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Timothy

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  • The Beginning: Longhorn Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Dusty Rhodes
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (237)

    Buck Cordell is a giant of a man in a giant, untamed land called Texas. He builds a cattle ranch where ordinary men all say it can't be done a cattle empire that defies all odds, a family that changes the course of Texas history, and a legacy that outlives the Old West.

    AudioAddict says: "Don't like westerns...LOVED this book!"
    "The Smell of Stale Whiskey, and Unwashed Bodies?"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed all four books in this series, and found them well written, and entertaining. However, I did not like the constant "indirect references" to how bad drinking, and smoking was, and how everyone should drink coffee. I felt that this was not the time or place for "PC" references like that. After all, these stories were time situated in the 1800's, and people smoked, drank, and chewed tobacco back then, and still do, and there weren't many places to take a bath in those days, unless you wanted to jump into a cold river or creek to wash up. Indoor plumbing had not been invented yet. I also thought the author went a "bit" overboard on the "love scenes" between Buck & Rebecca, and Cody & Julianna.
    Also, the author brings a whole new meaning to the word "fiction" in these books, the main characters could do no wrong, they were constantly falling into situations that caused them to make zillions of dollars, ..........I wish I could fall into just one of those situations these days! These are good books, and if you like westerns you will enjoy them, just a bit to much on the romantic side for me. I do hope the author intends to continue the series!

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6010)
    Performance
    (5291)
    Story
    (5337)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "Very, very good book!"
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    Not going to mince words here, this is a very good book/story. I'm no professional book critic by any means, but I know a good story when I hear it, and this is one of them! It's somewhat similar to that movie with Dustin Hoffman in it, but this plague goes much farther, and more intricate than that movie. What happens in this book could very well happen here in the United States, all it takes is one little mistake...............................

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bone Fire: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark Spragg
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Award-winning author Mark Spragg writes about the American West with unmatched skill and vision. In Bone Fire Spragg weaves the tale of Ishawooa, Wyoming, a city marred by the realities of modern life. Sheriff Crane Carlson is having enough trouble with his pot-addled and alcoholic wife when he finds a teen murdered in a meth lab. Violence seems to be exploding all over the small town, but even as the situation spirals out of control, Carlson finds moments of compassion and beauty.

    Timothy says: "This Is Not A Western"
    "This Is Not A Western"
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    Not much to say, but I do have another book by this author "An Unfinished Life", which I will say is way more Western than this book is, and is very good btw. This is a good book also, but is very far from being a Western, it is about people, and their everyday lives. Yes, there is some talk, and experiences about horses in it. Don't let the mediocre rating diswade you from experiencing this book, I did enjoy it, it just wasn't what I expected from this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Streets of Laredo

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Daniel Von Bargen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (220)

    The final book of Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove tetralogy is an exhilarating tale of legend and heroism. Captain Woodrow Call, August McCrae's old partner, is now a bounty hunter hired to track down a brutal young Mexican bandit. Riding with Call are an Eastern city slicker, a witless deputy, and one of the last members of the Hat Creek outfit, Pea Eye Parker, now married to Lorena -- once Gus McCrae's sweetheart. This long chase leads them across the last wild streches of the West....

    Pamela Pequeno says: "Torturous listening"
    "McMurtry The Emotion Killer"
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    Although I like McMurtry's books, this one just seemed to take the cake when I finished it tonight. It seems to me that Larry loves to introduce his characters into his stories, gets you to love them or hate them, and then kills them off slowly! I think he just likes to play with his "readers-listeners" emotions, similarly to some of his characters "killings". Why else would all the main characters be gone now, in the Lonesome Dove saga's, well......almost gone, only one's left are P-i, Lorena, and barely by a whisker, Call.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Comanche Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry, Frank Muller
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (544)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (282)

    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"
    "MUCH BETTER THAN THE MOVIE"
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    I disliked the movie so much, that I never even thought about the book for quite sometime. Though as usual, once I checked the book out, I found that it was extremely interesting, and again, as usual, the movie couldn't hold a candle to the book! If you liked "Lonesome Dove", you'll love this book, as it is yet another saga in the series of Gus & Captain Call that preceeds Lonesome Dove. It gives the full background on "Blue Duck", the loathsome character who stole Lorena, and abused her severely in Lonesome Dove.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Last of the Breed

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By David Strathairn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (227)

    This is the compelling story of U.S. Air Force Major Joe Mack, a man born out of time. When his experimental aircraft is forced down in Russia and he escapes a Soviet prison camp, he must call upon the ancient skills of his Indian forebears to survive the vast Siberian wilderness. Only one route lies open to Mack: the path of his ancestors, overland to the Bering Strait and across the sea to America. But in pursuit is a legendary tracker....

    Jim says: "Louis Lamour Fan"
    "The Magician Weaves His Magic Again."
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    As a L'Amour die-hard I had my doubts about purchasing this book, but my fears were soon alleviated as Louis wove his magic at intertwining the past with the present. Although not a western, this book has much about the Souix Indians, adventure, living off the land in extreme conditions, as the main character Joe Mack treks through Siberia, to escape the Russian military and KGB. No one but Louis L'Amour could write this book, and as usual very good narration by David Stratharin. As said by in a reveiw by another Audible listener this book ends as if there is to be a sequel, I wait "impatiently" for that sequel!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Give your Heart to the Hawks: A Tribute to the Mountain Men

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Win Blevins
    • Narrated By Michael Taylor
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    This is the true story of America's mountain men, including Jed Smith, John Fitzpatrick, Bill Williams and Jim Bridger, actual people and their actual doings. Every substantial event is verified by journals, newspapers, books and diaries, recording the events at the time.

    Timothy says: "If You Like Stories of America Before It Was......"
    "If You Like Stories of America Before It Was......"
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    This review is for Parts 1&2. If you love "true" stories of Mountain Men in the late 1700's early 1800's you'll love this book. Very informative, and entertaining. Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, Jeb Smith, Lewis & Clark, there all in here, and more! Loads of stories about Native Americans, Mountain Man Rondevous, hard times, good times, etc.. I also really liked the "narrator", he reminded me of the person who narrated the Walt Disney "animal" movies, for those of you who can remember, he was an absolute joy to listen to, and had me laughing out loud at times. If we could get history teachers to "teach" history the way this guy narrates, all our students would get an A+ in history. This book is worth every penny!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Far North: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Marcel Theroux
    • Narrated By Yelena Schmulenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    My father had an expression for a thing that turned out bad. He'd say it had gone west. But going west always sounded pretty good to me. After all, westwards is the path of the sun. And through as much history as I know of, people have moved west to settle and find freedom. But our world had gone north, truly gone north, and just how far north I was beginning to learn.

    Joan says: "Spellbinding!"
    "Don't Know-Maybe It Was Just Me."
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    This has got to be the most boring book I have purchased. Being a "big" listener of books about the North, and cold areas of the world, and listening to a sample of this book I thought it would be such, but it was not. In fact, after listening to this book I'm not real sure what it was about. There was much talk about the female anatomy, and how bad women are treated, but it seemed to me this author never really got to the point he/she was trying to make. There were some sections that held my attention/anticipation, but very few. I'm thinking maybe this story had something to do with global warming and the after effects of it, but don't hold me to that, because frankly I'm not sure about that either. The story dwelled on her face being scarred with acid, her father-dieing, her years in concentration camps, trying to kill herself, deserted cities/towns, radiation, etc., this book was all over the place. Wish I could get a refund. My opinion,......don't waste your money on this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • An Unfinished Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Mark Spragg
    • Narrated By Tony Amendola, Judith Marx
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Jean Gilkyson is floundering in a trailer house in Iowa with yet another brutal boyfriend when she realizes this kind of life has got to stop, especially for the sake of her daughter, Griff. But the only place they can run to is Ishawooa, Wyoming, where Jean's loved ones are dead and her father-in-law, the only person who could take them in, wishes that she was, too.

    Marie E Nelson says: "An enjoyable story"
    "Unfortunately I have lived this book."
    Overall

    I live in Wyoming. I definately feel a "kinship" with the main character in this story. Sadness prevails here where I live alone, because I lost my son also, August 2008.
    Although the movie is very good, played by my favorite movie actors Redford & Freeman, I feel the book is much better, and I wish the movie had stayed closer to the way the book was written.
    I hope no one ever has to go through the loss of their child. As was said in the movie, "We (parents), are not supposed to outlive our children".
    To bad I don't have someone like Morgan Freeman to lean on. You will enjoy this book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3031)
    Performance
    (1504)
    Story
    (1531)

    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"
    "Lonesome Dove"
    Overall

    As with most people living out west such as I do (Wyoming), you've probably watched the movie at least 10 times. Take my word for it if you like westerns (Oaters' as they call 'em), you will love this book. The narrator did not do Gus' part very well but the rest was very good. It is to bad they couldn't make the movie 36 hours long! Do not let the time on this book daunt you in any way, because once you start listening you will not want to shut it off.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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