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Telegraph Days
Telegraph Days
Author: Larry McMurtry
ISBN-13: 9780743250788
ISBN-10: 0743250788
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 304
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.

3.2 stars, based on 27 ratings
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 4
Overall, I really enjoyed this story of the old west told from the perspective of a plucky female. Although this was definitely not up to the standards of McMurtry's "Lonesome Dove" series, it was still full of action, humor, and fun. Nellie Courtright was a memorable character and her exploits which involved a cavalcade of Western legends including George Custer, Wild Bill Hickock, Buffalo Bill, and the Earps was always interesting. I would overall give this one a mild recommendation.
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Helpful Score: 2
McMurtry's tales are great. Not quite to the standard of Lonesome Dove, but a good western read about a spunky lady.
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Helpful Score: 1
I am McMurtry fan and found this book enjoyable. How he can make the old Wild West come alive with his embellished characters! Light reading -- great for a summer's night.
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Helpful Score: 1
Loved it. Made the drive through Wyoming, Utah and Idaho fly by!
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Good story, not really the typical western I was expecting but well worth your time. I would listen to it again.
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A light, frothy Western. Not on par with some of his other Westerns, but entertaining.
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Can McMurtry write a bad novel?? This one is pretty much like all his others. A little unbelievable at times, but reads quickly and holds your interest.
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I was not sure how I'd take to it, as it was my first Western type read, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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McMurtry's tongue-in-cheek biography of a spirited young woman in the wild west tries hard but really doesn't ever get off the ground. His heroine, Nellie Courtright, flirts (and sometimes more) with virtually every historic character from General George Custer to Louis B. Mayer, witnesses the Gunfight at the OK Corral, manages Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, and otherwise Zeligs herself through the 19th century but really never engages the reader's emotions.
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I loved this book! The writing is delightful, witty, at times solemn; the main character is very likeable and her environment is made so real. The story is warm, well written, and unpretentious. Made me laugh out loud several times.

Specific to the audiobook, Annie Potts is a wonderful narrator for the character. I think she did a superb job. And the design and engineering of the CDs is also very well done. Very easy to listen to in the car.

Bottom line, 5 stars. A+.
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Great narration by Annie Potts. She captured the voice perfectly of this book. Very interesting story of the Wild West from a woman's point of view.
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Another good story by McMurtry. Feel;s liek its real history when in fact its pure fiction
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I enjoyed this story. Its entertaing, I still chuckle when thinking of the story and the way it was presented by Ann P.
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Larry McMurtry is the author of Lomesome Dove, Brokeback Mountain and many others
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by author of Lonesome Dove