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Dead Man's Walk

Narrated by: Will Patton
Series: Lonesome Dove Saga, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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Summary

In Streets of Laredo, McMurtry brought the story ahead, giving us Call in his old age. Now, in Dead Man's Walk, he takes us back to the days when Gus and Call were young Texas Rangers, first experiencing the wild frontier that will form their characters. We also meet Clara Forsythe, the unforgettable young woman whose effect on Gus McCrae is immediate and unshakable. Danger, sacrifice, comradeship, and love give them the strength and courage to survive against the almost insurmountable odds of the frontier.

In Dead Man's Walk, Gus and Call are not yet 20, young men coming of age in the days when Texas was still an independent republic. Enlisting as Texas Rangers under a land pirate who wants to seize Santa Fe from the Mexicans, Gus and Call experience their first great adventure in the barren great plains landscape, in which arbitrary violence is the rule -- whether from nature, or from the Indians whose territory they must cross in order to reach New Mexico.

From the Indians defending their land with unrelenting savagery, to the Texans attempting to seize and "civilize" it, and the Mexicans threatened by both, the reckless men of the untamed frontier make this at once a riveting adventure story and a powerful work of literature.

©2000 Larry McMurtry (P)2000 Simon & Schuster

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Gritty, compelling, beautifully read

Larry McMurtry’s writing is up there with Cormac McCarthy and Annie Proulx. It also lends itself perfectly to being read out loud
- and Will Patton’s narration was a seamless fit. This is the first book in the Lonesome Dove series, and my only gripe is that the second - Comanche Moon - isn’t available on Audible so I’ll need to find time to read a physical copy before moving on to book three.

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Western Adventure of the Highest Order.

Wonderfully narrated, vividly told, this is the beginning of the long life of adventuring with the Texas Rangers for Gus McRae and Woodrow Coll that ends so poignantly with McMurty’s “Lonesome Dove”. Not for those with weak stomachs, not for those who hold precious the revisionist image of the Native American as a high and noble spirit.

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amazing

i devoured this book. I love the character development and how real they relate. just a really good read, if your thinking of reading it, don't think anymore pick it up and give it a go, you won't be sorry.

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Masterful fun

I can’t quite summarise in the required detail the joy this book brought me. As with most of Larry’s writing there is tension, joy and fun. The characters are mystical and laughable and the story not for one moment slows down. It’s deftly done and frankly I can’t wait to move onto the other books, although where is the second book in the series? Either way I adored the journey tat Larry has given us!

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  • Richard
  • 05-11-08

Not Lonesome Dove

This is a prequel to Lonesome Dove with a young Corporal Call and Augustus. It is well written and superbly narrated. I could listen to Will Patten recite the phone book and enjoy it. It is also a good book but I could not give it five stars because it is so depressing. You are supposed to win some, lose some in life but you should not lose them all. If you do not mind a depressing story and you like oaters then this is for you.

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  • Ken B.
  • 25-09-10

Entertaining but not "Lonesome Dove"

Like many others, I listened to "Lonesome Dove" and loved it and wanted more of the story. This prequel, while entertaining, is a bit disappointing. Gus is one dimensional interested only in whores and it's hard to see how he would develop into the accomplished Texas Ranger we meet in "Lonesome Dove".

There is a lot of emphasis on torture and unpleasant death but I didn't find that to be as bad as some other reviewers do, though and lot of bad things and not much positive happens to the heroes in this one.

Near the end of the book, Mcmurtry changes style and suddenly we get Buffalo Hump and other Comanches in the first person where it had been third person throughout, which just struck me as odd.

I have to agree with one of the other reviewers on the ending. The ending is ludicrous and stretches the readers credulity beyond the breaking point.

Still, I did generally enjoy the story and it's worth it in any case as the first chronologically in the series.

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  • Redbeard
  • 15-11-16

Much better narration than Lonesome Dove

Will Patton's considerable talents can be easily noticed with the way he not only smoothly and skillfully narrates the story, but gives a bit of life to the various characters we encounter.

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  • Dale in Texas
  • 02-08-11

Young Gus and Call

I enjoyed this a lot. First of all, this was a perfect book for Will Patton to read and he did so, perfectly. I wish he could read the entire four book series. As for story, it was well told with believable characters. It was also interesting because I know the area that's being written about. The story never gets old and I listened to the entire series multiple times on Audible.

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  • Austex
  • 03-01-17

Great beginning to the Lonesome Dove saga!!!

What made the experience of listening to Dead Man's Walk the most enjoyable?

Very well read by Will Patton.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Man's Walk?

When Kicking Wolf was scared by Lady Carrey naked on her horse with the snake in her arms.

What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Tons of emotion to each character.

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

Enjoyed it, and found it hard to stop listening.

Any additional comments?

I look forward to Comanche Moon.

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  • roger hassell
  • 07-01-19

One of the best stories I have ever read.

entralling story. wonderful characters. developed a brillant scenery in my mind. found myself in the cold and at the camp fire as i travelled in my car. the reader was outstanding and a lure to listen to any book he reads.

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  • Scott
  • 05-07-14

Humorous, witty, real wild west.

What did you love best about Dead Man's Walk?

I walked the Dead Man's Walk with Call and Gus. Will Patton brings a very good tale to the level of Majesty. I've listened 4 times and get a little more each time. You'll love ALL of the characters - the heroes and the villains. The landscape they trudge through is wide open and wild. Loved it. Still love it. It's a listen again and again. Makes the Lonesome Dove TV series into a poor cousin by comparison.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Man's Walk?

When the Mexican Commander hands over his gun to Call.... real drama.

What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

I will listen to Will Patton read the phone book. His sensitivity with accents, and nuance are remarkable. I like him as an actor but LOVE him as a Narrator.

If you could take any character from Dead Man's Walk out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I'd take Gus out for dinner and just listen. Mostly because he'd do all the talking and you would never get a chance to interrupt. But I'd take Call fishing - and count the dozen words he spoke as a library.

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  • Terrie
  • 13-04-10

Dead Man's Walk

Loved it! Will Patton is an awesome narrator and the voices of Gus and Woodrow are so much like Bobby Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones in the movie Lonesome Dove that you can just see them (albeit younger) as you are listening. Just started Commanche Moon and the narration is a huge disappointment.

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  • Travis Blount
  • 29-05-15

Great story, good narrator

Great adventure story, well read.
I love the series and this book kicks off the whole lonesome dove saga. Good

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  • Erick
  • 14-02-10

Barely worth it

Lonesome Dove was one of the best audiobooks ever and Comanche Moon is not far behind. Unfortunately the best reason for listening to Dead Man's Walk is that it is the first book in this trilogy and sets the stage- even if done poorly. Unlike the second two books, there is little character development. Gus, the most intriguing character in Lonesome Dove, is a one-dimensional character interested only in sex and alcohol. Likewise for the Comanches and Apaches, portrayed as only interested in torture and killing- with drawn-out descriptions of both

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