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A love story, an adventure, and an epic of the frontier, Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize- winning classic, Lonesome Dove, the third book in the Lonesome Dove tetralogy, is the grandest novel ever written about the last defiant wilderness of America. 

Journey to the dusty little Texas town of Lonesome Dove and meet an unforgettable assortment of heroes and outlaws, whores and ladies, Indians and settlers. Richly authentic, beautifully written, always dramatic, Lonesome Dove will make listeners laugh, weep, dream, and remember. 

This newly remastered audio edition is expertly read by actor Lee Horsley, best known for his starring roles in the television series Nero Wolfe, Matt Houston, and Paradise.

©1985 Larry McMurtry (P)1992 / 2016 Dove Audio / Phoenix Books

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  • Ann
  • Eugene, OR
  • 06-21-18

Lonesome Dove

Loved the story with all of its great characters. However, I would not recommend this audio version because the voice of Gus McCray was decimals higher than the other voices in the audible version and extremely irritating to listen to. I only made it through this book by keeping my finger on the control volume so I could turn it down when Gus spoke which was often. I would listen to a different version of this book if I were you. I understand that they were trying to create this character that did speak louder and was hard of hearing but when listening to an audible book they need to be more aware of there listening audience. I doubt that the people that created this set down and listened to all 33 hours. I rarely take the time to write a review but hope this would be helpful to someone else or to the creators of this audible version of lonesome dove. It could just be edited so the volume is not higher than the other characters of the book but keep the same gruffness and tone of Gus’s voice.

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Not your run of the mill western

I am not a fan of westerns, but this is a great story... a must-read!

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Great story even for the length.

Easy to keep up with even between breaks. It is long but the character building requires it and the rhythm building and story telling is perfect.

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Excellent

Long but worth it. Great story with lots of adventure, romance, gun fights. The wonderful, vivid characters make the story! Lee Horsley was amazing!!

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  • Kelly
  • Colorado Springs
  • 04-16-18

Lee Horsley is perfect!

Nothing else I have read has brought to life the Old West like McMurtry's Lonesome Dove! I could practically taste the steak and beans cooked on the campfire. I could see the herds of buffalo. I could feel the sting of the dust on my face. I live in Colorado and all around me is the evidence of life in this era so the book made my home more intriguing.

Each character was unique, likable and very real. I liked the people McMurtry introduced to me well enough that I plan to look for the second book in the series very soon.

Lee Horsley is incredible in this book. His voices for the various characters are very distinct and really brought the book to life. I never struggled to know who was speaking. I was enchanted by both the book and the narration

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Gus is the man

One of my new favorites. Love everything about the story and characters. I was initially put off by Horsley's voice for Gus, but it grew on me. Knowing the character now, I prefer it. Almost wish Duvall's portrayal used that inflection, but hard to criticize anything about his performance.

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the essential western novel

the performance by Lee only enhances this great American classic. Now its time for me start the sequel and prequels!

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You just found some satisfying fiction.

Great book. Great reading. I haven't listened to too many audiobooks twice. Say you want a classic Western that'll make laugh, cry smile and fret? Here ya go.

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  • Gary
  • LEANDER, TX, US
  • 04-27-18

Lonesome Dove is Great!

What did you love best about Lonesome Dove?

Insight into the thoughts and feelings of the characters just is not the same when watching a movie.

I loved the movie, but the book is far ahead!

What did you like best about this story?

I love westerns anyway, so I begin biased.

However, the way this story is told, the way it unfolds, the way Lee Horsley portrays the characters is superb.

Have you listened to any of Lee Horsley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first time I have heard Lee Horsley's portrayal of a book.

I look forward to hearing more.

Any additional comments?

Throughout the book, I appreciated the characters still referring to the Captain.

It's a sign of respect for the man to have still been recognized with his rank once his official tour of duty was over.

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powerful story with compelling characters

Lonsome Dove is a long book, but also very powerful. Most deffinitly a must read

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  • Hebe
  • 05-11-18

Amazing

Just trust me and listen to this. It's a great story and the narration is perfect. I wish the same man had read the rest of the series!