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Publisher's Summary

Lonesome Dove is a dusty little Texas town where heroes and outlaws, whores and ladies, Indians and settlers embody the spirit and defiance of the last wilderness. Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved. Lee Horsley, one of TV's most popular leading men and star of the Old West series Paradise, narrates this compelling saga.
Copyright ©1985 by Larry McMurtry, All Rights Reserved; Copyright (P)1992 Dove Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Pulitzer Prize Winner, Fiction, 1986

"Everything about Lonesome Dove feels true....these are real people, and they are still larger than life." (The New York Times Book Review)

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In some ways the book brings back the memory

Watched the tv series 2X. Enjoyed it. The book sucked me in the same way. I am a fan of historical fiction and this book is among the best.

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Epic Story!

Would you consider the audio edition of Lonesome Dove to be better than the print version?

Not better, but not worse either. The audio version helped get me over the hump when I got stuck on the print version.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gus, because, Gus. Gus was funny, sweet, wise, silly, loud. What more can you say about Gus?! He was the best character in the book by far.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Not exactly. In some instances I listened to the audio and followed along with the book at the same time. The narration was a bit slow, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes I would catch eyes moving ahead of the narration. But, the narrator would make these random pauses, the kind of pauses you would expect between sentences or even paragraphs. Some of these pauses were made mid paragraph and it made you think a new paragraph was coming. Worse, some of these pauses were mid sentence and it was awkward. But it wasn't just the narrator. Some of the chapter breaks in the audio were awkward. Some happened mid written chapter and one or two even happened mid sentence. I think this was more a problem with editing than the narrator. But the pauses were awkward, particularly if you read along while listening. It also made pausing difficult if you want to only listen a chapter at a time.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed and cried during this book. Gus wasn't the only funny character in the book. And there were instances where I felt anger, disgust and I bawled my eyes out as well.

Any additional comments?

This is a great story how ever you hear/read it. The narrator made weird and sometimes awkward pauses: however, they had a great voice for this story.

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Just as good as when I first read it.

Wonderful long, colorful western. Odyssey featuring retired Texas Rangers and miscellaneous psychopaths. Loved it all over again.

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Wonderful!

Epic story with a phenomenal narrator. One of my all time favorite audiobooks & that is saying a lot!

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love the story, didn't love the narrator

Lonesome Dove is one of my favorite books. I re-read it every few years. Larry McMurtry at his finest- what a story-teller he is. Don't mistake this Pulitzer Prize winner for a classic, its mainly just a good yarn of a story with memorable characters that you won't be able to walk away from. I wasn't fond of the narrator in the audio version, but I get so lost in the story I can forget about him mostly.

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Long, Well Worth It!

The story never lost its thread, even though we were taken from one location/time period to another, which is remarkable because it's such a lengthy book.

I would recommend this book to everyone who enjoys reading about relationships. It's a Western, but atypical so if you like Westerns, sample listen first.

The narrator was A+++!!!

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Book good, recording is terrible!

If i didnt pay for this i wouldnt mind much but since i did i was irritated by the quality of the recording. I know it's probably older but it get loud and soft and there are some lengthy pauses.
Book and reader are very good but the recording needs fixing.

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In the running for The Best Story Ever Told

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This story is, perhaps, one of the greatest ever told. The book was so good, I decided to listen to the audio book, since it's probably been 20 years since I read the book. Rest assured that I enjoyed the story all over again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lonesome Dove?

The well developed characters make this story. There doesn't seem to be any one moment that stands out, it's a bit like hanging out with old friends after a while, you laugh and cry with them.

Would you be willing to try another one of Lee Horsley’s performances?

Lee Horsley's performance wasn't horrible. What was horrible was the production value of his performance. Whoever engineered this production doesn't know what a compressor or a level meter are, and neither used nor consulted either one. In places it was quite loud, and in other places, inexplicably, I couldn't hear it no matter how loud I turned it up. As an audio engineer, it was very frustrating.

Could you see Lonesome Dove being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

While the movie that's been made from this book is every bit as powerful as the book, it lacks several scenes and changes a few things. And when I say movie, I mean a 6 hour long made-for-TV special. It's worth the watch.

Any additional comments?

I was surprised to find a number of prequels and a sequel to this book. I'm listening to all of those as well.

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Like Having Gus & Call in your Hand

A fine performance and a wonderful story. What more can you possibly want? Well, perhaps world peace, but in lieu of that.....

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Favorite

This is one of my favorite audio books. Much better than the movie. I have listened to it 3 times in the last 15 years.