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Publisher's 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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It’s no “Lonesome Dove”, but still a fun listen!

This story doesn’t even come close to the masterpiece of Lonesome Dove but I still found it to be worth the listen. It’s fun to watch some of our favourite characters from Lonesome Dove in their early years as their characters begin to take shape. I thought the narration was fantastic. The story wasn’t my favourite though, the plot felt lacking. Even after finishing the book you couldn’t really tell what the point or the plot line of the book was. There were a lot of characters that were always changing and hard to keep track of. It was more focused on gore and fighting than Lonesome Dove and even Streets of Laredo.

Overall, it isn’t a must read but is worth the listen if you’ve already listened to Lonesome Dove & Streets of Laredo and you are looking to hear more stories about Gus and Cal and their adventures together.

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Lots of potential but too many contrived things so it feels fake

The writer is funny and interesting it starts out great but then it just becomes less and less believable because of all the contrived bits I don’t recommend it

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  • Richard
  • 2008-11-05

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.
  • 2010-09-25

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
  • 2016-11-15

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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  • 2011-08-02

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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  • roger hassell
  • 2019-01-07

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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  • TX1836
  • 2017-01-03

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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  • Scott
  • 2014-07-05

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
  • 2010-04-13

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
  • 2015-05-29

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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  • steve morton
  • 2020-05-18

Why? Different Narrators?

I listen to and thoroughly enjoyed, Lonesome Dove. I wanted more and purchased, Dead Man’s Walk. I’m barely into the story and am very frustrated that the Narrator’s voice, inflection, presentation, etc. is not even close to, Lonesome Dove.
Are all the books in this series different? Don’t they think ahead? Is this a ‘rocket science’ question. I almost feel like canceling this book and purchase, Dead Man’s Walk, in paperback instead. (The series should be performed by the same narrator! Yes, the books are years apart so, do first ones over.)
I will listen a little longer but, I’m very disappointed NOT hearing Gus McCray’s voice!!

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