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.
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"The Great Western Novel is alive and well, thanks in no small part to McMurtry." (Booklist)
A good narrator can make a mediocre book come alive. I love having a story read to me - it's a wonderful escape.
This is the second time I have listened to this story and I still find it wonderful. Nobody writes American West tales like Larry McMurray. This one weaves British visitors in and becomes tragic and wonderful at the same time. Alfred Molina is absolutely terrific at narrating. I had forgotten how good he is at making an absorbing production of the story. can't wait to listen to the rest of the trilogy.
I laughed out loud at these aristocratic "fish out of water" Brits taking on the Wild West. It's not precisely a comic novel, yet it's wry and fun, even as crises and disasters strike this ill-conceived expedition. An excellent reading enhanced the enjoyable story.
I was very disappointed with this book, overall. It did have some good moments, but by in large it was a disappointment. The Berrybender family is very unlikeable. I enjoyed the indians in the book, and their should have been more about Jim Snow.
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 !!!!!
Big McMurtry fans I suppose
no, but won't listen to others in the series.
I've loved Molina reading The Iliad and Treasure Island... this was flat and uninteresting. Hugely disappointing
not to me.. I stopped listening after about 1 hour
Did not enjoy any of the characters, or the storyline.
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?!?: )
I could never tell if the author was actually going for a parody or just writing for a juvenile audience.
I don't think so.
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