Trade Ed. Simon & Schuster Audio 1997
CS ISBN 0-671-57730-1 $60.00 Sixteen cassettes
McMurtry and Muller are a fine pair. In his leisurely, polished style McMurtry expounds upon the saga of Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call (of Lonesome Dove fame), this time focusing on their early years as Texas Rangers. Indian raids, gunfights and grim descriptions of tortures are just part of the action that surrounds their lives. Muller handles McMurtry’s wonderful characters with his usual finesse. Muller makes the Rangers’s Captain Innish Scull and the black Mexican bandit, Ahumado, particularly memorable. The talents of both author and narrator compel listeners to care for these rough, enduring characters. The narration has to balance the length of the story with the intensity of the action. It wouldn’t do to keep the pitch of emotions too high, or listeners would just get plumb tuckered out. R.F.W. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: JAN 98]
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