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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)

What Members Say

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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
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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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    Ieva 07-24-15
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    "A very fine piece of literature"

    I picked up this book knowing nothing about it. on my list I had a Pulitzer winner, so I went and looked for one. Lonesome Dove popped up as the first one and I picked it up. I have not been dissapointed. My first insight into American history of settler times, first of cowboys and indians. this work made it all real and magical for me. The good times were described so well I had to smile with them and the bad times were described as vivid as anything I would have seen with my own eyes. This book made me want to read more on the topic, as well as makes me fearful that no other book will be as good.

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    berney williams 07-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Best audible book I've ever listened to."

    I was captivated from the very first lines. The narrator, Lee Horsley, was so good at putting me into the scene, and I never wanted to step away.

    The storyline is wonderful. If I could time travel into any storyline, I'd time travel right into this one. I'd hire on with the Hat Creek Cattle Company. The characters are so well developed that I feel as if I had known them for years. I loved that the story took 36 hours to tell because I loved being lost in the story.

    I saw the miniseries, and I loved it. And I was curious whether I would like an audible book retelling me a story I already know. The answer: YES!

    The novel, Lonesome Dove, has a slightly different plot-line than the miniseries, and is much richer in detail and character development. I found that I like knowing what the characters look like (Robert Duval as Gus, Tommy Lee Jones as Captain Call, etc).

    The narrator blew me away. He is GOOD!

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  • Lindsey
    Coleshill, United Kingdom
    12/15/12
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    "A wonderful surprise"

    I have never liked westerns and only downloaded this as it was offered as a bonus book. Then I didn't listen to it until I had run out of other options in my library. I was thoroughly captured by the story. The author writes his characters so well and does not shy away from difficult scenes, but neither does he 'overdo' them. The brutality of the time is portrayed but balanced with wonderful moments between characters. I don't mind admitting to shedding a tear or two at the death of a character, again not because it was over sentimentalised but because he had been so well drawn and the scenario of the death is so well told... I won't say more as I don't want to spoil it for future listeners. I initially found the narrator a little slow but you soon get into the rhythm of his performance and it suits the story.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • chris
    Lincoln, United Kingdom
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    "A great story"

    A marvellous novel - the story of an epic cattle drive from Texas to Wyoming. Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize Novel is full of unforgettable characters undertaking an epic journey. A journey that is full of laughter, hardship and pathos

    Undoubtedly a masterful book that should be read over and over.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. REP
    Midlands, UK.
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    "I loved it!"

    I didn't know whether I would like this book or not, westerns not being a genre I normally read and the length of it was a bit off-putting, but I actually loved every minute of it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    9/28/15
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    "audio quality very patchy"

    The narration can vary from chapter to the next, sometimes being clear and loud others muffled and much quieter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ruth dugard
    5/13/16
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    "an amazing adventure."

    I read this book years ago and thought I would revisit .The narrator was superb made all the characters come to life especially Gus loved it sad journey to work now it's finished

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Harry
    3/9/16
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    "Good story, great performance."

    It's a long book and you need a good attention span but it's worth it. You get very attached to most of the characters and get to know the main ones very well on great depth.

    The performance is one of the best I've heard on audible, his voices for the characters are so good it grips you from the off and you can tell who is speaking before he reads the name.

    Would recommend. 8.5/10

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rupert
    NORWICH, United Kingdom
    5/26/15
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    "Fantastic atmospheric Western"

    I enjoyed every second of the 36 hours.

    Lee Horsley's reading was impeccable.

    The fatuous burst of country music at the end could be deleted with advantage though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline Lawrence
    London, England
    11/23/12
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    "Uva uvam vivendo varia fit!"

    36 hours of pure pleasure. This is the perfect reading of a superb book. If you liked the TV series and/or book this audio version is a wonderful way of taking a dust bath in the sagebrush dry humour of Larry McMurtry's world. It will make you grin so much you'd think you'd "just discovered teeth." As amusing, intriging, poignant and unpredictable as Lonesome Dove's Latin motto: Uva uvam vivendo varia fit.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Louise
    LYMINGTON, United Kingdom
    10/25/13
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    "Must be the most boring book in the world ...."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A decent or somehow interesting story, read by a voice that was easy to listen to. It was none of these things. The reader was very difficult to listen to; monotone and dull


    Would you ever listen to anything by Larry McMurtry again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Enormously; horrible.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No. I couldn't get anywhere close to the end of it and I feel thoroughly miserable that I took any notice of any of the reviews. It was simply terrible; no interest in finding out where the story went because the story line was so dull and the voice of the narrator was so dull.


    Any additional comments?

    Don' buy it!

    0 of 10 people found this review helpful

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