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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (922 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry McMurtry Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2000 ISBN:
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Boone's Lick is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry's triumphant return to the kind of story that made him famous - an enthralling tale of the 19th-century West. McMurtry brings his unique blend of historical fact and sheer storytelling genius to the Cecil family's arduous journey from Boone's Lick, Missouri, to Fort Phil Kearny in Wyoming. Fifteen-year-old Shay describes the journey that begins when his Ma, Mary Margaret, decides to hunt down her elusive husband, Dick, to tell him she's leaving him.

The family sets out across the plains in search of him, encountering grizzly bears, stormy weather, and hostile Indians as they go. With them are Shay's siblings G.T., Neva, and Baby Marcy, Shay's uncle Seth, his Granpa Crackenthorpe, and Mary Margaret's beautiful half-sister Rose. During their journey they pick up a bare-footed priest named Father Villy, and a Snake Indian named Charlie Seven Days, and persuade them to come along.

Boone's Lick is high adventure, a perfect Western tale and a moving love story - it is vintage McMurtry, combining his brilliant character portraits, his unerring sense of the West and his unrivalled eye for the telling detail. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phyllis | 2/8/2014

    " Another of Larry McMurtry's Old West stories (remember Lonesome Dove?). This one is narrated by a 15-year-old boy as his mother takes the family from Missouri by wagon and river boat up to Wyoming to look for her wandering husband. Thoroughly enjoyable tale about the resiliency of the pioneers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacey | 2/8/2014

    " My least favorite by McMurtry. Well written, but lacks oomph. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanvir Muntasim | 2/3/2014

    " Another good western from the old master, who keeps at stripping away the layers of myth around the old West, but that makes it much more humane, universal and relatable. Smooth and flowing narrative that can be finished in one sitting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 1/24/2014

    " There were a few mistakes in this book, like Mr. McMurtry wrote it in a hurry, but it was still a fun quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 1/20/2014

    " Hadn't read any of McMurtry's work in many years but was a big fan of the "Lonesome Dove" genre so I was very pleased to find a BUNCH of his new books in the local library. "Boone's Lick" is of that type, with strong, well developed, characters and an outrageous story line. If you like a really good storyteller, McMurtry's the man. I also picked up three of his more recent books and just started "Zeke and Ned"! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ricky Orr | 1/20/2014

    " 9 months after reading this book, I don't remember what it was about. Must not have been too good - I'm lowering my 2-star rating I previously gave this book down to a 1-star rating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tango | 1/13/2014

    " Another great Western from McMurtry. His characters, as always, are unique and interesting. This one is much shorter than others like Lonesome Dove so it felt more like a short story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/8/2014

    " This short book, picked up in Portland at Powell's for an airplane trip, lasted for the trip. It is not a very hard book, but is full of great characters, which is what McMurtry does best. The mother,in the book, Mary Margaret,reminds me of some of my foremothers. She is focused and driven and she knows what she wants. She is not a sissy; she doesn't cry like a girl when her wagon breaks down. The story, told by her son Shay, is historical fiction, I think, and paints a colorful portrait of the people who lived in the Wild West from Missouri and out along the Oregon Trail. A less than romantic picture of military forts along the way, is good for our sense of authenticity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jimmy | 1/5/2014

    " The whole series was well worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 1/5/2014

    " Enjoyable fun short-ish story about a family that travels across the country in frontier times because their father was a wanderer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liana | 12/28/2013

    " It's quick and easy to read. The first McMurtry I've ever read. I would read more. But at the same time, I would expect more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dale | 12/21/2013

    " McMurty is one of my favorite authors, no doubt about it now. This story reminded me just a little of As I Lay Dying. Yes, it's completely different in many ways - but the feel was similar. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Whittington | 12/7/2013

    " Lighter than most of his other books, but it still felt like a good take on life in the old west. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 emily | 11/28/2013

    " i am a snob. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 11/9/2013

    " A western of sorts ... more about the tenacity of a prairie mother, left to raise her children by a husband who takes jobs out west and comes home every 2-3 years. A good read, albeit a bit simplistic. Different than most of the things I read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne Auckerman | 11/4/2013

    " Listened to it on audio and it was very entertaining, as I always find his books to me. Mary Margaret was a strong character that drove the action of most of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Boris | 9/28/2012

    " A good read set in the post civil war west.It has cowboys and Indians and a feisty frontier wife. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 9/25/2012

    " I'm not much for westerns but this one kept me reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 3/3/2012

    " I love a good western. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron Ice | 2/9/2012

    " Counting on yourself "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 1/18/2012

    " this is a great book. i found myself laughing out loud several times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greta Roussos | 11/23/2011

    " McMurtry wraps the 1868 Fetterman massacre around a family's journey from Boone's Lick, Missouri to Wyoming. An entertaining travelog to the West also serves as a lesson about the history of settler contact with Native Americans. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 11/22/2011

    " I'm not much of a western or McMurtry fan. I picked this book up because it had to do with my home state. But it turned out to be only because that is where the family started their western trek. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwyn | 8/13/2011

    " One of McMurtry's best stories. Enjoyed the journey west on the Oregon Trail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Zimmerman | 6/10/2011

    " Almost a sped up, tweaked version of the Berrybender Narratives. Very fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 3/11/2011

    " This book was a quick read. It was entertaining. I really like Larry McMurtry, but this wasn't one of his best books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 11/14/2010

    " I wanted to continue with the Lonesome Dove series, but didn't want to go through them too quickly, so I picked up this book. And I was disappointed. Back to the series I went! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jimmy | 11/14/2010

    " The whole series was well worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 10/6/2010

    " I'm not much of a western or McMurtry fan. I picked this book up because it had to do with my home state. But it turned out to be only because that is where the family started their western trek. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Boris | 7/27/2010

    " A good read set in the post civil war west.It has cowboys and Indians and a feisty frontier wife. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 2/21/2010

    " There were a few mistakes in this book, like Mr. McMurtry wrote it in a hurry, but it was still a fun quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Midge | 1/26/2010

    " This is a fast-paced, funny, wild western story by the author of "Lonesome Dove." I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this CD version. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 11/24/2009

    " Listened to it on audio and it was very entertaining, as I always find his books to me. Mary Margaret was a strong character that drove the action of most of the book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ricky | 8/29/2009

    " 9 months after reading this book, I don't remember what it was about. Must not have been too good - I'm lowering my 2-star rating I previously gave this book down to a 1-star rating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KristiJ | 8/18/2009

    " Larry McMurtry never fails to completely enthrall me with his stories of the Old West. I particularly enjoy the many shades of female characters he writes about. Another fascinating and completely enjoyable McMurtry read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 5/8/2009

    " My first Western and it was a comedy. Very light and very funny! Larry McMurtry is a very versatile author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 4/25/2009

    " Road trip just after the War Between the States that features native peoples, bad warriors and western expansion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 3/21/2009

    " Boone's Lick was a disappointment. I love anything Larry McMurtry writes, but this this was a short little novel without much to recommend it. "

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About the Author
Author Larry McMurtry

Larry McMurtry is an award-winning novelist, essayist, Oscar-winning screenwriter, and avid book collector. His novels include The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, and Lonesome Dove, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Archer City, Texas.

About the Narrator

Will Patton is an award–winning actor who has narrated audiobooks by such authors as Charles Frazier, Larry McMurtry, Don DeLillo, and Ernest Hemingway. He has won thirty-two AudioFile Earphones Award for his narrations. His numerous film credits include Remember the Titans, The Punisher, The Mothman Prophesies, Armageddon, and The Spitfire Grill. He starred in the TNT miniseries Into the West and on the CBS series The Agency and won Obie Awards in the theater for his performances in Fool for Love and What Did He See.