Written By: Larry McMurtry

Narrated By: Alfred Molina

Date: November 2003

Duration: 11 hours 1 minutes


In this tale of high-spirited and terrifying adventure, set against the background of the West that Larry McMurtry has made his own, By Sorrow’s River is an epic in its own right with the return of the formidable, young Tasmin Berrybender.

At the heart of this third volume of his Western saga remains the beautiful and determined Tasmin Berrybender, now married to the “Sin Killer” and mother to their young son, Monty. By Sorrow’s River continues the Berrybender party’s trail across the endless Great Plains of the West toward Santa Fe, where they intend, those who are lucky enough to survive the journey, to spend the winter. They meet up with a vast array of characters from the history of the West: Kit Carson, the famous scout; Le Partezon, the fearsome Sioux war chief; two aristocratic Frenchmen, whose eccentric aim is to cross the Great Plains by hot air balloon; a party of slavers; a band of raiding Pawnee; and many other astonishing characters who prove, once again, that the rolling, grassy plains are not, in fact, nearly as empty of life as they look. Most of what is there is dangerous and hostile, even when faced with Tasmin’s remarkable, frosty sangfroid. She is one of the strongest and most interesting of Larry McMurtry’s characters, and she stands at the center of this powerful and ambitious novel of the West.


  • Anonymous

    I have read all of Larry McMurtry's books and this was my least favorite. There seemed to be no storyline, so it seemed to just "ramble" on and on. I wondered why the printed version of this book is being practically given away at bookstores. I didn't even bother to listen to the last disc.....

  • Anonymous

    If you read the previous 2 and enjoyed them enough then you will like this one as well but it just leaves you hanging at the end....and that Tasmin.....

  • Ricardo

    Where is the next CD? I can't get enough of the Berrybender party and the Sin Killer. I love McMurtry. I have Lonesome Dove, Return to Lonsome Dove, Dead Mans Walk, Streets of Larado, Etc...Keep Em Commin. A great historical perspective of the early 1800's. "In The Year of Our Lord, 1832." As Mary Berrybender would say. Keeps you wanting more.

  • cdfmg

    Simply a great way to spend the commute. Almost a romance novel, but plenty of action and rich characters. McMurtry at his best.

  • Kevin Harden

    Not a really a good story..Kinda like gone with the wind with main female character marrying one man & wanting another!!! I would almost class this as a darn romance not a western!


    This is the final chapter of McMurtry's series starring the tedious, cloying,silly Berrybender family. I read this one, McMurtry bombs with this series. Save yourself the time, trouble, and energy; read Lonesome Dove again instead. Submitted by Gem Spector

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