fact, a "leaf on the wind" when it comes down to it.

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    "Like a Roller Coaster"
    What did you like best about this story?

    A seemingly long, slow and tedious beginning, but then its just one crazy dip and turn after another, with a most excellent Narrator. I never knew that a Western could be so much fun.


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    mantid 02-05-13
    mantid 02-05-13
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    "Great Listen"

    You don't need to like westerns to enjoy this book. I read this series awhile ago and I loved the story as a book and enjoyed it just as much listening to it. This is a great story with lots of interesting and memorable characters. The only problem I had with the book is that the production was not as professional as other books. Sometimes the reader would sound like he was close to the mike and other times it sounded like he was far away.

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    Lauren 01-14-13
    Lauren 01-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Lonesome Dove Love"
    What did you love best about Lonesome Dove?

    I just loved the story! There was a great mix of action, adventure and romance.


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