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Dead Man's Walk

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Larry McMurtry

Narrated By: Will Patton

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: October 1995

Duration: 14 hours 40 minutes

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 twenty, 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.

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  • sam m

    The narrator did an excellent job. However, somewhere in the middle of the reading a whole paragraph was not read as well as some words. Other than that, the reading made the book more interesting. But I just didn't like how lives ended based on luck game.

  • Gail B

    Ive been a fan of Mr. McMurtry since I first read Lonesome Dove, so many, many years ago. Gus and Woodrow are dear friends of mine. This book enabled me to get to know them as young men, as I've never known them before. Mr McMurtry has once again put me on horseback in amongst them and their fine companions. I felt my own deep fear of the man Buffalo Hump. Lay as a child in Maggie's comforting arms. Knew the sting of arrow and the piercing jolt of lance. I have shared weak coffee with brave men and cowards during the long trudge through the dead mens valley. I have sat with Call on the outskirts of camp, listening to a sad tune on a harmonica played by a doomed man. I have frozen to death near a young Mexican soldier. I have been moved by this book to the point of tears and many times been blessed with laughter. In my sixty years knowing the gift and owning the ability to read, I have to say that of all the Authors I've had the pleasure to know, Larry McMurtry has been my favorite and consistent guide into and through his remarkable imagination.

  • Emily Bowles

    Overall so enjoyable for our long road trip through the very area Gus and Call travelled (glad we were in a car and not on foot). Classic book read very well by the narrator. There were some awkward long pauses maybe between chapters and that is the only quandary.

  • Kenneth kittrell

    great book following young Woodrow and Augustus in the nuances of Ranger life

  • glenice nickel

    Enjoyed this book and others written by mr. Mc urtry. Wish you had all of his books available