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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (186 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry McMurtry Narrator: Henry Strozier Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2009 ISBN: 9781449809065
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In Literary Life, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Larry McMurtry opens up about the triumphs and trials of his abundant literary career. Relaying his early interest in writing that began with a creative writing class at Rice University, to a career that boasts over forty novels and an Academy Award®–winning screenplay, this intimate portrait of the author offers a glimpse into an intelligent, honest, and undeniably profound voice in contemporary American literature. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mr. McMurtry is an outsider with insider stories and connections…Strewn through this book’s loose narrative are stories about things like eating chicken gizzards and attending a stock car race in Texas with Susan Sontag…The book is also, happily, filled with his literary enthusiasms.”

    New York Times

  • “A master reflects on the joy of writing…An invitation into the working writer’s head.”

    Boston Globe

  • “In this, the second of three planned memoirs, McMurtry takes a laconic look back over a life in letters that now includes some forty books and an equal number of screenplays…McMurtry’s understated style is charming and deceptively sophisticated.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An enjoyable and revealing look at the thoughts and career of a great writer.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 2/16/2014

    " This reminded me very much of "Letter from Reachfar" by my beloved Jane Duncan. Although I love McMurtry, I am not his typical reader, because "Somebody's Darling" and "Cadillac Jack" are two of my favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Mize | 2/13/2014

    " I enjoyed this book, I'd give it maybe a 3.5. Some of the stories were interesting, other times I felt like he was reaching deep and name dropping just to fill up a book's worth of literary experiences when really he probably needn't try that hard at all...he's been writing for decades. I would have liked to see him do something more like Stephen King's On Writing, which is a great book. Overall, it was interesting and a quick read. I wish he would have expanded more on the books he talked about, or included more. I wish he'd told us the list of books in his re-read library that he keeps close at hand. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Harris | 2/12/2014

    " I was disappointed in this memoir, though it was definitely interesting if you enjoy McMurtry's work. I wanted more juicy details about how each of his novels came to be. There were a few - like how Lonesome Dove got its title and which one of his novels he thinks is his best work (Duane's Depressed). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 F. John | 2/6/2014

    " I liked the way he writes. He seems real down-to-earth. He talked about writing, books, writers and a little about the writing life. I got some ideas for further reading from this book and about ways of assembling a library. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/31/2014

    " I love Larry McMurtry. I have read most of his works of fiction. If to err is human and to forgive is divine, I am a goddess and I forgive Mr. McMurtry and his editor Michael Korda for allowing this book to see the light of day. Leavings are leavings even if they are from one of your favorite writers. There were brief flashes when I felt I was seeing into a writer's mind but as I said they were brief.Two stars is half a star more than this deserves. I love Larry McMurtry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/21/2014

    " I liked this book better than his first memoir but it was still worth 4 stars. I really enjoy reading other book lovers or writers talk about reading :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis | 1/18/2014

    " semi interesting "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Josh | 1/12/2014

    " Not as strong as McMurtry's previous memoir, Books. This volume has its moments, but they are infrequent and brief. The most moving, revealing and fascinating section is the five pages of Chapter 42, in which McMurtry's chronicles his friendship with Susan Sontag and assesses her life and work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bcoghill Coghill | 1/4/2014

    " rambly overpriced memoirs of a truly interesting author.An important part of the pop culture of the last quarter of the 20th century and a little of this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 11/30/2013

    " I did enjoy finding out what books Larry McMurtry reads and his stream of conciousness writing was different than usual memoirs, but there was a shortage of content! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rick Wilcox | 11/27/2013

    " Tiresome after the third chapter. From the author of Lonesome Dove and The Last Picture Show, a book about the life of a writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Hendricks | 11/19/2013

    " Nice easy discussion of the middle period of McMurtry's life, touches some of his writing life. Not an in-depth discussion of technique or inspiration, more of a skiimming of his thoughts about his writing. Hard to place in a category really. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pbwritr | 10/23/2013

    " Thought it would have words of wisdom about writing. Boring! Just haphazard thoughts about his life. Totally self-centered. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry Dullum | 10/3/2013

    " Stories behind the stories. Good Stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake | 1/1/2013

    " Good, if halfheartedly written, read from Larry McMurtry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mari Stroud | 11/30/2012

    " What can I say? I just like the man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sian Lile-Pastore | 10/19/2011

    " this was really interesting, although quite slight in size... i love the way it is written - it's his second memoir and i think i preferred the first. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dirk | 7/9/2011

    " A quick buck for Larry. Poorly done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hulananni | 4/3/2011

    " Interesting to me because I was born in Los Angeles, raised in Hollywood, daughter of a cinematographer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 12/9/2010

    " The third and last of McMurtry's dashed off memoirs. Despite the second memoir about his literary career being so weak I thought I'd follow through to the end. This one was marginally better than the second memoir but that is about as faint of praise as you can get. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 11/1/2010

    " If nothing else it gives some insights as to how film makers choose material for their screen plays. As with all of his work this was entertaining but pales in comparison to his first two memoirs.It on;y takes a couple of hours to read so it's worth the time you give to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberta | 10/3/2010

    " Interesting tidbits on writing for Hollywood, but certainly not detailed like his novels. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maria | 9/20/2010

    " Dashed-off, rambling, repetitive, unedited, and pointless --- couldn't finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 9/17/2010

    " I like McMurtry's self effacing style. He shares his experiences in Hollywood as a screenwriter and understands the fickle nature of fame. Unfortunately, this sliver of a book only scratches the surface of a fascinating subject. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tim | 9/13/2010

    " I love McMurtry, but this is a disappointment. More of an outline than a book. I finished it in under an hour. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 8/27/2010

    " A very thin third volume of Larry McMurtry's memoirs. Reads as though no editor participated in the preparation. Disappointing to find redundant sentences and even some bad grammar-shortcomings never evident in his novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim | 8/26/2010

    " Not his best work. Repeptitive and often uninteresting, though there are a few nice tidbits. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Herb | 8/25/2010

    " I didn't much care for this, the third in a trilogy. The first two books "Books" and "Literary Life" were much fun to read, but this one is a clunker. Beware! "

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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

Henry Strozier has appeared in numerous films, including Contact, You Don’t Know Jack, Thirteen Days, and Sex in the City. Also a voice-over artist, he has worked extensively in video games and audiobook narration.