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Lonesome Dove Audiobook

Lonesome Dove

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Why we think it's Essential: I first listened to Lonesome Dove with some trepidation. Could the likeable star of TV's Matt Houston really handle McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-winning genre-transcending Western? I shouldn't have worried. Lee Horsley inhabits McMurtry's language and characters like a pair of trail-beaten boots, indulging the laid-back roughness of his own Texas roots to bring the tale of Gus McCrae, Woodrow Call, and the Hat Creek Outfit to spirited life. —Ed Walloga

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.

What the Critics Say

  • 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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    Amanda 10-04-15
    Amanda 10-04-15 Member Since 2014

    I ❤️ Audiobooks!

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    "A classic tale, and rich story."
    What did you love best about Lonesome Dove?

    The is such a good story filled with rich characters and hardy laughs.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love that this is such a long tail. I never wanted it to end.


    What about Lee Horsley’s performance did you like?

    Great voices and accents. A little too loud occasionally on Augusts' parts though.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Sure but it's way too long!


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    Kelli Acevedo 10-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it"

    Really enjoyed this book. Wasn't sure what I was reading in the beginning, then I started to get in to it. I laughed, cried, and more. The ending was a little abrupt, made me think the author didn't really finish the book. Maybe there is a sequel.

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    Kindle Customer 09-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A Great Novel, A Treasure"
    If you could sum up Lonesome Dove in three words, what would they be?

    Beautifully stirring prose.


    What other book might you compare Lonesome Dove to and why?

    This is book is to the western genre what The Lord of the Rings is to fantasy.


    Which character – as performed by Lee Horsley – was your favorite?

    It's hard to choose been Gus and Call. Gus would have to be my favorite but Call is powerfully portrayed.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are too many to choose from. Gus with his endless opinions that always have a point. Call with his dedication to anything he does and the relentless way he accomplishes whatever he sets out to do. Newt with his doubts and growing up during the drive.


    Any additional comments?

    Lee Horsley was masterful in his performance. He was perfect in his delivery and characterizations.

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    Amazon Customer 09-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "amazing"

    what happened at the end? it just shut off prematurely. rest was great, highly recommended

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    Inga W. Holmquist Washington State, USA 09-09-15
    Inga W. Holmquist Washington State, USA 09-09-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Best ever"
    What made the experience of listening to Lonesome Dove the most enjoyable?

    The first time I read this book, I wondered for 80 pages where it was going. Then it took off like a bucking bronco thrill ride. I'm a slow reader, but this is one book I have read over and over, and listened to more than once. It's wry and wrenching, hilarious and heartbreaking - damn, it just doesn't get any better! Then listen to Comanche Moon and fall in love with it as well!


    What other book might you compare Lonesome Dove to and why?

    There's nothing to compare with Lonesome Dove except Comanche Moon and perhaps parts of the Barrybender Chronicles. McMurtry does something something here so magical with characters and language that it could maybe only be compared with a symphony.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are so many favorite, poignant and thrilling moments, that as you reach the end of the book, you'll find yourself slowing down to savor every page. And those first 80 pages where you wondered what this story was going to be about - those will become nostalgic favorites as you think back to all that has happened to the characters since.


    Who was the most memorable character of Lonesome Dove and why?

    Augustus McCray and Woodrow Call together, are one of the great literary "couples" of all time.


    Any additional comments?

    You don't have to like westerns, you just have to love literature and language, and you'll love Lonesome Dove. I don't gravitate to westerns and only read this on a recommendation - the first time. This is it's own genre of greatness. Read and enjoy. Again and again. You're welcome.

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    Benjamin 08-31-15
    Benjamin 08-31-15
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    "phenomenal"

    I didn't want it to end! I feel like I've been to Montana and back.

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    Steve Texas, USA 08-28-15
    Steve Texas, USA 08-28-15 Member Since 2014

    I like western fiction, like Lonesome Dove. Also, Cormack McCarthy's Blood Meredian. Plus, I like sci fi, like Ryk Brown.

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    "awesome"

    greatest book I've read. American classic. get it now or you will be sorry. thanks.

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    Gene Silvernail 08-24-15
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    "True western epic by a bloody Aussie"

    Totally enjoyable beyond the series. Narrator was top notch. Will give it a listen again.

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    Ivis nasir 08-13-15
    Ivis nasir 08-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "My favorite novel"

    Adventure, humor, Cowboys, Indians, romance. Wonderful dialog and perfectly read by Lee Horsley. What more could one want?

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    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 07-29-15
    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 07-29-15 Member Since 2017
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    "STORY TELLING MASTERCLASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    What did you love best about Lonesome Dove?

    This book is the very best storytelling I have ever heard. Brilliant Narration, Brilliant Characters, and a Brilliant Author!


    What other book might you compare Lonesome Dove to and why?

    I would rather compare the book to the movie. The movie was a great reference point for the book. The movie was great and it followed the book really well, but the book went into each characters emotions and explained things the movie did not.


    What about Lee Horsley’s performance did you like?

    I like how he nuanced each character so that each character was unique.


    If you could take any character from Lonesome Dove out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Probably Gus, or Clara because they would have a lot to say.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a top five listen for me. It was the shortest 36 hour book ever. This book is well worth a download.

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