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 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.
This was an extremely depressing sequel to Lonesome Dove. I enjoyed Lonesome Dove immensely and have read the book several times. This sequel is so depressing it's almost hard for me to believe that it was written by the same author. The opening chapters in this sequel indicate that many of the characters were killed off prior to where this novel picks up. But very few of the new characters that are introduced in this novel have qualities that make them likable. The few that are likable suffer such miserable fates that it is an incredibly depressing book. There is so much detail describing the misery and suffering they go through as they kill others or kill themselves that I am left wishing that I had never read this book at all.
I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.
it must be one of my favorite. I am sure that other more eloquent have written about Mr. McMurtry and his novels better than I. But I do feel this series will go down in history as one of the finest American novels. I have listened to the prequels of Lonesome Dove and all the way to the conclusion. What a great story the Streets of Laredo is. From the optimism and hope of the young Rangers, to the story of a strong Man who's age and body can no longer do what it once could.
it is a tad like the others in the series. Also like No Country for Old Men. The world is changing and a good strong Man who has dealt justice for all his life is no longer needed. Most don't remember him or what he has done to settle the land that they live in.
Mr. Von Bargen did a very good job and his voices were great.
As I grow older myself, seeing a Man who's body just cannot do what it once did seems so real.
I may suggest that the listener consider Lonesome Dove first. It is not mandatory but will help make sense for this book.
I really did love this book. The narrator was very good. The story was great. The epilogue was even better than I could have imagined. Can't wait to read more from this author.
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