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3.00072780203785 out of 53.00072780203785 out of 53.00072780203785 out of 53.00072780203785 out of 53.00072780203785 out of 5 3.00 (1,374 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry McMurtry Narrator: Betty Buckley Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1990 ISBN: 9780743542180
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In a letter to her daughter back East, Martha Jane is not shy about her own importance: “Martha Jane—better known as Calamity—is just one of the handful of aging legends who travel to London as part of Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show in Buffalo Girls.” As he describes the insatiable curiosity of Calamity’s Indian friend No Ears, Annie Oakley’s shooting match with Lord Windhouveren, and other highlights of the tour, McMurtry turns the story of a band of hardy, irrepressible survivors into an unforgettable portrait of love, fellowship, dreams, and heartbreak.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/19/2014

    " too much of the author in this one, though Martha Jane was extremely charming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 2/12/2014

    " An historical fiction account of the period after the Wild West has passed its hay day that centers around the character of Calamity Jane. While Calamity is the central character, the novel is as much about Dora DuFran, T. Blue Abbott, Buffalo Bill Cody, and fictional(?) Bartle Bone, Jim Ragg, No Ears, and others, both real and fictional, as it is about Calamity Jane. All the characters struggle in different ways to come to grips with the increasingly settled Wild West, trying to find ways of making a living when their particular skills are increasingly obsolete, and trying to understand and rationalize their own part in the West's history. No Ears, the diminutive, elderly Indian character provides the reflective, philosophical narrator voice that provides much insight into the characters and the times. McMurtry also underscores how these legends, this Western "history," is as much tale as fact through the characters' reflections on the truth of their own and others legendary accomplishments, and directly summarizes this in his very last afterwords to the novel in which he compliments the shades of his many characters "whose stories outgrew their lives." Yet another underscoring of how blurry is the line between historical fact and fiction. An enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russell L | 2/9/2014

    " good book about the wild west and the colorful characters who made the west "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia Mcconnell | 2/7/2014

    " I love McMurtry's language, but this elegy for the Wild West can make you feel blue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 2/5/2014

    " Clamity Jane is the narrator of this book. For anyone that likes the show DEADWOOD, especially women, I think you would like this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 1/30/2014

    " This book brought the west to life in it's rich and funny characters. A great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 1/30/2014

    " Interesting biography of a interesting woman....Jane had a very sad and difficult life, yet amazing perseverance and strength. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 fyc | 1/25/2014

    " True to form, Larry McMurtry has written another book I call a favorite! Calamity Jane, Dora DuFran, Buffalo Bill and the entire cast were brought to life by the author's unparalleled ability to to develop his characters. I laughed and I cried. I was entertained and look forward to reading it again another time. I just couldn't get enough of it! McMurtry leads the reader to see the west in a new and different way from it's portrayal in the old westerns on TV and it is such a delight! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janie M. | 1/24/2014

    " Wonderful characters, and mesmerized by Betty Buckley's reading of it. Could not imagine why McMurtry almost ruined it on the last page with an ending that didn't add anything to the beauty of the story, and was so demeaning to Calamity Jane. "

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

    " Still has a lot of humor that his other books have, but a little more depressing and sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J.M. | 12/19/2013

    " I love westerns, and while this one has a twist near the end that almost unhinged it for me, I enjoyed it a lot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele | 12/6/2013

    " This conjures up a flavor of the old wild west, right about the time old-timers were saying it wasn't so wild anymore. Calamity Jane figures in heavily, and McMurtry uses her letters to her daughter to provide exposition and move the story along. I'm enjoyed it, though it's really light reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorraine | 11/29/2013

    " Not a huge Larry McMurty fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ns | 11/29/2013

    " I liked it. It's a McMurtry novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mer | 11/22/2013

    " I wanted it to be better, and I kept hoping until the end. It did answer questions, so I wasn't left without closure - mostly, but it was a lot slower than I wanted it to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teddy | 10/29/2013

    " Interesting. Took a while to get into, but enjoyed it. Really depressing ending, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Auxier | 10/16/2013

    " This is one of my favorite books by Larry McMurtry. I've read most of his novels, but this one really stood out to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ricky Orr | 10/1/2013

    " At first I didn't think this book was special, but my opinion began changing with each new page. As the characters in the story age and fade like the wild west, I formed a connection with the characters and I felt their longing for the glory of a bye-gone era. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tag | 8/4/2013

    " Required reading for a college history course. Never liked being told what to read... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Isaac | 5/22/2013

    " It's seem like an outline of historical characters, this book was full of sorrow, misery, and drunkenness, but unlike Lonesome Dove, there was no tension or drama to keep you attached to any of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 5/8/2013

    " This book starts slowly but it does deliver in the second half. A fun summer read with many sad parts. It's almost like he wrote it for the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 1/12/2013

    " calamity Jane is great in this book.her love for wild bill ..awesome story "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eliel | 9/28/2012

    " I enjoy reading a well written western. This book was not one of them. Character development seemed laborious and dull and the story lacked good continuity. A far cry from Lonesome Dove. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 9/15/2012

    " McMurtry has the best character development and most entertaining dialog. You can't help but love the characters and feel like you know them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim Felton | 2/25/2012

    " Reading this with the Rathdrum Library Book club. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 8/20/2011

    " I love McMurtry's western fiction, though this one was not my favorite. It was enjoyable though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Novella | 6/20/2011

    " This is one of my favorite Larry McMurtry novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanie | 6/17/2011

    " I love this book! I picked it up on a whim, with no expectations whatsoever, and I adored it. It made me laugh out loud several times, and almost cry at others. I would not say I am typically a fan of westerns, either, but reading this book was so enjoyable that I should probably find more McMurtry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 5/23/2011

    " I love McMurtry's language, but this elegy for the Wild West can make you feel blue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlene | 4/7/2011

    " I wish I could remember this better, the only McMurtry I've read. I love westerns and I love westerns with a feminine angle, and I recall this being a lovely book - not much else I'm afraid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Novella | 4/2/2011

    " This is one of my favorite Larry McMurtry novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lura | 3/2/2011

    " It's been years since I read this - I was in high school at the time - so I don't remember that much about it. Just that I loved it.

    If I can find my copy, I'll reread it and see if I still feel the same. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tag | 12/18/2010

    " Required reading for a college history course. Never liked being told what to read... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hannah | 12/7/2010

    " doesn't quite hit the intensity of lonesome dove, however buffalo girls is an entertaining read for sure. i'm not sure if i liked the plot or if i just love western history... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russell | 2/2/2010

    " good book about the wild west and the colorful characters who made the west "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/25/2010

    " I had thison my shelf for years before I finally got around to reading it. A great true adventure story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jan C | 10/29/2009

    " I was disappointed in this book. It was a good, adventurous read most of the way through.

    But in the end ... I threw it across the room. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ricky | 9/19/2009

    " At first I didn't think this book was special, but my opinion began changing with each new page. As the characters in the story age and fade like the wild west, I formed a connection with the characters and I felt their longing for the glory of a bye-gone era. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ns | 7/4/2009

    " I liked it. It's a McMurtry novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J.M. | 5/29/2009

    " I love westerns, and while this one has a twist near the end that almost unhinged it for me, I enjoyed it a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 5/26/2009

    " Story of the women in the frontier that could ride, shoot, hunt buffalo, were in the Wild West Show of Buffalo Bill's. good book "

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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

Betty Buckley won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats. She has also appeared on Broadway in Triumph of Love (Tony nomination) and Sunset Boulevard (Olivier Award), and in 1776, Pippin, Song and Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Carrie. Her film credits include The Happening, Carrie, Tender Mercies, Frantic, Another Woman, and Wyatt Earp. She has received two Emmy nominations for her television appearances.