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Edward

Penn Valley, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Shawgo

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dusty Rhodes
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    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"
    "Fantastically entertaining!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and indeed HAVE recommended this audiobook to my wife who does not like westerns because the story is very well written and the performance is top notch. She loved it as well and is now hooked on Mr Rhodes western audiobooks


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how the author endears the characters to the reader with just the right amount of description. Many authors fall short with this while others go overboard and derail the story with too much character insight at the wrong time. I don't think Mr Rhodes is given enough credit for this.


    What does Gene Engene bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr Engene brings life to the story. His range of vocalizations is not only exceptional, it is consistent. A character is that character everytime you hear him/her. He is an amazing performer and in my opinion, the best western audiobook narrator by a considerable margin


    If you could take any character from Shawgo out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Leander McNelly, Captain of the Texas Rangers because he has that understated "coolness" that you just can't get enough of


    Any additional comments?

    "Shawgo" exceeded my expectations. I have listened to all of Mr Rhodes' westerns except the "Longhorn" series and until I listened to "Shawgo" (both book one and two), the author's "Manhunter" was my favorite. I put the Shawgo series at the same fantastic level. From the opening chapter through the way he closes a story to the way Mr Engene narrates, these stories are entertainment at it's finest. Notice I said "entertainment" - sure there are more thrilling, more cerebral, more technically precise stories out there, but for sheer entertainment value - fun, engaging....."entertaining", there is none better. Well done!!

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  • The Vengeance Trail of Josey Wales

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Forrest Carter
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Forrest Carter was a Storyteller in Council to the Cherokee Nations. His ability to create vivid tales that crackle with dramatic tension has earned him widespread acclaim and popularity. For his inspiring The Education of Little Tree and his riveting westerns, Forrest Carter is hailed as a premier writer of the American West. Josey Wales is an outlaw who rides through vast sunbaked lands in search of a place where he can find peace.

    Tim says: "this would make a good sequel to the movie"
    "A befitting sequel to GTT"
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    If you could sum up The Vengeance Trail of Josey Wales in three words, what would they be?

    Familiar. Fresh. Fulfilling.


    What other book might you compare The Vengeance Trail of Josey Wales to and why?

    There's only one to compare it to, Gone to Texas. After watching and then reading The Outlaw Josey Wales and Gone to Texas respectively, the characters are familiar - in fact 35 years familiar. What is unique is to now, 35 years or so later, to finally be able to see what happened next, and in very fulfilling fashion. This has the pace and eventual fulfillment of modern revenge flicks such as Taken, but with a much richer character development.


    What about Ed Sala’s performance did you like?

    Everything. Subdued but enriching. Ed has the perfect blend of not coloring the story and adding just the right emphasis at the right place. I can not imagine hearing it from anyone else.


    If you could take any character from The Vengeance Trail of Josey Wales out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Any of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Regrettably, now it is difficult for me to find another audio book with the "chops" that this one had. Its like there's no where to go but down.

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