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Streets of Laredo | [Larry McMurtry]

Streets of Laredo

The final book of Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove tetralogy is an exhilarating tale of legend and heroism. Captain Woodrow Call, August McCrae's old partner, is now a bounty hunter hired to track down a brutal young Mexican bandit. Riding with Call are an Eastern city slicker, a witless deputy, and one of the last members of the Hat Creek outfit, Pea Eye Parker, now married to Lorena -- once Gus McCrae's sweetheart. This long chase leads them across the last wild streches of the West....
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Publisher's Summary

The final book of Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove tetralogy is an exhilarating tale of legend and heroism. Captain Woodrow Call, August McCrae's old partner, is now a bounty hunter hired to track down a brutal young Mexican bandit. Riding with Call are an Eastern city slicker, a witless deputy, and one of the last members of the Hat Creek outfit, Pea Eye Parker, now married to Lorena - once Gus McCrae's sweetheart. This long chase leads them across the last wild streches of the West into a hellhole known as Crow Town and, finally, into the vast, relentless plains of the Texas frontier.

©2010 Larry McMurty (P)2010 Simon and Schuster Audio

What the Critics Say

"Streets of Laredo is a splendid addition to the literary portrait of McMurtry's native Texas and the West that he has been creating for three decades. It's also one of his most affectingly melancholy books.... The characters are as finely etched as any McMurtry has ever minted." (Newsweek)

"One of McMurtry's most powerful and moving achievements." (Los Angeles Times)

"A marvelous novel in its own right and in every way a worthy successor to Lonesome Dove." (Chicago Tribune)

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    Pamela Pequeno ROOSEVELT ISLAND, NY, United States 06-21-11
    Pamela Pequeno ROOSEVELT ISLAND, NY, United States 06-21-11 Member Since 2003

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    "Torturous listening"

    Could he read any slower?? I am a big Larry McMurtry fan but after trying to listen for a few hours I had to delete this book because, aside from the story going nowhere, the reader was driving me crazy. I even increased the speed on my iPod but it didn't help. At the risk of sounding mean, I will avoid any other books narrated by this reader.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jaime NORTH BRANCH, MN, United States 10-01-12
    Jaime NORTH BRANCH, MN, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A guy responds"

    I loved Lonesome Dove. This is not nearly as good.
    The reader is almost as good as Lonesome dove. I liked him.
    Seemed like some characters that got killed in LD were reinevented as new characters here.
    The plot was slow.
    A good enough listen, but not LD. I won't read anymore in the series at this point.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Alpine, TX, USA 09-06-12
    Keith Alpine, TX, USA 09-06-12 Member Since 2003
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    "An noy ing nar rat orrr"
    Would you try another book from Larry McMurtry and/or Daniel Von Bargen?

    Will never touch a book read by this narrator. most annoying and unnatural cadence. Mispronunciations throughout and awful attempt at accents.


    Would you recommend Streets of Laredo to your friends? Why or why not?

    Nope. Narration is too distracting.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Daniel Von Bargen?

    Anyone but.


    Was Streets of Laredo worth the listening time?

    No


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James David Wages 09-18-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyed"

    I have always been a McMurtry fan ever since I watched Lonesome Dove. I just never got the chance till now to listen to this book. Really enjoyed it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carlos Brunswick, ME, United States 11-11-13
    Carlos Brunswick, ME, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good closure for fans of the series."
    What did you love best about Streets of Laredo?

    I loved hearing more about the classic characters in this series. The Captain is my favorite.
    But there was actually very little action within the town or literal streets of Laredo.; if you care… It should have been called, Crow Town.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I had some closure after reading most of the other books. Fans deserve closure. It's just not exactly what I expected.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No. I rarely speed the audio up but found myself annoyed with the narrator's pace and poor accents. Why so many pauses?
    "he was walking a, long."
    and "His name was Famous, Shoes."If this was the first book in the series I had picked up, I'd probably not have finished listening. But I wanted to know what happened to everyone.


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

    I wish McMurtry didn't kill his characters off so readily or without a good explanation. If they must die, at least save it for the story and don't just eliminate them between books.
    McMurtry built up Newt so much in Lonesome Dove, but he's suddenly gone like he was irrelevant.
    Many of those older characters would have fit in perfectly in this book for instance, instead of creating new people with similar traits but different names.
    And what happens to Clara is out of the blue. She's there, then she's stomped to death. No need! It's frustrating at times.


    Any additional comments?

    I would only recommend you get this book, if you're already hooked on the Lonesome Dove series. There is too much referential backstory involved to stand on its own.
    Others say this isn't like Lonesome Dove, but it's not supposed to be. It's an intriguing continuation of the overall saga, and offers just as much hope and heartache as the other books in the series.
    I just wish Audible kept the same narrator throughout for character voice consistency.
    As for the author, he sure loves to kill off his best characters for seemingly no reason other than to remove them from the story. That part sucks a lot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Midwest Reader United States 11-03-13
    Midwest Reader United States 11-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "what a disappointment..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea. Not fans of LONESOME DOVE, I can tell you that...


    Would you ever listen to anything by Larry McMurtry again?

    Maybe. LONESOME DOVE was very good, so he's definitely capable of good writing. Maybe I'll be luckier next time (though it definitely WON'T be a western, I can tell you that...)


    Which character – as performed by Daniel Von Bargen – was your favorite?

    No particular character -- I just thought he did a decent job overall (though his halting pronunciation of "Famous Shoes" does seem a little odd...). He is a wonderful character actor and has that great character actor voice...given more colorful phraseology like that in TRUE GRIT, I think he would definitely do the material justice. But here he was bound by the bland and uninteresting writing of McMurtry. The dialogue was weak, and the exposition dull and lacking any real detail. I don't recall that he even bothered to describe any of the characters aside from general size (Brookshire was fat, Call was small, etc.) or gender (Lorena is pretty). Kinda hard to picture someone if you don't know what they look like...I guess you're supposed to rely on your memory of the LONESOME DOVE miniseries? Anyway, I can't imagine any narrator making this material interesting. I hope Mr. Von Bargen gives audio books another go someday and finds a novel that is up to his talents.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Streets of Laredo?

    So many scenes are utterly superfluous to the main plot -- like anything to do with Judge Roy Bean or John Wesley Hardin or Charlie Loving, none of whom actually do much and only serve as famous cameos. The entire Doobie Plunkert subplot. Any time he brought up characters from LONESOME DOVE, as it was invariably to take a dump on our memory of them and make sure we knew there were no happy endings. Any scene dealing with evil incarnate Joey Garza or his saintly mother Maria. Come to think of it, I could've done without the whole story. In the future, I'll treat this book like ALIEN 3...it never happened. I prefer to think that the Hat Creek operation is still going on up there in Montana, Dish is still intent on wooing Lorena, and Newt may yet get his father to acknowledge him...


    Any additional comments?

    Late in the book, Ned Brookshire despairs about his trip into the wilderness with Woodrow Call -- "he had taken them from somewhere to nowhere, and accomplished nothing..." That's actually a pretty good summary of this book. There are no real heroes in this book, only villains and victims. Writers have been "demythologizing" the American West for so long now that it's just tiresome. Unfortunately this is just more of the same.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Dothan, AL, United States 01-15-12
    Frank Dothan, AL, United States 01-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Lonesome Dove Completed"
    If you could sum up Streets of Laredo in three words, what would they be?

    Completed Lonesome Dove.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Streets of Laredo?

    All the bandits were taken care of.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Pea Eye Parker shooting Joey Gaza.


    If you could rename Streets of Laredo, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename it.


    Any additional comments?

    These four books have told quite a story & I really hate to see them end.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-06-11
    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-06-11 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".

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    "Loved it....didn't want the story to end!"

    I loved all the books in the Lonesome Dove series. Was originally sold on the series when I watched the mini series starring two of my all time favorites, Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall. This motivated me to download all 4 books in this series and I loved all four and loved three of the four DVD's I subsequently purchased. Because I loved the audio book Streets of Laredo as much as the other three in the series, I ordered the DVD Streets of Laredo(the only DVD I had not yet seen). Unfortunately, James Garner just didn't do it for me. No way could he "hold a candle" to Tommy Lee Jones. But I highly recommend this audio book: great story and narration....wonderful value!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Bronston, KY, United States 02-06-11
    Timothy Bronston, KY, United States 02-06-11
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    "McMurtry The Emotion Killer"

    Although I like McMurtry's books, this one just seemed to take the cake when I finished it tonight. It seems to me that Larry loves to introduce his characters into his stories, gets you to love them or hate them, and then kills them off slowly! I think he just likes to play with his "readers-listeners" emotions, similarly to some of his characters "killings". Why else would all the main characters be gone now, in the Lonesome Dove saga's, well......almost gone, only one's left are P-i, Lorena, and barely by a whisker, Call.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Augusta, WV, United States 01-28-11
    Dennis Augusta, WV, United States 01-28-11 Member Since 2005

    Many explorations and adventures await!

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    "Terrible McMurtry Book - Depressing & Painful"

    I enjoyed the Lonesome Dove serious, but this book is a terrible way to end the series if it actually ever ends. This book was written with no plot in mind and was obviously done while the writer was on the toilet. Book is painfully over-detailed with parts making you want to fast forward to find a happy moment, but no happy endings, no bright futures for the characters and no sense of realism of pioneering America. Full of evil winning every moment just awful. I am thoroughly disgusted with the reader who was monotone like reading from a childsbook. Sad, depressing, morbid and boring....buyers beware.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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