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Download By Sorrow's River: Volume 3 of the Berrybender Narratives Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (951 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry McMurtry Narrator: Alfred Molina Publisher: Simon & Schuster Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2003 ISBN:
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At the heart of this third volume of his Western saga remains the beautiful and determined Tasmin Berrybender, now married to the Sin Killer and mother to their young son, Monty. Although Tasmin intends Montyto be an English gentleman like his grandfather, he lives the childhood of a savage.

By Sorrow's River continues the Berrybender party's trail across the endless Great Plains of the West toward Santa Fe, where those lucky enough to survive the journey intend to spend the winter. Along the way, Tasmin, whose husband, Jim Snow, has moved out to scout ahead, falls in love with Pomp Charbonneau, only to see him killed by the ruthless commander of the Spanish troops.

The Berrybenders meet up with a vast cast of characters from the history of the West: Kit Carson, the famous scout; Le Partezon, the fearsome Sioux war chief; The Ear Taker, an Indian whose specialty is creeping up on people while they are asleep and slicing an ear off with a sharp knife; two aristocratic Frenchmen whose eccentric aim is to cross the Great Plains by hot air balloon; a party of slavers led by the cowardly but bloodthirsty Obregon; a band of raiding Pawnee; and many other astonishing characters who prove that the rolling, grassy plains are not as empty as they look. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 2/15/2014

    " One of Larry McMurtry's best series. Tales of a English family coming to the wild west with their ideals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 1/9/2014

    " Copulation and corpses abound in the third installment of the four-part Berrybender narratives. Luckily, both elements are nicely handled with a steady dose of black humor and sharp dialog. The end is terrific. The best book in the series so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mick | 1/2/2014

    " I just finished this book and I am once again left in awl at McMurtry's abilities. I already checked out the last installment of this series and instead of writing reviews I'm going back to reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shanyn Money | 12/28/2013

    " Third of the Berrybender narratives "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick McNeely | 12/26/2013

    " McMurtry hits his stride. The farcial, glib tone largely disappears as he falls in love with his powerful heroine, Tasmin Berrybender. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Toby | 12/26/2013

    " You know, I had to quit on this. I really like the plots and characters, but McMurtry just spends too much time on sex. Seriously. I listened to only 3 discs out of 10, and there had already been numerous sex scenes, including an adulterous relationship. I'd love it if it were just the western stories of the trappers and all that, but I really just don't enjoy or need to entertain myself with ribald tales of random love affairs. It is unfortunate because the stories are pretty good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Parsons | 12/12/2013

    " Book III of the Berrybender family's trek across the plains in 1833. Life was cheap in the American west with threats of severe weather, smallpox, Indians, slavers and warring Mexicans. Many of our party succumb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robyn | 12/11/2013

    " I have one book left in this series. I'm still looking for the last one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 11/4/2013

    " another great book in the berrybenders series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 10/27/2013

    " enjoyed the story but didn't want it to be a sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrissy | 10/18/2013

    " As the series continues I like the books more and more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 9/29/2013

    " You must read this book. It is one of the best examples of the skillful writing of Larry McMurtry. This book will redefine your impressions of the modern western. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 8/22/2013

    " My favorite so far of all the Berrybender Narratives...the characters seem to hit their stride, and the story feels more real. Off to #4... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue Boyd | 8/21/2013

    " I like McMurtry and his other writings. This was the third of his newest series of the old west. Sometimes very funny and then sometimes so very brutal. (2004) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christi | 8/16/2013

    " Listened to it on CD. The series is pretty sad but I must continue to see what happens to these great characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dale | 7/23/2013

    " Third installment of the series. There's starting to be a little less lampooning, and a little more development. Nicely done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 7/8/2013

    " Listened on CD, the plot keeps me listening although it got a bit rambling and repetitive after awhile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 7/8/2013

    " Wow - a really twisty-turny plot in this one. Loved it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barbara | 4/22/2013

    " Very disappointing. Didn't even finish. Characters were one-dimensional. Scenery vivid. Had the worst parts of the romance genre. Haven't read many westerns but now I wonder if westerns are just romances on the prairie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 2/19/2013

    " This part of the Berrybender Narratives, vol.3. Fascinating, lively, and funny. Larry McMurtry is some kinda genius. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellie | 12/11/2012

    " a great wild west story about the Berrybender family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iamabibliophile | 5/15/2012

    " Can't get enough of the Berrybender antics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hock Tjoa | 3/9/2012

    " I love the lyricism of McMurtry's description of West Texas. Quite apart from his people and the development of their lives and character, he writes about the desert, the dust, the heat - all - with evident reverence and heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ~☆ Alice☆~ | 2/10/2012

    " This is part of the Berrybender Narratives which is part of the large hardback I am reading. I am glad that it got it all together in one book so I don't have to hunt them down. I like most of Larry's writing and this one especially fascinates me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 12/29/2011

    " After the third book, I am getting to know the Berrybenders real well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 12/27/2011

    " I did not enjoy this third book in the series as much as the other two. I was also a bit disappointed in the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cristine | 10/21/2011

    " I thought this would be last of the series but alas there has to be more. By now I want to know what happens to them all, even the characters I don't like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 10/7/2011

    " Just finished this 3rd book in the Berrybender series and loved it just as much as the first two. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim | 9/13/2011

    " I love his books, but was getting tired of this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonsaiforlife | 6/23/2011

    " I liked this book. It flowed alot better then the previous two. I enjoyed it cause it was somewhat hard to put down. Onto #4 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Pym | 5/21/2011

    " The audio book is a brilliant reading by Alfred Molina. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hock | 1/28/2011

    " I love the lyricism of McMurtry's description of West Texas. Quite apart from his people and the development of their lives and character, he writes about the desert, the dust, the heat - all - with evident reverence and heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/24/2011

    " My favorite so far of all the Berrybender Narratives...the characters seem to hit their stride, and the story feels more real. Off to #4... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 8/22/2010

    " After the third book, I am getting to know the Berrybenders real well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonsaiforlife | 8/15/2010

    " I liked this book. It flowed alot better then the previous two. I enjoyed it cause it was somewhat hard to put down. Onto #4 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellie | 9/30/2009

    " a great wild west story about the Berrybender family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christi | 9/29/2009

    " Listened to it on CD. The series is pretty sad but I must continue to see what happens to these great characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 7/17/2009

    " I like McMurtry and his other writings. This was the third of his newest series of the old west. Sometimes very funny and then sometimes so very brutal. (2004) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 2/17/2009

    " You must read this book. It is one of the best examples of the skillful writing of Larry McMurtry. This book will redefine your impressions of the modern western. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natasha | 1/23/2009

    " not McMurtry's best work, but I listened to it as a book on tape during my commute so it was entertaining, if a little improbable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 12/31/2008

    " McMurtry hits his stride. The farcial, glib tone largely disappears as he falls in love with his powerful heroine, Tasmin Berrybender. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robyn | 10/13/2008

    " I have one book left in this series. I'm still looking for the last one. "

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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

Alfred Molina is a three-time Tony nominee. His many films include An Education, Abduction, Spider-Man 2, Frida, Magnolia, Chocolat, Boogie Nights, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Prick Up Your Ears, Enchanted April, and Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes. On television he portrayed Deputy D. A. Ricardo Morales on Law & Order: LA and Eric Sanders on Harry’s Law.