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Telegraph Days | [Larry McMurtry]

Telegraph Days

Not since the publication of his own beloved classic Lonesome Dove has there been a novel like this one, another big, brilliant, unputdownable saga of the West from Larry McMurtry. Telegraph Days is at once a major work of literature and a completely absorbing read, not just great fiction, but fiction on a great scale.
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Publisher's Summary

Not since the publication of his own beloved classic Lonesome Dove has there been a novel like this one, another big, brilliant, unputdownable saga of the West from Larry McMurtry. Telegraph Days is at once a major work of literature and a completely absorbing read; not just great fiction, but fiction on a great scale, encompassing many years, many characters, real and fictional, and the whole vast landscape of place, time, life, and heart, which has served for more than 130 years as the background for "the Western" in fiction and on the screen. Nobody writes, or has ever written, better about the West than Larry McMurtry, and nobody has caught better in words its myths, its often brutal reality, its overwhelming size, and the way it captured both the imagination and the hopes of those who settled there, only, as was so often the case, to dash those hopes.

Told in the voice of Nellie Courtright, a spunky, courageous, attractive young woman whose story this is in part, Telegraph Days is the big novel of the Western gunfighters that people have been hoping for years Larry McMurtry would write.

©2006 Larry McMurtry. All rights reserved.; (P) 2006 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

  • Winner of Audio Publishers Association 2007 Audie Award, Solo Narration - Female

  • Audie Award Finalist, Fiction, Unabridged, 2007
  • Audie Award Finalist, Solo Narration - Female, 2007

"McMurtry's latest skips through western lore with a wry smile." (Publishers Weekly)
"In his striving to demythologize the West, McMurtry's vision of the reality is compelling." (Booklist)

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    Deborah Chicago, IL, United States 12-12-11
    Deborah Chicago, IL, United States 12-12-11
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    "Larry McMurty once again does it the best!"
    If you could sum up Telegraph Days in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful, thought provoking and exciting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Nellie. I love Annie Potts so my minds eye saw the physical Annie Potts and the inspiration of Nellie Cartright.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Reuben Atlanta, GA, United States 04-02-10
    Reuben Atlanta, GA, United States 04-02-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Great story, great reader"

    Annie Potts does an outstanding job as the reader for this book. I wish she would do more. Also, a good story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly san anselmo, CA, USA 02-13-08
    Kimberly san anselmo, CA, USA 02-13-08
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    "telegraph days"

    This isn't my normal genre, but it was a nice break. Good characters, and loved Annie Potts as narrator. I liked this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Bakersfield, CA, USA 11-15-07
    Judy Bakersfield, CA, USA 11-15-07
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    "Good but raunchy"

    This book is written more as a narrative-diary than a typical plot-driven novel. It is fun to listen to, but quite raunchy, lots of crude sexual references, but not pornographic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carola OberurselGermany 07-25-07
    Carola OberurselGermany 07-25-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Simply great!"

    Well written, well narrated. A super book that I could have gone on listening to for many hours more.

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    Steven Santa Ana, CA, USA 05-08-07
    Steven Santa Ana, CA, USA 05-08-07
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    "Female Gus McCrae"

    I'm a big fan of the lonesome dove series and looked forward to this story as another saga by Larry McMurtry. I guess I have a tendency to measure all of his novels by that standard which leaves me lacking for more. having said that, this was a fun story and the narrator does a great job of telling the story and bringing the characters to life.

    Its not lonesome dove, but well worth the effort.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul parkland, FL, United States 09-25-06
    Paul parkland, FL, United States 09-25-06 Member Since 2002
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    "Where's the plot"

    Annie Potts is a very good reader. I love Lonesome Dove. But i must say this is weak. There is no plot and just ambling around the old west meeting every famous person. Nothing really happens. I suppose it may be enough to have penned Lonesome Dove, one of my all time favorite books but if you're not going to try to wright something close to that PLEASE STOP.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Arlington, VA, USA 09-11-06
    Barbara Arlington, VA, USA 09-11-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Annie Potts is the star"

    This is a very fun book to listen to. Annie Potts is responsible. She reads the story about an independent woman whose life intersects with some famous characters of her time, including, among others, Wild Bill Hickok and Wyatt Earp and his brothers.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kennard Warner Robins, GA, United States 12-23-13
    Kennard Warner Robins, GA, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2005

    Just an old retired guy, eyesight not as good as it was, so really enjoy listening to these books. Been listening for about 6 years.

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    "A page turner after a bit."

    Gor this book thinking it was a Western and really it was, but not your normal shootem up roundem up. I really don't like to listen to female narrators but after llistening a while she kinda grew on me. It's a story about girl/woman getting by in the west. Turned out I couldn't stop listening and stayed on to the end and am really glad I did. This story is one that grabs you and you don't want to lay it down (so to speak). Anyway give it a try!!!

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    Gary Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-19-13
    Gary Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Annie Potts is one of my favorite narrators."
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    I'm a big fan of McMurtry. This is not one my favorite books of his. It's really good, but I'd read other books of his first if I were you. BUT that being said, Annie Potts was one of the best readers I have ever heard of my entire Audiobook experience. She did a fantastic job.

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