By Sorrow's River

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Larry McMurtry

Narrated By: Alfred Molina

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: October 2006

Duration: 12 hours 0 minutes


By Sorrow's River continues the Berrybender party's trail across the endless Great Plains of the West towards Santa Fe, where they intend to spend the winter. Along the way, Tasmin, whose husband Jim Snow, has gone off to scout ahead of them, falls in love with Pomp Charbonneau, only to see him killed by the ruthless commander of Spanish troops, while her father, Lord Berrybender, now reduced to limping along on one leg and a pair of crustches, increasingly makes a fool of himself by falling in love with his own mistress. They meet up with a vast cast of characters from the history of the West--Kit Carson, the famous scout; Le Partezon, the fearsome Sioux war chief; The Ear Taker, an Indian whose specialty is creeping up on people while they are asleep and slicing their ear off with a sharp knife; two aristocratic Frenchmen whose eccentric aim is to cross the Great Plains by hot air balloon; a party of slavers led by the cowardly but bloodthirsty Obregon; 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, but that most of what is there is dangerous and hostile, even when faced with a young woman of Tasmin's remarkable, frosty sang froid, perhaps the strongest and most interesting of Larry McMurtry's women characters, and fairly resistant to shock, whether at bloodshed, the behavior of children, or sex.

A tale of adventure, at once high-spirited and terrifying, a journey as awe-inspiring and difficult as that of young Gus and Call in Dead Man's Walk, a story of love, passion, and death set against the background of the West that nobody writes about like Larry McMurtry, By Sorrow's River is an epic in its own right, with an extraordinary young woman (and mother) as its leading figure.


  • 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