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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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    Timothy 02-06-11
    Timothy 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 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Hamburg, AR, United States 05-30-15
    Michael Hamburg, AR, United States 05-30-15 Member Since 2011
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    "I wish there were 4 more"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan HOUSTON, TX, United States 05-28-15
    Susan HOUSTON, TX, United States 05-28-15 Member Since 2009
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    "A bit of a let down"

    Character development was weak and did not offer adequate information to make relationships believable-? Pea Eye and Lori - what and where was the spark that United them? Never saw it. Joey was not a complete character- just a bad boy-
    This was one of those "hurry up and write an ending " books - disappointing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ken 12-17-14
    ken 12-17-14 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?

    No one. The narrator did a decent job, I gave him 4 out of 5. Too often narrators make fools of themselves trying to sound like a Southerner.


    What character would you cut from Streets of Laredo?

    All of Maria's husbands. McMurtry went on and on about four guys who had nothing to do with the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a big fan on the original Lonesome Dove series!!! So, this book was a total disappointment. {SPOILER ALERT} This book is just compiled with a bunch of bad things that happened. Sometimes if goes on for 45 minutes about things just irrelevant to the story. In fact all of Part 2 (one third of the book) could have been eliminated. Some of the old roles are back but just not the same characters. In the end there is no hero, or great feat accomplished, no bright future, no cowboy riding off into the sunset. Just a bunch of bad things that happened and in the end everyone ends up dead or just broken.

    And for the name of the book "Streets of Laredo"; where does he get this? They are only in Laredo for a couple of paragraphs, and the actual city had no importance, they could have been in Del Rio or any other city. Or that scene could have been eliminated all together.

    So, if you are a fan of "Dead Man's Walk", "Comanche Moon", and "Lonesome Dove" and are expecting more of the same save yourself the disappointment and skip this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 06-05-14
    Richard 06-05-14
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    "Bad narration"
    Would you try another book from Larry McMurtry and/or Daniel Von Bargen?

    Larry McMurtry definitely. I have greatly enjoyed Dead Mans Walk, Commanche Moon, and Lonesome Dove.
    The Narration of Streets Of Loredo is horrendous. He cannot even get the names correct let alone a good rendition of the personalities. You can tell the narrator has not bothered to do his homework. The narration is extremely painful and will never ever listen to a book narrated by Von Booben again.


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

    Bill Paxton


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Already have


    Any additional comments?

    Bad narration is a great way to ruin a great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Romy Arroyo Hondo, NM, United States 08-13-13
    Romy Arroyo Hondo, NM, United States 08-13-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Too bad for the narrator"
    Would you try another book from Larry McMurtry and/or Daniel Von Bargen?

    I was so excited to get this sequel to Lonesome Dove. Lonesome Dove is an amazing story and I am/was excited to listen to more Larry McMurtry. Lee Horsley had me completely captivated in Lonesome Dove and I assumed he would read this as well! Unfortunately Daniel Von Bargen reads instead. He is a super slow reader - if he were a horse I would kick him to move along a little faster! Show some spirit... I haven't listened to the entire book yet and might not be able to because of this narrator. I will give it another 20 minutes and my fingers are crossed he becomes more tolerable to listen to.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Faster pace, more enthusiasm, and put a little energy into the narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kendall 01-17-13
    Kendall 01-17-13
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    "Excellent"
    What made the experience of listening to Streets of Laredo the most enjoyable?

    Good Story & Good Narrating


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gus
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    Have you listened to any of Daniel Von Bargen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope
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    If you could take any character from Streets of Laredo out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Woodrow. He must have some great stories. fpfiakfd[po
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    Any additional comments?

    Nope reahghfdl;gjgkl ijgojre; poiuoipvapo ppoivgapik[

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BC 04-22-12
    BC 04-22-12 Member Since 2008

    Mystery Lover

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    "A great listen"

    This is a great story! It kept me interested throughtout-i couldnt stop listening. It is performed well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-06-12
    Gary Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Big surprise how much I liked it"
    Any additional comments?

    I was hesitant to read this book. I felt like Lonesome Dove was over. I was satisfied and wasn't sure if I needed to know more. But then I realized that I loved Larry McMurtry's writing style so much, and missed it in other books I decided to go back to this series. In a lot of ways I may have liked Streets of Laredo better.

    If you are in the same situation right now as I was then, just buy this book. It's fantastic. The reader isn't quite as good as Lee Horsley, but almost.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Dalton 02-12-11
    C. Dalton 02-12-11

    Cooper

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    "Great story, irritating narrator."

    This is another great McMurtry saga of the old west, although not quite on par with Lonesome Dove. It digs deeper into the character's lives than did the movie. There are some blatant errors that weren't researched properly, but it is after all, fiction. The narrator leaves a lot to be desired. His pauses are numerous and become increasingly irritating, especially when they don't coincide with parts that should be paused. He just pauses wherever he wants......."and that was (pause) the nature of Captain (pause) Call....". 1,2, even 3 pauses per sentence. The book would have been an hour shorter with a different narrator. He ruined a great adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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