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Boone's Lick is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry's triumphant return to the kind of story that made him famous - an enthralling tale of the 19th-century West. McMurtry brings his unique blend of historical fact and sheer storytelling genius to the Cecil family's arduous journey from Boone's Lick, Missouri, to Fort Phil Kearny in Wyoming. Fifteen-year-old Shay describes the journey that begins when his Ma, Mary Margaret, decides to hunt down her elusive husband, Dick, to tell him she's leaving him. The family sets out across the plains in search of him, encountering grizzly bears, stormy weather, and hostile Indians as they go. With them are Shay's siblings G.T., Neva, and Baby Marcy, Shay's uncle Seth, his Granpa Crackenthorpe, and Mary Margaret's beautiful half-sister Rose. During their journey they pick up a bare-footed priest named Father Villy, and a Snake Indian named Charlie Seven Days, and persuade them to come along.
Boone's Lick is high adventure, a perfect Western tale and a moving love story - it is vintage McMurtry, combining his brilliant character portraits, his unerring sense of the West and his unrivalled eye for the telling detail.
©2000 Larry McMurtry, All Rights Reserved (P)2000 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Nominee for Audio Publishers Association 2001 Audie Award, Solo Narration - Male
"A zany performance of a zany story." (AudioFile)
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By James on 04-03-03

No Lonesome Dove

Nevertheless, this is a fine offering. Read by my favorite audiobook reader, Will Patton, and written by one of my favorite authors, Larry McMurtry, this novel was a good time!

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By Rebecca S. Tomlin on 02-08-15

simply amazing

a simple story that follows a family across the west. hilarious and exciting. fill danger and comedy.

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By Roxanne on 08-12-05

Wildly Entertaining

A terrific book. The author Larry McMurtry won a Pulitzer Prize for Lonesome Dove. Although I never read westerns, I read all that Mr McMurtry writes and I am never disappointed. The actor who reads the book is superb. We had it playing in the car and drove an extra hour into the night just so we could listen to the story. You will never regret listening to this story.

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By Caroline Lawrence on 06-18-10

One of my fave audiobooks!

A delightful Western for anybody aged 10 and up, superbly narrated by Will Patton. I've just listened to it for the third time and it gave me as much pleasure as ever.

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