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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (719 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry McMurtry Narrator: Alfred Molina Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Berrybender Narratives Release Date: May 2004 ISBN: 9780743567176
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In the final volume of The Berrybender Narratives, Tasmin and her family are under arrest in Mexican Santa Fe. Tasmin, who would once have followed her husband anywhere, is no longer even sure she likes him, or knows where to go to next. Captain Clark, of Lewis and Clark fame, is puzzled by the great changes sweeping over the West, replacing red men and buffalo with towns and farms.
Jim Snow, Kit Carson and one of Lord Berrybender's many illegitimate offspring make their way back to Santa Fe. But even they are unable to prevent the Mexicans from carrying the Berrybender family on a long and terrible journey across the desert to Vera Cruz. Beset by Indians and hounded by their Mexican guards, the Berrybenders endure all the horror of the Jornado del Muerto -- the legendary Dead Man's Walk. The Mexican commander of the party falls in love with Tasmin, with unhappy consequences.
Starving, dying of thirst, they finally make their way to New Orleans, where Jim Snow has to choose between Tasmin and the great American plains. And after all her adventures, Tasmin must finally decide where her future lies. Download and start listening now!

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  • “Like a cross between John Ford and Quentin Tarantino: a genre-bending Western farce that follows the misadventures and couplings of a sprawling English family and its hangers-on as it makes its roundabout way across the West in the 1830s.”

    New York Times

  • “In this tale of the exploration and exploitation of the West, McMurtry is telling us something about our checkered past—and perhaps about our uncertain present.”

    People

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LindaD | 2/18/2014

    " British family in New Mexico during the settling of the west? What could go wrong? "

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

    " Enjoyable- I listened to this series on audio. The narrator was excellent and the story rather compelling. I like the way McMurtry weaves history into his stories. Definitely different from all notions I have of the westerns genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellie | 1/29/2014

    " 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 Randylee | 1/26/2014

    " This is the final part of the series and it was a great series to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shanyn Money | 1/19/2014

    " Last of the Berrybender narratives "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue Boyd | 12/21/2013

    " Love his books...2006 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TOTO from Kansas | 12/19/2013

    " One of the BEST SERIES I have every read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melodee | 9/22/2013

    " This was the fourth part of a series McMurtry wrote about the adventures of a British family who take a trip across the American West in the 1830s. I read it very quickly, because I got so involved in the storyline. It is written with a lot of humor. I enjoyed all four books immensely. I recommend them for anyone who likes a good Western. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 9/7/2013

    " Poignant conclusion to fascinating series. This series was so unusual, but so good. Loved the realistic portrayal of STRONG female characters. Enjoyed the historical characters, particularly the Texans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dale | 9/5/2013

    " Good end to the series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynne | 8/8/2013

    " Disappointing 4th book in the Berrybender series. Too sad and too violent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 7/11/2013

    " 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 Diane | 3/1/2013

    " A family under house arrest must travel from Texas to New Mexico. Many events along the way, including the Alamo. Subplots add interest. Historical fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrissy | 2/14/2013

    " I was so sad to let the Barrybender's go after this final book in the series. I wanted to be part of their lives longer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Parsons | 1/17/2013

    " Fourth and final book in the Berrybender series. Many die, yet life goes on. The Sin Killer, Jim Snow, does battle and loses himself and his wife Tasmin in the process. Lord Berrybender dies in the Alamo. McMurtry again asks, "What does it all mean?" and again provides no answer, as it should be. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Landismom | 10/31/2012

    " For some unknown reason, I read this whole series, even though it really isn't good at all. My lifelong devotion to Larry McMurtry has been sorely tested in recent years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 8/14/2011

    " great book..love the berrybenders "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marty Nicholas | 8/7/2011

    " There was more to this final volume in the Berrybender Narratives, but I'll never know. The Pomp Charbonneau fiasco, coupled with the "Real Housewives of Santa Fe" plot drove me to set this book aside at p.104. There are other, MUCH better books to read. Michael Connelly, here I come. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick McNeely | 7/15/2011

    " The fitting ending to a wonderful epic, as the characters and plot come full circle. Great stuff, will keep you reading into the wee hours. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel Avery | 7/7/2010

    " Wow, what a finish! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim | 4/2/2010

    " Even though Iw as tiring of these characters and the story, I still had to read it. Kind of glad he was wrapping this one up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerome | 11/25/2008

    " A typical McMurty story and last of the series makes for light reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cristine | 9/5/2008

    " It is quite amazing that anyone survived that period in American history. It seemed like their life experiences in 4 years would be the equivalent of a full lifetime in present day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 7/15/2008

    " All the Berrybender books are great. Exploring the frontier, hot sex in the wild, and Larry's always present great sense of humor. Read all his books. Now! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 3/24/2008

    " The last of a great series. I was sad to see this adventures wrap up. Read it here before it becomes a blockbuster movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A.J.K. | 2/1/2008

    " It's McMurtry. What else is there to say. Good read. I found it an overly easy read...just took about a week to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Val | 11/4/2007

    " It made me cry.... It was good though. I think if he kept going with the series, i'd keep going with him. :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan Piette | 9/9/2007

    " The last of the Berrybender saga "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belsherj | 3/2/2007

    " Very sad. The best book of the series "

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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.