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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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Narration and yelling: not the same thing.

I really wanted to read this book given its reputation. I made it to chapter 9 but the narrators yelling out every comment by Augustus made it simply too obnoxious. I just couldn’t take it any more 😕

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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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Love the book, can't handle the narrator

I love this book, it's entertaining, wise, evocative, revisionist, and just beautifully written in general. I've already read it twice, but it's been a while and I thought it would be fun to listen to on the way to work and falling asleep. But I'm a picky listener, and I couldn't handle five minutes of Lee Horsley's narration. It's not so much his raspy voice as his audible breathing, almost gasping at some points. Can't do it. Returning. I hope someone else reads it someday. Nick Offerman would be great.

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  • R
  • 08-07-18

Audio Quality Lacking

It's an epic story. Really enjoyable. The audio quality is poor, and I had to turn the speakers up full volume, but it was worth it. Gus is my favorite character

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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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  • 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!