Written By: Larry McMurtry

Narrated By: Alfred Molina

Date: May 2002

Duration: 8 hours 0 minutes


From Pulitzer Prize–winning author Larry McMurtry comes the first in a four-volume epic journey through the early American frontier, featuring the Berrybender family, English nobility adrift in the American West in the 1830s.

It is 1830, and the Berrybender family—rich, aristocratic, English, and hopelessly out of place—is on its way up the Missouri River to see the untamed West as it begins to open up. Lord and Lady Berrybender have abandoned their home in England to broaden the horizons for themselves and their three children. With irascible determination—and a great deal of outright chaos—the party experiences both the awesome majesty and brutal savagery of the unexplored land, from buffalo stampedes and natural disasters to Indian raids and encounters with frontiersmen and trappers, explorers, pioneers, and one part-time preacher known as 'the Sin Killer.' Sin Killer, the strong, silent Westerner, captures the heart of the strong-willed, beautiful Berrybender daughter, Tasmin. But their fast developing relationship can only bring more trouble for the Berrybender's.

Packed with breathtaking adventure, charming romance, and a sense of humor stretching clear over the horizon, Sin Killer is a truly unique view of the West that could only come from the boundless skill and imagination of Larry McMurtry.


  • Anonymous

    I liked this story. Especialy the story line about the Daughter and the Sin Killer. I cant wait to read the second book. It does leave you hanging in the end but worth the time.

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  • Anonymous

    kept me interested the whole time I was listening to it.

  • bigorangemoc

    book was good and narrator firstrate. however, expected more insight how sin killer earned moniker. go ahead and get it!

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  • Jeff Thomas

    Takes a while to get characters straight, at first I didn't think I would like it. Very entertaining if you can get into the quirkiness of the people. I ended up with this as one of my favorites. This is first of four in the series, enjoyed every one of them.

  • Anonymous

    I typically love Larry McMurtry's work - although I haven't read any in some time, nor have I read any of the other Berrybender adventures. The book and story line were OK, but it got a little to long and detailed for me in parts.

  • Raven Okeefe

    not exactly what i was expecting from Larry McMurtry, so it took a little while to get into it. at first -- as it begins with a seemingly endless cast of characters -- my reaction was WHAT was i THINKING, this is impossible! but once the story got moving, i got drawn in. it's VERY funny, in a way unlike McMurtry's other writing. imagine "Centennial" done by Monty Python, and you'll have some idea. i will always love Larry McMurtry for "Lonesome Dove," and immensely enjoy much of his other writing -- this one just plain tickles me. can't wait to hear more!

  • Matthew Thomson

    Between the fascinating story and character development and OUTSTANDING READER, this (and those that follow) are what audiobooks are all about - and should be. The reader understands this is acting, not just reading words on paper and holds the listener tightly. The only dissapointment is that the story ends (sort of). The Berrybenders vary between engaging and almost despicable but the mix makes the story along with the cast of characters met along the way.

  • cdfmg

    This is the beginning of a "mini-series" following a family on adventures in early america. Typical of McMurtry's non-ending, but fortunately, there's another episode to follow.

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