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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (460 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by Humkeb | 1/31/2014

    " A little strange! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by 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. "

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