Lonesome Dove : Lonesome Dove Saga

  • by Larry McMurtry
  • Narrated by Lee Horsley
  • Series: Lonesome Dove Saga
  • 36 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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Audible Editor Reviews

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

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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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Best audio book I have ever listened to!

I have a 55 minute each way commute to work every day and have listened to dozens and dozens of audio books. Lonesome Dove is by far the best book I have ever listened to. I found myself sitting in the garage after arriving at home, listening to this tale of a western cattle drive from Texas to Montana and not able to turn the CD player off. I laughed and cried at the characters and events in this 36 hour long epic and was depressed for days when it was all over. I didn't want it to end! I bought the book and watched the DVD but the audio version is by far the best. Be prepared to put aside everything else for awhile because once you start this book you won't be able to shut it off.
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- James

What a great book!

This is officially one of my all-time favorite audiobooks, although I do not recommend it for those parents on a road trip with kids. It's definitely an adult book.

While the details aren't as harsh as in most modern novels, Lonesome Dove is an unflinching examination of the lives of its characters: ex-rangers, cowboys, gamblers, whores, and a serial killer -- or two. The twists and turns make for some truly heart-wrenching moments that you'll never forget.

In fact, the characters in this book are so memorable and the story so well-written that you will easily overlook little technical problems with the recording.

Lee Horsley does a great job narrating, but he must've pronounced Xavier Wanz's name wrong during the initial recording or something, because at a couple points in the book his voice suddenly comes in at a different sound level and he says "Xavier Wanz"... and then the recording goes back to normal. Hello!

Some of the characters sound different at the end than they do at the beginning, like Horsley figured out a better way to play them by the time he got to know them. Sometimes Horsley's narration speed changes unexpectedly. And at times the background noise level will change, too.

But you know what? You won't care one bit.

Trust me, this audiobook is so good, you'll feel like a friend is reading it to you and will be willing to overlook any technical foibles.

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- SoCalBonnie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-13-2000
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books