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Publisher's Summary

An almost-true story about a small town in Texas that ought to exist if it doesn’t, with characters like Sam the Lion, the delectable Jacy, and Ruth Popper, the coach’s wife. Set in a small, dusty, Texas town, The Last Picture Show introduced the characters of Jacy, Duane, and Sonny: teenagers stumbling toward adulthood, discovering the beguiling mysteries of sex and the even more baffling mysteries of love. Populated by a wonderful cast of eccentrics and animated by McMurtry's wry and raucous humor, The Last Picture Show is a wild, heartbreaking, and poignant novel that resonates with the magical passion of youth.
©1966 Larry McMurtry (P)1989 Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By Dennis on 12-10-15

Perfect complement to the movie

Would you listen to The Last Picture Show again? Why?

Yes. Saw the movie (again) recently after having seen it when it first came out. The DVD had an interview with the Producer, Peter Bogdanovich, in which he revealed that he had to cut the movie down in order to please the movie company. He regretted this and that led me to download the book to see what was missing. I highly recommend seeing the movie first, then read/listen to the book. They complement each other in that you will have a visualization of the movie characters who were all excellent. It's been a long time since I've enjoyed a story as much as this one. What a wonderful writer!

What other book might you compare The Last Picture Show to and why?

American Graffiti comes to mind even though it wasn't a book. I suppose if you grew up in the 60's or late 50's as I did, it makes it all that more enjoyable to be able to relate to those moments in the both The Last Picture Show and American Graffiti..

What about John Randolph Jones’s performance did you like?

Perfect! In fact, I will probably listen to several more that he has narrated just to listen to his great delivery and performance.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both! The characters were painted with such richness almost like an artist painting.

Any additional comments?

If you have seen the movie way back when, see it again. Then listen to the Audible version. It's like eating chocolate cake and washing it down with a glass of cold milk.

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4 out of 5 stars
By jaye on 05-06-15

Good story

What did you love best about The Last Picture Show?

The different events that happened were entertaining.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Picture Show?

I can,t pick out a single moment but i liked the moments involving Ruth. There was a moment between the coach and Ruth that I found memorable in a negative way. It told me all I needed to know about what a uncaring person he was.

What does John Randolph Jones bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He reads clearly

If you could rename The Last Picture Show, what would you call it?

Death of a small town

Any additional comments?

I would like to take the coach out for dinner and reach across the table and knock his plate In his lap. I would not ask him anything. I did not like him at all.

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