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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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    zoomcity Canton, MI 01-27-13
    zoomcity Canton, MI 01-27-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent performance"

    This is a ridiculous story. Marie Antoinette "Nellie" Courtright is a beauty courted by George Custer, Bill Hickock and two Earp brothers, in addition to a host of non-famous beaus. She works for Buffalo Bill Cody, gets the best of Jesse James, meets Billy the Kid and General Sherman, and witnesses the gunfight at the OK Corral.

    I enjoyed this because it's funny, and Annie Potts' narration is perfection. She made me want to keep listening. It would be a quick read on paper, but it's so much better, and time well spent, on audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael P. Markley Seekonk, Ma United States 09-04-12
    Michael P. Markley Seekonk, Ma United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Story and Performance"
    Would you try another book from Larry McMurtry and/or Annie Potts?

    Yes


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    ??? - I'm sure something from Mcmurtry, Puzo, or Stephen King


    What about Annie Potts’s performance did you like?

    I soon forgot it was Annie Potts reading and simply felt the charactor thru her performance.


    Do you think Telegraph Days needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Leonard Rock Hill, SC USA 05-15-12
    Marie Leonard Rock Hill, SC USA 05-15-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Not the worst book I ever listened to"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Maybe, if they were an Annie Potts fan.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Listening to Annie Potts was very enjoyable. The plot was a little on the silly side, especially if you are expecting another Lonesome Dove.


    What does Annie Potts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Just a very pleasant voice with an accent that seems very appropriate for the subject matter.


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