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Lonesome Dove Audiobook

Lonesome Dove

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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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    Matthew A Janiga 04-09-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Narration"
    What did you love best about Lonesome Dove?

    The narrator did a great job of creating distinct voices for each of the characters, Gus especially.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gus.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    That would be pretty hard given the length! However, I've never gotten through such a long book so quickly.


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    David Rowayton, CT, United States 04-06-14
    David Rowayton, CT, United States 04-06-14 Member Since 2009
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    Hard to imagine, but after 36 hours of listening, (by far the longest book I've ever heard), I'm sorry it's over. Wonderful characters, fascinating story, great insight into the late 19th century West, and a terrific reader.

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    Mike Miller 04-05-14
    Mike Miller 04-05-14 Member Since 2015
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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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Molixam Austin, Texas 04-05-14
    Amanda Molixam Austin, Texas 04-05-14 Member Since 2016

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    "Wonderful adventure! One of my favorite stories!"
    Where does Lonesome Dove rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    #2


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

    Can't say, would lead to BIG spoilers...


    What does Lee Horsley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The tone of dramatic situations. Many times I've shed a tear because of the way he read the story. Loved it!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Many times I laughed, and several times I've cried. I can't reveal which parts --- SPOILERS!


    Any additional comments?

    A great story. Non-stop entertainment. I couldn't stop listening. This story should not be missed.

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    Mr. D Idaho, United States 03-23-14
    Mr. D Idaho, United States 03-23-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Concerns unfounded"
    Any additional comments?

    With as many reviews as this book has received why write another? I had a few concerns before deciding to purchase this book and want to share what I have learned. I haven’t finished this book yet but for this review it isn’t necessary.

    At least one reviewer commented on the narrator yelling the part of Gus. This worried me. If the narrator takes away from the book then I would just as soon read it than listen to it. Lee Horsley read Gus just the way he was written. Gus is written as a loud man. To not use a loud voice would have been a mistake. Now that I am ½ way through the book I have to say that although his voice is elevated, the voice of Gus is not too loud. I wouldn’t want him any other way. All the characters were well done and in accordance with the way the author wrote them. Because of Lee Horsley this is a book that is better when read though the ears rather than the eyes.

    Another concern I had after listening to the sample was the pace at which the narrator was reading. With the sample I felt he was sprinting, barely pausing for a breath. I very nearly didn’t buy this book for that reason. I felt exhausted after listening to the sample. Still there were all those glowing reviews. Could they all be wrong? I decided to go for it. I am glad I did. Although the pace without a breath continued beyond the time of the sample the narrator soon realized that if he didn’t slow down he would not make it to the end. In short order he fell into his rhythm.

    One concern that has turned out to be real is the audio quality. The sound level does vary and at one point there is an annoying hum. For me this doesn’t amount to much of an aggravation. The story and narration is on a level that it is easy to overlook the audio quality problems. It is unfortunate though; this should have never left the studio with these issues. Even now most of the quality issues could be cleaned up without re-recording.

    With a rating of 4.5 stars and approaching 9000 ratings it is hard to go wrong with this audio book. If westerns aren’t normally your genre but occasionally you do enjoy one, which is the case with me, this is a good one to choose. I am enjoying it very much.


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    Sherry United States 03-01-14
    Sherry United States 03-01-14 Member Since 2013

    An over the road truck driver who listens to books constantly to pass the time.

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    "One of the best western stories out there"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Lee Horsley did an amazing job of bringing this story to life


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

    The trials the cowboys endured on the trail north and the deaths along the way


    What does Lee Horsley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The personalities of the two main characters


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    Manuel Lafayette, LA, United States 02-26-14
    Manuel Lafayette, LA, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Surprisingly, the best audiobook I ever heard"
    Where does Lonesome Dove rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top of the list.


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

    So many to choose from, but I suppose Gus's rescue of Lorena. No hesitation, just a man doing what needed to be done.


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

    Gus.


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

    Also Gus. Humorous, profound, brave, tender as the situation warrants.


    Any additional comments?

    I have never read a Western before but had heard how good this book was. The story is compelling and the narration was spot on.

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    harper New York, NY, United States 02-13-14
    harper New York, NY, United States 02-13-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Before Deadwood there was Lonesome Dove"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I was very surprised at the amount of violence and moral darkness the characters encountered. I guess I was expecting a Hallmark drama but this was so much more satisfying. I had memories of the TV movie from when I was young, but I love westerns so gave this a try. After finishing the book, I went back to watch it and Duvall and Jones are just smackdown perfect, Duvall in particular. His Augustus is effing amazing. Horsely get's Augustus down pretty well too and brings a deep respect and full voice to the characters. This is a great story, a great Western, and well read.


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    Annabelle Coomba Bay, Australia 02-09-14
    Annabelle Coomba Bay, Australia 02-09-14 Member Since 2016

    I'm a retired woman living in a coastal rural area on the mid-north coast of NSW. There's a lot of work to do around the property and listening to a good book while doing it is just 'the best'.

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    "Very glad I bought it"
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    A western would normally be the last type of book I would choose but I was looking for a long listen and had heard people speak positively of the TV series which I have not seen. It is a treasure. The characters are wonderful and so well-drawn and McMurtry's descriptions were at times stunning.The story loped along like a comfortable old horse and I loved every minute.

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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

    erstwhile editor

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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