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Jean

Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States Member Since 2010

I am an avid eclectic reader.

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  • "Longhorn IV"

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    I have read the series in order and book IV brings it all together nicely. The importance of family comes through loud and clear in this book. Lots of action, cattle drives, travel by horse back, buggy, stagecoach, ship, river boat and train give a wide view of the west. This book covers the cattle drives, people moving into the west and the building of the railroad. I hope that this in not the last book in the series. Gene Engene narrated the entire series. His voice goes well with the wild frontier.

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    Longhorn IV: The Family: Longhorn Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Dusty Rhodes
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
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    Fate has brought about a reunion with a brother Buck Cordell thought was dead. Hard work and perseverance brought both of them success beyond their wildest expectations.

    Jean says: "Longhorn IV"
  • "Good western"

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    Gene Engene does a great job reading Dusty Rhodes books. He has a great voice for a western. The book has a good story line and lots of action to keep one interested, no sex, foul words or unnecessary violence. Shawgo as a Texas Ranger chases bad men and Indians as well as corrupt politicians. The valley he lives in sounds beautiful, wish I could pack up and move there and watch the horses, cattle and goats graze. Hope there are more books about Shawgo. Westerns make a nice change of pace stories.

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    Shawgo

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dusty Rhodes
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
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    In the early 1870's, the young state of Texas was struggling to survive. Its vast, undeveloped land of over 260 thousand square miles became a haven for the lawless. Murderers, rustlers and renegade bands of hostile Indians and Comanchero roamed the vast wastelands of west Texas with only a narrow river separating them from the sanctuary of Mexico. One group of dedicated lawmen stood between this element and the law-abiding citizenry - the Texas Rangers. This is the story of one of those men.

    Jean says: "Good western"
  • "Jedidiah Boone"

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    Gene Engene does a good job narrating this story. This is a short 6 hours story which is ideal to fit between reading longer books. The book follows the typical western theme of bad men, Indians, families moving west and a seasoned mountain man. Easy to listen to for a medium commute.

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    Jedidiah Boone

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    • By Dusty Rhodes
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
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    Army scout, Indian fighter, bounty hunter, and great nephew of the legendary frontiersman, Daniel Boone, Jedidiah hung up his guns and retired to his mountain hideaway. But an Apache massacre and the kidnapping of two young girls changed all that. Jedidiah will need all his skills and more as he battles the harsh elements of the vast New Mexico deserts, and the warriors of the Apache in a desperate attempt to rescue the captive girls before it is too late.

    Jean says: "Jedidiah Boone"
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  • The Black Dove: A Holmes on the Range Mystery

    "Took me by suprise"

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    I'm a big fan of this series. They have interesting characters who are a little loony, but only a little, and a well plotted story set in the late 1800's out west. This book starts out with our Sherlock Holmes-loving, cowboys-turned-investigators brothers looking into the death of a friend in China Town in San Francisco. The boys and their comely friend, Dianna, end up contending with three other groups looking for a missing prostitute called the Black Dove. Most of the action takes place in China Town and the narrator isn't bad doing the different characters. This is an unusulaly populated book and it's a small challenge to keep all the characters straight but not too bad. Very adventerous with lots of chases and shady characters and a suprisingly emotional ending. This is one of those series that helps if you read them in order.

  • On the Wrong Track

    "My favorite so far"

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    This is my favorite in the series so far. Having all the suspects and witnesses stuck on a train makes things a bit more tense and dramatic. I agree with other reviewers that the language is a bit strong, which you'd expect from a couple of un-refined cow hands, and the narration is too exagerated, but the charactrers and setting are so much fun and the story is well told that I didn't mind. If you don't like curse words, though, keep looking. (The 'Her Royal Spyness' series by Reys Bowen is quite good with no bad words.)

  • Holmes on the Range

    "Good story, salty language"

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    I enjoyed this a lot. It's a light hearted mystery set in the old west about two brothers who go about "Holmesifying" when murder strikes the ranch where they work. It's an interesting mystery with an entertaining setting and memorable characters. The narrator does a good job with the main characters, but a few of the minor ones are English and his accent is not good. His English ladie's maid voice is down right horrible. They are small characters, so it didn't bother me that much. Also, the characters curse a fair amount. Even using the N word a few times. It fits in with the setting, though, and it's not too exessive. I really liked it overall.

  • Dear Mr. Holmes: Seven Holmes on the Range Mysteries

    "A fun, western yarn"

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    Little bites of delight. That's what this collection of short stories is. If you are unfamiliar with the series, this a bad place to start, but to those who are already fans of the cattle rustling, mystery solving Amlingmyer brothers, this is essential. It fills in the gaps in between books and describes the beginning of it all. In short, the main characters are two cow boys in the American old west who love Sherlock Holmes and go about 'deducifying" when the need arises. They are very funny and vivid but the language can get a little rough. I don't mind that because it is never excessive and the author steps around the really bad curse words is super funny ways. The reader is different from the regular guy and some of the many voices can sound a bit similar. That's a small complaint though. I recommend this series highly.

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  • "Not Lonesome Dove"

    15 of 15 helpful votes

    This is a prequel to Lonesome Dove with a young Corporal Call and Augustus. It is well written and superbly narrated. I could listen to Will Patten recite the phone book and enjoy it. It is also a good book but I could not give it five stars because it is so depressing. You are supposed to win some, lose some in life but you should not lose them all. If you do not mind a depressing story and you like oaters then this is for you.

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    Dead Man's Walk

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Will Patton
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    In Dead Man's Walk, Gus and Call are not yet 20, young men coming of age in the days when Texas was still an independent republic. Enlisting as Texas Rangers under a land pirate who wants to seize Santa Fe from the Mexicans, Gus and Call experience their first great adventure in the barren great plains landscape, in which arbitrary violence is the rule -- whether from nature, or from the Indians whose territory they must cross in order to reach New Mexico.<

    Richard says: "Not Lonesome Dove"

What's Trending in Westerns:

  • 5.0 (21 ratings)

    Calico Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David R. Lewis
    • Narrated By David R. Lewis
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    When old money and older entitlement invade Missouri, Ruben Beeler is dispatched by the Federal Marshals Service to investigate complaints from small farmers and ranchers that a wealthy Englishman is taking over an entire county. Rube leaves his wife and their baby at home, and enters into a conflict where might is right, and Sir Merrit Treadstone is prepared to do whatever is necessary to establish the Calico Cattle Company and his new American kingdom.

    Dale says: "Profoundly hilarious"
  • 4.8 (20 ratings)

    Blood Fury: Wilderness Series #4

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Thompson
    • Narrated By Rusty Nelson
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    The wild Rocky Mountains in 1828 held many dangers and challenges for those daring enough to enter. On a hunting trip, young Nathaniel King stumbles upon a disgraced Crow warrior.

  • 4.5 (2823 ratings)

    Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
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    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    A. Wright says: "Inspired reading of a great book"
  • 4.3 (1717 ratings)

    True Grit

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Portis
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
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    Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, sets out to avenge her Daddy who was shot to death by a no-good outlaw. Mattie convinces one-eyed "Rooster" Cogburn, the meanest U.S. marshal in the land, to ride along with her. In True Grit, we have a true American classic, as young Mattie, as vital as she is innocent, outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten men of the trail in a legend that will last through the ages.

    Tommygaus says: "So worth it!"
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  • 4.3 (517 ratings)

    Comanche Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry, Frank Muller
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
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    We join Texas Rangers August McCrae and Woodrow F. Call as they are just beginning to deal with the perplexing tensions of adult life -- Gus, and his great love, Clara Forsythe, Call and Maggie Tilton, the young whore who loves him -- when they enlist with a Ranger troop in pursuit of Buffalo Hump, the great Comanche war chief; Kicking Wolf, the celebrated Comanche horse thief; and a deadly Mexican bandit king with a penchant for torture.

    Robert E. Scarcelle says: "Even for those that don't like Westerns"
  • 4.4 (474 ratings)

    Sackett's Land: The Sacketts, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By John Curless
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    Son of a feared fighting man, Barnabas Sackett inherited his father's fiery temper, sense of justice and warrior skills. Declared an outlaw in his native England, Barnabas set his daring sights on the opportunity of the New World. The ruthless piracy of the open seas and the unknown dangers of the savage American wilderness lay before him. And so did the thrill of discovery and the chance to establish a bold new future if he survived.

    Grace Barrett says: "Great Historical Adventure"
  • 4.3 (435 ratings)

    Dead Man's Walk

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Will Patton
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    In Dead Man's Walk, Gus and Call are not yet 20, young men coming of age in the days when Texas was still an independent republic. Enlisting as Texas Rangers under a land pirate who wants to seize Santa Fe from the Mexicans, Gus and Call experience their first great adventure in the barren great plains landscape, in which arbitrary violence is the rule -- whether from nature, or from the Indians whose territory they must cross in order to reach New Mexico.<

    Richard says: "Not Lonesome Dove"
  • 4.5 (235 ratings)

    The Daybreakers: The Sacketts, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By David Strathairn
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    A magnificent saga of American fiction, the Sacketts series is one of the greatest treasures by legendary storyteller Louis L'Amour. In The Daybreakers, L'Amour spins the tale of two brothers who couldn't be more different - yet remain bound by their restlessness of spirit.

    Bruce E. Hawkins says: "Very enjoyable story"
  • Cormac McCarthy Value Collection: All the Pretty Horses, The Crossing, Cities of the Plain

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Brad Pitt
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    All the Pretty Horses:

    The first volume of the Border Trilogy tells of young John Grady Cole, the last of a long line of Texas ranchers. Across the border Mexico beckons - beautiful and desolate, rugged and cruelly civilized. The Crossing: In the late 1930's, 16-year-old Billy Parham captures a she-wolf that has been marauding his family's ranch. But instead of killing it, he decides to take it back to the mountains of Mexico. Cities of the Plain: It is 1952 and John Grady Cole and Billy Parham are working as ranch hands in New Mexico, not far from the proving grounds of Alamogordo and the cities of El Paso and Juarez.

    Enid says: "Speak Spanish? Brad Pitt does not."
  • Comstock Lode

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
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    It was just a godforsaken mountainside, but no place on earth was richer in silver. For a bustling, enterprising America, this was the great bonanza. The dreamers, the restless, the builders, the vultures - they were lured by the glittering promise of instant riches and survived the brutal hardships of a mining camp to raise a legendary boom town. But some sought more than wealth. There was Val Trevallion, a loner haunted by a violent past, and Grita Redaway, a radiantly beautiful actress driven by an unfulfilled need.

    Max says: "Charming...but"
  • The Legend of Mickey Free

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Kerry Newcomb
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
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    Geronimo himself hears the baby crying in the burned-out campsite, surrounded by the bodies of the boy’s family. Even as an infant, Mickey Free is too strong to die. For thirteen years, this white child is raised as an Apache, learning the ways of the greatest warriors to ever mount a horse, and taking their cause as his own. When he turns thirteen, Mickey attempts the Run of the Arrow, a warrior’s ordeal that takes him across miles of desert wasteland with nothing but a mouthful of water to sustain him.

  • The Golden Bullet

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By M. M. Lehman
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
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    Jim Mosby was just a tad under 17 when he left Texas. But he was as tough as they come and quick with a gun. Ending up in Missouri, he found a job with the Pony Express where he gained a new friend named Matt Rossiter. When the Pony Express went out of business, the two sidekicks found work in various jobs. They were scouts for the U.S. Cavalry, meat-hunters for the mines, and finally took a hand at gold mining. They found a fortune in gold. To commemorate their good fortune Matt made a bullet of gold. A bullet that fulfills a deadly destiny...

  • The Ambushers: The Horsemen, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Gary McCarthy
    • Narrated By Maynard Villers
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    On their way to Colorado, Ruff and Dixie Ballou drive their horses through New Mexico. Their intention to quietly drive the horses on through goes well until they find themselves inadvertently involved in a shootout with four outlaws who robbed the banks of a small town in New Mexico. An edgy sheriff and angry townspeople get the Ballou’s involved in a situation they would be more happy to do without. Even more so when they are arrested by the sheriff as robbery suspects.

  • The Intruders

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kirk Winkler
    • Narrated By Kirk Winkler
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    As young widow Cora Diemert struggles against powerful ranchers intent on driving her off her homestead, young Billy Smith rides on to her place asking for a bit of work. Smith seems the answer to Cora's prayers - until she discovers that he is running from the law, with Deputy U.S. Marshal Thomas Alvarez hot on his trail. Cora, Billy, and the marshal each learn some hard lessons as they battle with themselves and with one another.

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  • War Path

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kerry Newcomb
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
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    "Johnny Stark was big, ugly, and wasn't about to die..." So begins this extraordinary saga set on America's first frontier-in the heart of the French and Indian War. Stark was a hunter whose crime was running afoul of an Abenaki war party. Fighting his way out of a blood-soaked killing ground, Stark became a legend in a land torn by a brutal struggle between two distant nations, with native tribes choosing sides. In danger of losing their stake in the New World, the French knew they had to bring down Johnny Stark-and prove he was mortal.

  • Wild Side of the River: A Western Story

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Zimmer
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
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    Some of the citizens in this part of Montana Territory claim the only thing Jacob Wilder can raise with any success is hell and sons. Now, owners of small ranches who will not sell out to a syndicate are being mysteriously murdered - and Jacob may be next.

  • Riders of the Coyote Moon: A Western Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By L. P. Holmes
    • Narrated By Alfred Gingold
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    Reece Canby, owner of the Diamond RC, spent years as a youngster on the nearby Mescalero Apache reservation. By treaty Chief Antone's Mescalero tribe owns the Sentinel Basin. Now this grazing land is desired by Sax Starke and Chelso DeLacca of the Teepee spread in order for them to expand their cattle herd. The first step in their plan is to stir up trouble with the Mescaleros so that the federal government will have to intervene.

  • The Lightning Warrior

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Max Brand
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
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    When the giant known as Cobalt offers the white wolf, Lightning Warrior, to Sylvia Baird, he expects her hand in marriage. But Sylvia reneges on an earlier promise and takes flight.

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  • Valley of Outlaws: A Western Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Max Brand
    • Narrated By Steven Menasche
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    When he first arrived in the town of Lister, no one knew anything about him except that he didn't speak... that he was probably a deaf mute. No one knew what to call him, so they called him Shannon. He bought supplies and ventured into a secluded valley and made enough money to take care of himself by selling pelts in town.Then one day Shannon came upon a horse that had been abused and was near death....

  • The Messenger: A Western Story

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Bill Brooks
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
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    After his son's death from a bear's mauling and his wife's departure from the ranch, Royce Blood begins to work as a messenger guard on a stageline, but messenger guards are confronted by the outlaw Gypsy Davy, who never leaves witnesses to his crimes.