This book was like a breath of fresh air. I found the book to be both interesting and a joy to listen to. the reader is good and the story never seemed to drag. Yes I would listen to it again
The story never seemed to drag and there was always something new
The voices of the different characters I found delightful and refreshing.ten
I have not read the print version. I suspect I would like some of it better because of the unusual male voices interpreted by the narrator. Buck, Chester and Chester's dad's voices were on target, but others were choppy with strange inflections.
Hmmm, not sure.
Never heard him before. I enjoyed his story narration and main character Texas accents a lot. He did the female and Hispanic voices well also. But his attempt to make the other male characters distinctive was distracting.
Don't think I would rename it.
Actually, I was exhausted after completing the book. There were so many tragedies emergencies and danger that I was cautious about starting each new chapter. That being said, the story was interesting and fast paced. The history of the cattle industry after the Civil War was well researched and fascinating. I did enjoy it, but maybe not enough to continue the series.
'Hear' are some characters from the American west that you will find yourself rooting for. A little stilted and predictable. But I happen to prefer typical 'good guys' to 'darker' characters and novels.
If you are a fan of Louis L'Amour or John Wayne westerns I think it's safe to say you will enjoy this.
This is entertaining, if lighter, reading. Although the descriptions of death and/or violence might be a little more graphic that necessary - for my taste anyway.
I will likely continue with the series.
I felt like it was geared to a youth audience, I didn't get that when I bought the book.
I didn't make it to the end, I tried, even got close, but didn't make it.
It wasn't bad, just too juvenile for me. The narrator was pleasant.
Not for me. Young people, and perhaps the elderly folks would go for it.
For me, this book was like tuning in to an old time TV western, entertaining for a while but too unsophisticated to keep your interest.
Excellent great super
There was 3 different nationalities working together respect for each other love for each other good wins not a bunch of nasty sex. Wonderful book!!!!!
Great voice!! Read with such realism.
Pappy because he is tough but tamed El Torre instead of killing him. He saw the potential in the bull.
Thank you for a great holesum book .
The entire story was slow moving. Many of the comments the main character made were just cheesy. I found myself rolling my eyes over and over.
No, I have read/listened to others of this genre and really enjoyed them. I love westerns, but this one just did not do it for me.
The narrator was ok, not great, not bad.
Most of the book seemed to be lacking a punch. I kept waiting for something big to happen, it didn't. I listened to the entire book and was not impressed.
It's not a bad story, it just needed something more. The author's descriptions were good I could picture what he was describing, but the story just fell flat and predictable. I felt like the publisher must have "pushed" the author to complete by a date instead of giving the author the time needed to make it great. Disappointing.
Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.
The way the two partners got their capitol to start a ranch.
No thank you!
Yes, but with a warning. I knew he was a gunslinger, 'cause he wore his rig low, and he had nervous, squinty eyes. You could load that Sharps in the morning and shoot all day. She was the storekeeper's daughter. Get the Point?
For a book that's over the top, you need a performance that's over the top, Right, stranger?
They must have already made 50 of these, and I went to see all of them. Don't make 'em like this any more though, do they, Pard?
The story in the complete series would make a great movie. IT was very well written and narrated in such a way that it puts you there with the characters in the books.
Many thanks to Dusty Rhodes for his great work.
The many twist and turns of the stories about life in the south plains of Texas
Nope, but he did a fine job here
Hate to admit it but, yes
Hope that he has other books like this series
Pros: The story moved along at a good pace. The threads were fairly easy to follow.
1. The narrator had a fairly narrow range of voices... as long as the characters were male. His female voices were not well done. His 5 male voices were able to be rendered in both a southern and a Spanish accent, so that helped.
2. There was no "plot" to speak of. Clearly this is going to be a "saga." And that's fine; I like sagas, but not this one because...
3. The story begins with $20,000 falling into the lap of Buck and Chet, which not only gives them an excellent opportunity to successfully kill a lot of people to protect the money (that doesn't belong to them) but also to spend lavishly to start their cattle ranch.
4. They are so insanely successful, that it almost becomes laughable. There are cattle ranchers in Mexico that will sell cattle to him for $3 a head, delivered, knowing he's going to sell them in Missouri for $20. But instead he gets $40 because the demand is so high! Then they plan to begin flooding the market with cattle and instead of any worries about driving down the price, it keeps rising.
5. There is absolutely no problem with finding top-notch, loyal, skilled and willing workers as the ranch operations explode in size from 2 to hundreds in a year.
6. The ranch does get a few challenges thrown their way, but mostly the loyal partners and their loyal cowboys and loyal girlfriends just keep getting money thrown at them.
7. Buck and Chet, in this first book, are putting all this money into LEASED ranch land with only a 5-year lease. Can anyone predict where that is going?
8. When something bad happens, which usually forces them to kill a bunch of people, the boys think about it for a little while and then move on.
In other words, this is a predictable, unchallenging, simplistic, unbelievable story that borders on juvenile.
These hard-bitten survivors of the Confederate army, Texas cowboys don't even say "Damn!"
I'm not buying book two. I'm somewhat sorry I bought book one.