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.
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"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)
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.
Great wrap up of the best western series I've ever read. Terrific performance. I highly recommend this book. However, you need to read Lonesome Dove first. I recommend the entire series.
Repeated the same storyline over and over. Dragging out the story. Unfortunately not a successful follow up to Lonesome Dove. Some great characters, but mostly painful to listen to. And I am a huge fan.
Great story overall especially for lonesome dove fans. there are surprises for the main LD characters, and elaboration on others plus fascinating new ones. Brutality rated R.
read all 4 now.
No. I loved Lonesome Dove and intend to read the initial books in the series with the strong hope that they move faster than this one.
There's a good story in there but the continued digressions into the background and psyche of everyone with any relevance meant that the flow of the story could never really get off the ground. This would be one of those best read in book form so that you could skim over these parts.
People have complained that the narrator was one of the reasons the book moved along so slowly, but I think he read at a rate appropriate for the story. The story was slow -- not the narrator.
This book is a terrible conclusion to a marvelous series. The narrator was boring. I don't regret the listen, but I hated how McMurtry kills everyone off. Lonesome Dove should have been the last book. It was masterpiece, Streets of Laredo was disappointing.
It was a good listen....but the ending could have been a little brighter.....I know it was hard times....but it left me feeling a little empty
This is a good book with the same characters plus some new ones from lonesome dove. I didn't like that McMurtry used the "I never told you about xyz in the first book since I didn't come up with the idea until I needed it for the second book" plot lines. I think I would have given it 5 stars if not for the whole "mox mox was really in lonesome dove even though he wasn't mentioned at all" thing.
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The narrator has a wonderful voice and good accents but reads extremely slow. I tolerated it for the sake of the book. McMurtry’s books become progressively more gruesome if read in the order written. It appears he discovered new ways to torture and kill people. The book is good but jumps around a lot in chronological order. One minute we are in present day and the next we are in the character’s past, and sometimes the jump is so jarring I forget which timeframe we are in. The extensive internal monologue of the characters can be laboring. Characters’ thoughts continue for long periods and repeat themselves. The absence of Gus is palpable. The novel lacks his carefree humor and has a somber feel. Despite these minor drawbacks, you cannot put the book down. McMurtry has a power to pull you in where you can think of nothing but what is going to happen next in these characters’ lives.
I would say of the McMurtry Books I read my favorites in order are (of course) Lonesome Dove, then Comanche Moon, then Dead Man's Walk, and last Streets of Laredo. However, I read Lonesome Dove first and then read the remaining books in chronological order. I don’t think I would have stuck with the series if I didn’t start with the pinnacle, Lonesome Dove.
"Very good all round"
Very well told.A good listen to while away the midnight hours and does drive away the blues '
"Gripping follow on to lonesome Dove"
Like Lonesome Dove takes a while to get going. But is a gripping story well narrated. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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