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Sin Killer: Volume 1 of The Berrybender Narratives | [Larry McMurtry]

Sin Killer: Volume 1 of The Berrybender Narratives

Against the immense backdrop of the American West, Larry McMurtry tracks the Berrybender's as they make their way up the great river, surviving attacks, discomfort, savage weather, and natural disaster. Sin Killer is an adventure story as big as the West itself, full of incident, and suspense, as well as a charming love story between a headstrong and aristocratic young Englishwoman and the stubborn, shy, and very American Jim Snow.
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Publisher's Summary

It is 1830, and the Berrybender family - rich, aristocratic, English, and fiercely out of place - is on its way up the Missouri River to see the American West as it begins to open up.

Lord and Lady Berrybender have abandoned their palatial home in England to explore the frontier and to broaden the horizons of their children, who include Tasmin, a budding young woman of grit, beauty, and determination, her vivacious and difficult sister, and her brother.

As they journey by rough stages up the Missouri River, they meet with all the dangers, difficulties, temptations, and awesome natural scenery of the untamed West.

At the very core of the story is Tasmin's fast-developing relationship with Jim Snow, frontiersman, ferocious Indian fighter, and part-time preacher. Known up and down the Missouri as "the Sin Killer," he's the handsome, silent Westerner who eventually captures her heart.

Against the immense backdrop of the American West, Larry McMurtry tracks this engaging family as they make their way up the great river, surviving attacks, discomfort, savage weather, and natural disaster. Sin Killer is an adventure story full of incident, and suspense, as well as a charming love story between a headstrong and aristocratic young Englishwoman and the stubborn, shy, and very American Jim Snow. As big as the West itself, this is the kind of story that only Larry McMurtry can write.

Listen to the other books in Larry McMurtry's Berrybender saga.

©2002 Larry McMurty. All rights reserved.; (P)2002 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved. AUDIOWORDS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"The Great Western Novel is alive and well, thanks in no small part to McMurtry." (Booklist)

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    Emmanuel 07-29-15
    Emmanuel 07-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Superb storytelling, pure Gold !! Loved it !!!!!"

    Superb storytelling and narration. Characters so alive them jump out of the pages. I read all 4 books of the berrybender narratives 3 years ago but these audiobooks are hard to resist. Alfred Molina is amazing and Larry Mcmurtry in a literary genius. Cannot wait to start book 2. Cheers !!!!!

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    Jeffrey 07-15-15
    Jeffrey 07-15-15
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    "great"

    A terrific story written by a brilliant writer and , performed well. I am eager to continue with the series.

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    Julie Range 01-03-15
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    "Enjoyed Sin Killer"

    I'm very anxious to find out what happens next. These stories and other books by Larry McMurtry are so addicting.

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    Emily Bozeman, MT, United States 07-27-14
    Emily Bozeman, MT, United States 07-27-14
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    "such a disappointment"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Big McMurtry fans I suppose


    Has Sin Killer turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no, but won't listen to others in the series.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I've loved Molina reading The Iliad and Treasure Island... this was flat and uninteresting. Hugely disappointing


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    not to me.. I stopped listening after about 1 hour


    Any additional comments?

    Did not enjoy any of the characters, or the storyline.

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    James A Dornan 05-31-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Not Lonesome Dove."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The Lonesome Dove series are among my favorite books ever, and I was looking for something else from McMurtry hoping that it would capture me the same way that series had. Sadly, I could only make it halfway through this book before giving up. I guess I'm not a romantic, because as fantastic as McMurtry is at spinning tales and making compelling characters in a western setting, I found the "romantic" interchanges between Tasmin and Jim to be tedious and annoying. And as much as no characters could ever be as likable as Captains Call & McRae, there was simply *nobody* in this book I took the faintest liking to. If there can be six Fast & Furious movies, can't we have at least 10 Lonesome Doves?!?: )


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    bookouri 09-20-12
    bookouri 09-20-12
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    "Wild West "Candide" or "Wild Thornberrys" parody?"
    What disappointed you about Sin Killer?

    I could never tell if the author was actually going for a parody or just writing for a juvenile audience.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Larry McMurtry again?

    I don't think so.


    What about Alfred Molina’s performance did you like?

    Fine performance.


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    Renee Decatur, GA, United States 05-07-12
    Renee Decatur, GA, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Women curiously outspoken"

    Has a lot of classic McMurtry western hallmarks, such as brute honesty in situations and honest sexual situations. However none of the characters are endearing unlike the Lonesome Dove series. Don't expect to be rooting for anyone. Based on that I'm not sure I'll continue with this series.

    The women are curiously outspoken, perhaps because of their regal upbringing.

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    Claire east bentleigh, Australia 02-26-11
    Claire east bentleigh, Australia 02-26-11
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    "POMS GO WEST!"

    I loved the Berrybenders. A big rowdy quite eccentric family wandering around the west. I particularly loved Lord Berrybender and the reader did a wonderful accent. I laughed out loud at his obnoxious attitude, but people must realise that is how the English upper class did really think about their servants. It is a great laugh now, but it wouldnt have been much fun. He was a wonderful character. After all of the adventures, they probably should have stayed home in their castle. Worth a listen!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gary West Columbia, SC, United States 11-02-09
    Gary West Columbia, SC, United States 11-02-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Very disappointed"

    I loved the reading and text of Lonesome Dove. I thought this would be comparable. The reader, Alfred Molina reads like he has his nose up in the air. He's a real drag in maintaining any interest in the book. I just couldn't get past the first 20 minutes and gave up on the Berrybenders. You'll be disappointed if you buy this book from AudioBooks.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Long Beach, MS, USA 02-16-05
    Brian Long Beach, MS, USA 02-16-05 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Book"

    I have read all four in the series and this is the best of the four.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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