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Buffalo Girls Audiobook

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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 (1,373 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:
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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 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by Julia Mcconnell | 2/7/2014

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

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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.