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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,116 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry McMurtry Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lonesome Dove Series Release Date: October 1995 ISBN: 9780743573085
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Dead Man’s Walk is the first, extraordinary book in the epic Lonesome Dove tetralogy, in which Larry McMurtry breathed new life into the vanished American West and created two of the most memorable heroes in contemporary fiction: Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call.

As young Texas Rangers, Gus and Call have much to learn about survival in a land fraught with perils: not only the blazing heat and raging tornadoes, roiling rivers and merciless Indians but also the deadly whims of soldiers. On their first expeditions—led by incompetent officers and accompanied by the robust, dauntless whore known as the Great Western—they will face death at the hands of the cunning Comanche war chief Buffalo Hump and the silent Apache Gomez, they will be astonished by the Mexican army, and Gus will meet the love of his life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In Dead Man’s Walk, McMurtry uses a simple, wry, immensely accessible storyteller’s voice to ponder the same questions that Melville and Conrad did. This is a great book…Larry McMurtry, at his best here, is one of the finest American novelists, ever. We are lucky he’s around.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • Dead Man’s Walk…suceeds marvelously…resurrecting two brilliantly conceived characters and delivering a rousing tale of the Wild West.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “McMurtry’s adept storytelling paints a portrait of the wild West that at times is palpable. One can almost smell the campfires, the body odors, and the long-awaited piece of meat after weeks without a proper meal.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “In this prequel to his Pulitzer Prize–winning Lonesome Dove  [McMurtry] shows himself to be in top form…From opening line to last page, this marvelous novel—part soap opera, part slapstick, part tragedy—is impossible to put down.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wandering0ne | 2/13/2014

    " A very enjoyable read, start to finish. The author does not waist time or words, is very adept at telling a gripping and compelling story fluidly and with great skill. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angus MacDonald | 1/26/2014

    " McMurtry does it again with this prequel of Lonesome Dove "

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

    " There are some images and now metaphors in this book I'll remember forever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wes F | 1/10/2014

    " Another great McMurtry read in the "Lonesome Dove" series--this one a prequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 1/6/2014

    " 4.3....... I enjoyed this entire series...! "

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

    " Wonderful prequel!! I have missed these characters of lonesome dove! "

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

    " Who would of thought I would ever be intrested in a cowboy saga? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean Bryan | 12/27/2013

    " More limited in scope and characters than Lonesome Dove, but still a fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nora | 12/21/2013

    " My least favorite in the Lonesome Dove series, but still a fun read with a great cast of characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sebastian | 12/19/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. This is the first western I've read so I can not compare it to another. It was wild, gruesome, and fun. I don't like too much character development in my fun fiction. I think this had the right amount of fun twists and easy reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Theresa Pirrelli | 12/13/2013

    " Currently reading and I'm somewhat disappointed. Not surprised because as much as I loved Lonesome Dove, I did not care for Streets of Laredo. After reading the whole thing, I took a star away. Are we sure this was written by Larry McMurtry? Really crappy story and ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 12/10/2013

    " The best McMurtry western I've read yet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharonewoods | 10/28/2013

    " Not Larry McMurtry's best novel, but entertaining all the same, especially if you are a fan of the characters of Gus and Call. Made me want to read "Lonesome Dove" again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andre | 7/24/2013

    " Great Prequel. For those who love Gus and Call it's a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rae | 3/25/2013

    " The prequel to Lonesome Dove in which we find out how Gus and Woodrow came to be Texas Rangers and good friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 3/10/2013

    " It's not Lonesome Dove. . . but for those of us who can't get enough of Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call. . . well, it's worth the visit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurelyn | 1/27/2013

    " I had trouble getting into this book, but was eventually hooked. It is definitely a sobering look at the "wild west" and our country's foundations. I do plan on reading the series; mostly to get to the award-winning Lonesome Dove... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 June | 10/4/2012

    " I really like this writer and found this a very fun read, though a little more violent than "Lonesome Dove." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 9/19/2012

    " Be warned, very little good happens to our heroes, Augustus McRae and Woodrow Call, in this first (chronologically) installment of the Lonesome Dove series... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 9/11/2012

    " I am still thinking through this book. There is plenty to criticize. It keeps you interested though, and I suppose that's the main thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kira | 7/27/2012

    " Brilliant! Completely one of the most original endings of any book I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 6/15/2012

    " It wasn't Lonesome Dove, but worth reading if you were a fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeri | 5/14/2012

    " Once I categorized this as something my dad would read but have now decided that McMurtry is definitely on my to-read list. The characters were believable, interesting, and fun. The story was engaging and hard to put down. I look forward to reading the next one in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mirah W | 2/19/2012

    " Love this one...not as good as Lonesome Dove, but it's nice to read about the lives of Gus and Woodrow when they were younger. Reading about them as younger men really explains their personalities and quirks when they are older. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 9/3/2011

    " This is one of the four books in the Lonesome Dove series. I read Lonesome Dove first, but it is best to read book one of the series first. The four books follow the careers of two Texas Rangers from their early years until old age. The storyline is excellent, the characters likable and believable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/21/2011

    " This book was fantastic! Especially after having recently traveled through the southwest! Going to read the whole series. Comanche Moon is next. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 5/22/2011

    " A heavier book than normal from him, but his style is so quirky that I still found him worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 3/16/2011

    " Excellent old west story! Now I am going to read Lonesome Dove. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharonewoods | 3/13/2011

    " Not Larry McMurtry's best novel, but entertaining all the same, especially if you are a fan of the characters of Gus and Call. Made me want to read "Lonesome Dove" again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 3/7/2011

    " This is the beginnings of Gus and Woodrow's relatonship. Classic Larry McMurtry "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeri | 11/28/2010

    " Once I categorized this as something my dad would read but have now decided that McMurtry is definitely on my to-read list. The characters were believable, interesting, and fun. The story was engaging and hard to put down. I look forward to reading the next one in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kip | 11/17/2010

    " If you just want more Gus and Woodrow, go for it. If you're looking for a great read on the level of Lonesome Dove, this isn't it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 11/14/2010

    " Perhaps my least favorite in the series, but still a well written and highly enjoyable read. "

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

    " I feel like I know these characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 10/31/2010

    " Although I admire the descriptions of the Texas landscape (I live in the San Antonio area), I could not stay interested in the story. This was the first Larry McMurtry book I've read, and I hope that the next one I read lives up to the author's reputation (well-deserved, I'm sure). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 10/23/2010

    " not as good as "Lonesome Dove"...one of my favorite books....but still
    very interesting regarding characters Gus and Woodrow in their early years "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lurinda | 9/18/2010

    " Cool to read about the geezers as younguns...mostly interested because I got so enamored of them in Lonesome Dove. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jericho | 9/14/2010

    " Not typically my genre but...I like. "

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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.