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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:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Randylee | 1/26/2014

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

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