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Gary

West Columbia, SC, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Preacher's Justice: The First Mountain Man

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William W. Johnstone
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    When "Preacher", the last gunfighter, catches wind that a lady from his past has been murdered in St. Louis, he is enraged. It's time to leave the wilderness and head to the big city to exact some revenge.

    Melinda Watson says: "Preacher's Justice"
    "Teflon coated cowboy"
    Overall

    Protagonist never gets seriously hurt in a fight. Just a bit too sophomoric for my taste.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Duel: A Ralph Compton Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Robbins
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    USA Today best-selling author David Robbins' searing Western tales capture all the thunder and lightning of Ralph Compton's extraordinary legacy. In Blood Duel, Jeeter Frost is targeted by reporters seeking insider details of the "Missouri Man-Killer." Jeeter knows he's done his share of killin', but his inability to read the so-called true accounts of his exploits makes his trigger finger burn worse than ever.

    Gary says: "Western Comedy that is not funny"
    "Western Comedy that is not funny"
    Overall

    The reader was fine. I love hard core serious shoot-em-up westerns, but the author's humorous novel was a flop for me. I love Ralph Compton novels, but this is shallow, not funny, and a total waste of time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Coal Black Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Robert Olmstead
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Robey Child, only 14, must go to the battlefield to bring his injured father home. Clad in a homemade uniform, gray on one side, blue on the other, and riding a powerful coal black horse, Robey sets out on a journey that will make him a man.

    Larry says: "Coal Black Horse"
    "Catcher on the Rye for grown ups"
    Overall

    Had he continued writing after 1965, J. D. Salinger should have written this book to get more coverage. Wonderfully written and narrated. I enjoyed it more that the original Catcher. Not for young children, but for those who are passing from children to adults. A coming of age story that thinking adults would surely enjoy. I stayed up all night to hear the last word.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3027)
    Performance
    (1500)
    Story
    (1527)

    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"
    "Still the best"
    Overall

    I voted the movie as the best western I had ever seen. And I had a front row seat in double feature westerns as a kid some 60 years ago. I give the audiobook my top rating for the craftmanship of the author and the splendid reading by the speaker. The voice of Gus McCray grates on the nerves from the beginning, but there is only so much a speaker can do who has to be multiple characters. I learned a lot about living in the West from listening to this book. I also feel kinda warm all over whenever I give an iPod to a friend and tell him to get this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Better Part of Valor

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tanya Huff
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    Telling a two-star general what she really thought of him was the mistake Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr made with General Morris. But as a battle-hardened professional, she took pride in doing her job and getting her troops back alive. So after she'd saved the mission to bring the Silsviss into the Confederation - instead of losing them and their world to the enemy known only as the Others - she let the general know exactly how she felt.

    Lydia says: "great series"
    "Good plot - Dialog just wears thin"
    Overall

    10 hours of sarcasm wears thin after the first hour. By the time I finished the book, I decided to give up on the Marines of Tanya Huff.
    I can't remember this deluge of diatribe when I was in the service 40 years ago. But sarcasm which seems to be 90% of what I hear when I listen to this book, is just not funny or worth listening to.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sin Killer: Volume 1 of The Berrybender Narratives

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (85)

    Against the immense backdrop of the American West, Larry McMurtry tracks the Berrybender's as they make their way up the great river, surviving attacks, discomfort, savage weather, and natural disaster. Sin Killer is an adventure story as big as the West itself, full of incident, and suspense, as well as a charming love story between a headstrong and aristocratic young Englishwoman and the stubborn, shy, and very American Jim Snow.

    Erin says: "Unemotional characters are brutally honest"
    "Very disappointed"
    Overall

    I loved the reading and text of Lonesome Dove. I thought this would be comparable. The reader, Alfred Molina reads like he has his nose up in the air. He's a real drag in maintaining any interest in the book. I just couldn't get past the first 20 minutes and gave up on the Berrybenders. You'll be disappointed if you buy this book from AudioBooks.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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