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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,424 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry McMurtry Narrator: Frank Muller Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lonesome Dove Series Release Date: November 1997 ISBN: 9780743573016
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A brilliant and haunting novel richly capable of standing on its own, Comanche Moon completes Larry McMurtry’s epic cycle of novels of the American West that began with the Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece, Lonesome Dove.

We join Texas Rangers August McCrae and Woodrow F. Call as they are just beginning to deal with the perplexing tensions of adult life—Gus, and his great love, Clara Forsythe, Call and Maggie Tilton, the young whore who loves him—when they enlist with a Ranger troop in pursuit of Buffalo Hump, the great Comanche war chief; Kicking Wolf, the celebrated Comanche horse thief; and a deadly Mexican bandit king with a penchant for torture.

Comanche Moon joins the twenty-year time line between Dead Man’s Walk and Lonesome Dove, as we follow Gus, Call, and their comrades-in-arms—Deets, Jake Spoon, and Pea Eye Parker—in their bitter struggle to protect an advancing western frontier against the defiant Comanches, determined to defend their territory and way of life.

At once realistic and yet vividly imagined, Comanche Moon is a giant of an audiobook and the keystone to a mighty achievement of storytelling. An epic adventure full of heroism, tragedy, cruelty, courage, honor and betrayal, Comanche Moon is the culmination of Larry McMurtry’s peerless vision of the American West.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is a fantastic read, in many ways the best and gutsiest of the series…Incredible beauty and lightning-quick violence are the bookends of his West, but it is the in-between moments of suffering and boredom where McMurtry shines. The suffering is poignant and heart-rending; the boredom tempered with doses of Augustus McCrae’s sharp humor. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself crying and laughing on the same page.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/19/2014

    " I guess Comanche Moon wasn't THAT bad, but I was horribly disappointed because I love Lonesome Dove so much. The first half held my interest, but I struggled to finish (in fact, I took a break and read Catching Fire when I was about 2/3 through, which I never do). Gus and Call, two of my favorite literary characters of all time, seemed like 2-dimensional shells of themselves, and Clara and Maggie really added nothing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 2/14/2014

    " Totally fun to read but the weakest of the Lonesome Dove foursome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod Zemke | 2/12/2014

    " A prolific and talented author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon | 2/9/2014

    " There's a lot more aimless wandering in this one, both by the characters and the author. This mostly exists to get all the pieces on the board for Lonesome Dove. Not bad but the weakest of the bunch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marci | 2/9/2014

    " I liked Lonesome Dove better. And I thought some of it was too crass and dirty. He is writing about rough characters, wild people, and Indian torture methods and I thought he still got too crass and a little too hard. Lonesome Dove has most of the same people, but they seem more developed and real, where in this book a few were pushed to the unrealistic side. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 1/24/2014

    " Is this the best of all the stories of Augustus and Woodrow? I think so, I admire Buffalo Hump and Kicking Wolf so much. I hate when I come to the end of McMurtry's wonderful stories! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corley | 1/15/2014

    " I really ot into Lonesome Dove back in July of 09 I think after I first watched the series. I really liked Call for some reason, & of course Gus, Maggie, & everyone else. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie | 1/14/2014

    " The best book in the Lonesome Dove series in my opinion. Brutal, funny and fascinating. The characters of Inish and Inez Skull are great additions to the whole series. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 1/14/2014

    " Nice precurser to Lonesome Dove - tho the book does not really grab hold of me like LD did. This was a good read, & valuable for back story on several characters. "

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

    " prequel to lonesome dove - this one was very violent and, though a lot of the characters were the same, it just wasn't as compelling as Lonesome Dove. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rae | 12/14/2013

    " More adventures with Augustus McRae and Woodrow Call as they fight Indians on the frontier. Fun stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 12/12/2013

    " The best of the prequels/sequels to "Lonesome Dove." In Comanche Moon, Gus and Call are at the height of their powers... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Shilstone | 12/2/2013

    " Guy does the Old West real good in all of his tomes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kira | 11/24/2013

    " This is so worth the ending- one of the most creative endings ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marty | 10/31/2013

    " This book gave me a look into real, dirty cowboys minds. They love to ride horses, kill indians, sleep under the stars and "couple" in whorehouses. On average they think about "coupling" every other page. They are dirty, dirty, boys, which is why I liked it so much! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lewis Weinstein | 9/29/2013

    " Lonesome Dove was outstanding, so is Comanche Moon, which chronologically comes first. An immersion into a different time and place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 6/20/2013

    " Larry McMurtry's "Lonesome Dove" is one of my all-time favorite books. This one is the prequel to it. I think it was almost every bit as good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne Duggan | 5/2/2013

    " Just sat through the mini-series on TV and was told that the book is "even bloodier." So, I decided to read it and see! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 3/4/2013

    " This has been a great series to revisit. What a wonderful writer! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Perry | 3/2/2013

    " A little less cartoony than I remembered. Lonesome Dove series is epic in scope. Amazing. @PerryMissner "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 12/27/2012

    " Very exciting and engaging reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 5/16/2012

    " This man is so erratic, but he's a writer who writes with authority about the great Western saga--and he has a sense of humor that's off the charts, but also hard to explain to my friends. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe Mossa | 3/31/2012

    " this is one of the most violent books i have read. those comanches could be mean..lol. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 12/26/2011

    " I really loved Lonesome Dove and I own a copy of the book and the DVD. Both have been reread and reviewed. I loved the characters that were created by Mr. McMurtry. Unfortunately, there's just no topping Lonesome Dove no matter how much you want it to be so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula Steinhoff | 9/7/2011

    " Think I'm about done with Larry McMurty. Love him, but I've had enough of scalpings and other torturing techniques! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Turner | 4/15/2011

    " Another good read that holds your attention and takes you to another time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rustin | 3/17/2011

    " Entertaining, but it doesn't really match up with Lonesome Dove. McMurtry should have been more consistent with his story lines. Still, it's worth the read and it will keep you flipping the pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 2/25/2011

    " McMurtry really tells a story that holds the reader. The characters are so well developed and belivable. The time period can be romantasized so easily, but all McMurtry's westerns keep it grounded. "

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

    " Not quite as good as Lonesome Dove, but still a great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony | 1/13/2011

    " Quite a large tome. It took me quite awhile to read, but was well-worth the time. It was neat to read about young(er) Gus and Call and all the adventures before Lonesome Dove. Very well written, as you could "see" everything around you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 1/6/2011

    " I'd recommend it to any Lonesome Dove fan, if for no other reason than to discovery how Blue Duck got his start. I also am not sure any writer can top McMurtry's villains, and Comanche Moon may have his fiercest villains of all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kip | 11/26/2010

    " didn't hold me. not enough Gus and Woodrow development and another story of weather, Indians, I'm sure hunger and thirst soon enough. too much 'here's the origin' of minor characters. bummed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 11/14/2010

    " A fitting end to the series, even if it is out of chronological orderr. "

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

    " Can't get enough of this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dev | 9/25/2010

    " An excellent story told it w/insight and compassion. The further adventures of Woodrow and Gus always entertain and inform and bring a good dose of heartwarming humanity along w/equal amounts of heartbreak. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 9/2/2010

    " Fun read with the possible exception of vivid sexual behavior. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kira | 7/13/2010

    " This is so worth the ending- one of the most creative endings ever. "

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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

Frank Muller (1951–2008) was an Audie Award–winning narrator. A classically trained actor, Frank appeared on both television and the stage. His credits include Hamlet, The Crucible, The Taming of the Shrew, The Importance of Being Earnest, Law & Order, All My Children, and many, many more. In 1999 Frank was awarded the AudioFile Lifetime Achievement Award, the top honor in the audiobook community. He has also won twenty-three Earphones Awards.