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3.16 out of 53.16 out of 53.16 out of 53.16 out of 53.16 out of 5 3.16 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry McMurtry Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Last Picture Show Series Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781440791499
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Larry McMurtry takes readers on one last unforgettable journey to Thalia, Texas, a town that continues to change at a breakneck pace even as Duane Moore feels himself slowing down. Returning home to recover from a near-fatal heart attack, Duane discovers he has a new neighbor: the statuesque K. K. Slater, a quirky billionairess who’s come to Thalia to open the Rhino Ranch, dedicated to the preservation of the endangered black rhinoceros.

Despite their obvious differences, Duane can’t help but find himself charmed by K.K.’s stubborn toughness and lively spirit, and the two embark on a flirtation that rapidly veers toward the sexual, but the return of Honor Carmichael complicates Duane’s romantic intentions considerably. As Duane reflects on all that he and Thalia have been through, he feels adrift in a world where love and betrayal walk hand in hand and a stalwart Texas oil town can become home to a nature preserve.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A droll and poignant dramedy, Rhino Ranch is a near-perfect coda to the minor masterwork of Texas’ greatest novelist.”

    Texas Monthly

  • “[Duane] and his friends in the fictional Texas town of Thalia made me laugh and nearly made me cry, and they made me think about life.” 

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram

  • “Mixed in with the humor and snappy dialogue are tender and poignant scenes as the women in Duane’s life die or drift away, and Duane befriends a rhino and realizes that his life has lost its purpose. Nobody depicts the complexities of smalltown Texas life and the frailties of human relationships better than McMurtry.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A lovely, high-lonesome end to Duane’s saga that also offers the possibility of more books to come.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beverly | 2/2/2014

    " Not really good, but I have a sentimental attachment to Duane. Nothing much happens in his life anymore, so I guess it's time to go. Short chapters, static and disjointed storyline, but Duane, grandson Willy, Bobby Lee, and Honor Carmichael are back with the addition of K. K. Slater, a billionaire who wants to save African Rhinos by importing them to Texas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 2/1/2014

    " A cowboy story. It's a light read, a bit humorous in places.....I just like Larry McMurtry - he has some characters!!!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Humkeb | 1/31/2014

    " A little strange! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 1/29/2014

    " I made it through the last page but it was a struggle. I believe it is the first McMurtry book that I have read. I was disappointed. Seriously lacking in depth. From reading the reviews of others I gather that this not a good example of the author's talent. Perhaps, someday I may read another of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/28/2014

    " One of my favorite authors and the end of the Duane Moore saga, but not in the same league as Lonesome Dove or The Last Picture Show. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/17/2014

    " A great end to a great series. These characters are authentic and interesting. I am sad to have read the last one. Thank you Mr. McMurtry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pablo | 1/17/2014

    " Disregard the three stars, I'll actually call it three and a half. Started a bit slow, enough to make me think that McMurtry had finally lost his touch. But, after sticking with it,(despite the indulgences of old men's sexual fantasies gratuitously thrown in by LM), it ended up being a pretty entertaining book, more humorous than the McMurtry I have come to expect, but ultimately displaying the pathos I have always known from this author. Well worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 1/3/2014

    " The last of the "Last Picture Show" novels. I will miss Duane! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather Hofland | 11/24/2013

    " I think I should have read the two previous in the series first! There was some beautiful imagery, however it seemed like it was a 'wrap-up' of several story lines. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 11/21/2013

    " Larry McMurtry is at his best writing about Duane Moore. I will miss Duane. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Athena | 10/16/2013

    " This book was pointless. I finished it simply to see if there ever was a point. Nope. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lee | 10/9/2013

    " Just didn't get the point. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carol | 9/26/2013

    " I guess this book was a bit of a disappointment after reading Buffalo Girls. Starts out disconnected and for me kind of stayed on that track. Oh well do still want to read Lonesome Dove. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Agnes | 6/27/2013

    " Final story to McMurty's saga of life in Texas. Okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roving Gambler | 5/18/2013

    " Really strong characters. Story rambled a bit, but still engrossing. Will likely read more of his books. Love Texas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Are | 2/10/2013

    " easy-going writing. short chapters. a fun read with no happy or unhappy ending. didn't really go anywhere tho it was still somehow fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stella | 9/4/2012

    " Part of the reason I started listening to books on tape was so I didn't have to hear the dialog in my head. This book had so many sad parts, like realizing as you get older you are "marginal", all your friends and family are dying, and that you don't have purpose in life, was very depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 7/15/2012

    " I enjoyed this book. I will miss Duane. He made me feel better even about my boring life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 5/21/2012

    " It's a pleasure to read this lean, humorous last chapter of the story of Duane Moore and Thalia, Texas. I really like McMurtry's writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Wilcox | 12/12/2011

    " Quirky, interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Kent | 6/29/2011

    " This is a delightfully funny book that would especially be enjoyed by guys over 60. It makes me want to read more of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie March | 5/27/2011

    " Short but sweet, classic, funny McMurty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosie | 5/25/2011

    " This is the last book about Duane Moore (The Last Picture Show, Texasville, etc..) and I read it to finish out the series cus I wanted to know what happened to Duane.

    However, I did think the plot was pretty stupid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 2/26/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. I will miss Duane. He made me feel better even about my boring life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 2/26/2011

    " Vintage McMurtry. A tale of growing older, the plusses and minuses, in the locale of West Texas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita | 11/22/2010

    " A good story by Larry McMurtry. This is the conclusion to "Last Picture Show" written in 1966. Duane Moore comes home to Thalia after living in Arizona for many years. Instead of retiring quietly, Duane becomes involved with Billionaire heiress K.T. Slater and her Black Rhino Sanctuary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 10/28/2010

    " This is a delightfully funny book that would especially be enjoyed by guys over 60. It makes me want to read more of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 10/27/2010

    " McMurtry is like an old friend. This short novel is a delight for a rainy Seattle fall day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 9/23/2010

    " Old men write books about old guys. I think the book is mistitled, because it's more about the main character (forgotten his name already) with the Rhino ranch as background. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 8/28/2010

    " Not my favorite Larry McMurtry, but I got through it. Not much to the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemary | 8/27/2010

    " always loved Larry McMurtry - this is fourth and last (I think) in the Last Picture Show (Texasville) sequence. Not sure you'd like it if you don't already know and love Duane Moore but I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roving | 7/27/2010

    " Really strong characters. Story rambled a bit, but still engrossing. Will likely read more of his books. Love Texas. "

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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.