Copyright ©1985 by Larry McMurtry, All Rights Reserved; Copyright (P)1992 Dove Audio, Inc.
"Everything about Lonesome Dove feels true....these are real people, and they are still larger than life." (The New York Times Book Review)
Loaded with strong characters and action packed, Lonesome Dove captures your imagination whether you are male or female. Clara is probably the best written strong-willed female that I have ever read. If it needed doing, she did it. As someone that grew up on a ranch, I could taste the dirt and smell the horse sweat as they traveled. This book brought the history of the Goodnight Trail to life in my mind.
I guess like most, Gus was "hands down" my favorite. When they made the movie, Robert Duval captured Gus' essence. He felt everything deeply and had something to say about all the everything. The opposite of Woodrow Call, Gus cherished every minute of his life and lived it to the fullest. I laughed when he laughed and cried when he died.
My favorite scene was probably Laurie and Gus were swimming in the river and Blue Duck came down to water his horse. Gus was ready for him, and the two had a face to face. The scene went from fun and frolic to nerves and fear. In my mind, the scene is so ironic that Gus, sitting in the middle of the river in his worn underwear, stares down the most evil man in the west and becomes the hero at that point.
All of the above. Anger, joy, fear, revotion, fatigue, excitement, and love. McMurtry is truly a gifted story teller.
Lee Horsley's performance was exactly PERFECT for this book. The length of the book may scare some readers (listeners) off, but at the end, you will understand that it could not have been any longer or shorter. Cinch up, gather your reins, and hang on. You are in for the ride of your life!
I listened to this book about fifteen years ago, but could not remember it very well other than that I liked it. I usually don't like romance, which this book is sometimes called, but this is a such a great story with great characters that I could not listen to it fast enough. Very enjoyable.
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.
A competent narrator or a sound engineer with the good sense to re-balance the volume levels of the characters
No, it needs a new production.
.I'm appalled that Audible's quality control let this terribly flawed production slip through, especially for a Pulitzer prize winner.
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 !
He reads too fast and has Gus sounding like he is yelling instead of talking.
everything. It is the best book I have read and listened to.
the reader was very boring. Sam Elliot would have the perfect voice
I will continue to buy McMurtry but sure gonna be hard to top this one
No I don't know the storry. Never got past the first part.
Scott Brick or Simon Vance as narrator
The narrator did a great job of creating distinct voices for each of the characters, Gus especially.
That would be pretty hard given the length! However, I've never gotten through such a long book so quickly.
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.
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.
Amazon Junkie Extraordinaire
Can't say, would lead to BIG spoilers...
The tone of dramatic situations. Many times I've shed a tear because of the way he read the story. Loved it!
Many times I laughed, and several times I've cried. I can't reveal which parts --- SPOILERS!
A great story. Non-stop entertainment. I couldn't stop listening. This story should not be missed.
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