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Dead Man's Walk Audiobook

Dead Man's Walk

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Publisher's Summary

In Streets of Laredo, McMurtry brought the story ahead, giving us Call in his old age. Now, in Dead Man's Walk, he takes us back to the days when Gus and Call were young Texas Rangers, first experiencing the wild frontier that will form their characters. We also meet Clara Forsythe, the unforgettable young woman whose effect on Gus McCrae is immediate and unshakable. Danger, sacrifice, comradeship, and love give them the strength and courage to survive against the almost insurmountable odds of the frontier.

In Dead Man's Walk, Gus and Call are not yet 20, young men coming of age in the days when Texas was still an independent republic. Enlisting as Texas Rangers under a land pirate who wants to seize Santa Fe from the Mexicans, Gus and Call experience their first great adventure in the barren great plains landscape, in which arbitrary violence is the rule -- whether from nature, or from the Indians whose territory they must cross in order to reach New Mexico.

From the Indians defending their land with unrelenting savagery, to the Texans attempting to seize and "civilize" it, and the Mexicans threatened by both, the reckless men of the untamed frontier make this at once a riveting adventure story and a powerful work of literature.

©2000 Larry McMurtry; (P)2000 Simon & Schuster

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    susan 10-14-16
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    "Good book a couple of issues."

    It was a good book but with a couple of issues. How do you criticize the guy that wrote Lonesome Dove, but here goes: This book is the 1st part of the Lonesome Dove series, in that respect it is great to have early stories of young Gus and Woodrow. The book is incredibly dragged out about the trek into N. Mexico and extremely dark and sinister, however, I loved the ending!!!!! The book could have explored other scenarios than the singular Mexican army and Buffalo Hump. The narrator has an enjoyable voice, however, his use of Spanish, French and Scottish accents suck and leave a lot to be desired. Overall, though, it is a good listen and worth the time, especially if you intend to read the entire Lonesome Dove series.......

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    marsha 08-17-16
    marsha 08-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great story"

    Loved loved loved it!!!!!!!! I would listen to Larry's books any time. very good stories

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    Kindle Customer 04-10-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book!"

    This is a great story. I could not put it down. The narrator did a great job as well. I have already purchased the next book in the series and will look for more information the series from this author.

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    Keith ROCKMART, GEORGIA, United States 09-10-09
    Keith ROCKMART, GEORGIA, United States 09-10-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "Too much torture and too many whores"

    If you enjoy stories of people being tortured this is a book for you. I had to force myself to finish this book; traditionally I love wild western stories.

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    Sher from Provo Utah 12-26-16
    Sher from Provo Utah 12-26-16 Member Since 2015

    Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.

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    "A Little Gruesome"

    The plot is not complicated, and not all that different from many other western adventure novels, but the adventures themselves are quite amazing. There is a lot of gruesomeness in this book. It makes me sad to think of the inhumane things we humans are sometimes willing to perpetrate against our fellow humans.

    I'm sitting the fence right now as to whether I will read the other two books in this series (Lonsome Dove being the fourth book and the only other one I have read). McMurtry is a very good writer and from that standpoint I do want to finish the series. But the gruesomeness is a little overwhelming, and from that standpoint I don't want to finish it. I came to care about the characters in this story, and that made it all the harder to "witness" as it were, the evil that is so easily committed against so many good men and women. But either way, I have to take a break from the heaviness of this book and next read something a little lighter.

    The narrator, Will Patton, is absolutely fabulous. Ok, his French suffered a little bit, but the only French character was in the book for just a short time, and we all got over it. Every other characterization was top notch.

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    Swallop Chula Vista, CA, United States 11-30-11
    Swallop Chula Vista, CA, United States 11-30-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Not one of Patton's best performances"

    Let me start by saying that I was let down by Will Patton's performance. Having listened to many of his performances of James Lee Burke's novels, I was looking forward to another stunning narration. Instead, it was just average, probably because the lighter atmosphere of cowboys and whores--even in the company of murderous Comanches--is a departure from the usual dark and brooding material that Burke produces...which seems to fit Patton's voice and intonation much better.

    The story wasn't able to make up for the lackluster performance, however. This book is no Lonesome Dove. The humor, characterization, and epic story just aren't there.

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    Radish Bliss Holdenville, OK 09-01-09
    Radish Bliss Holdenville, OK 09-01-09 Member Since 2008
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    "fun"

    brutal western, but good.

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    lauren BLEIBLERVILLE, TX, United States 03-20-17
    lauren BLEIBLERVILLE, TX, United States 03-20-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Best book and narrator!"

    I could not put this one down! The narrator is awesome his voice and dialect is perfect for the characters!

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    Wayne 03-07-17
    Wayne 03-07-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Could have used a Villan that could be killed....."

    I like the characters so much but I would like to see why they got so famous. it seems they got famous for suffering a long walk as prisoners. It needed a Villan that could be eliminated by the Rangers in a final showdown.

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    Fake 02-09-17
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    "audio is same as book"

    Amazing storyteller haha. Such a good reader. AMD the story follows the book exactly if anyone else is going a book report.

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