I loved the reader! I'm unsure why others complained, because I feel Will Patton did a wonderful job of expressing a natural-sounding Texan accent. The story was great, too.
FOr me, the most memorable aspect was the view that the white soldiers and settlers were unable to properly defend themselves. Unlike most westerns which convey Mexicans and Native Americans as ignorant, evil animals (more of less), this book showed their prowess as hunters, skilled fighters, and strategic thinkers. In the end, the indians didn't lose.
Karl got my most sympathy and attention. He was clearly street smart more than book smart, which was good for his training as a Texas Ranger.
Will's portrayal of Caleb made me hate the character - as intended. He was evil, so the narrator made him sound obnoxious and just nasty. I was glad when he was shot down.
If you're looking for the typical western story where the good guys are sure to win in the end, you should find another book. But if you want a cool, colorful western story with many interesting characters and compelling events, then I recommend you download this book. I would gladly read it over again.The only reason I took a star off this review is because the story takes a weird turn at the end that is unrealistic and lame. A woman sings opera to scare the Indians off. This book was building towards a fight between Karl and Buffalo Hump, so it's stupid to end that scene in such a silly way. It could have been enough to have the prophetic white mule appear to send Buff running.
There is a lot to take in, but the confrontation with his father was fascinating and heartbreaking for sure.
His time at the special school - which was closed down - was entertaining.
The way in which the so-called doctor acted and behaved disgusted me beyond words. Also, Howard's father was particularly shocking in his reaction and excuses.
I hesitated to get this book for years, as the title seems too harsh. But believe me, it's a touching story about a young man who overcomes many heart-wrenching obstacles. Howard really is inspirational.
Above all, this story is more proof that parents need to spend more time with their kids, and not be so hasty as to put them on psychiatric drugs. Often, if you correct the problems at home, your kids might likewise improve their behavior.
I loved hearing more about the classic characters in this series. The Captain is my favorite.
But there was actually very little action within the town or literal streets of Laredo.; if you care… It should have been called, Crow Town.
I had some closure after reading most of the other books. Fans deserve closure. It's just not exactly what I expected.
No. I rarely speed the audio up but found myself annoyed with the narrator's pace and poor accents. Why so many pauses?
"he was walking a, long."
and "His name was Famous, Shoes."If this was the first book in the series I had picked up, I'd probably not have finished listening. But I wanted to know what happened to everyone.
I wish McMurtry didn't kill his characters off so readily or without a good explanation. If they must die, at least save it for the story and don't just eliminate them between books.
McMurtry built up Newt so much in Lonesome Dove, but he's suddenly gone like he was irrelevant.
Many of those older characters would have fit in perfectly in this book for instance, instead of creating new people with similar traits but different names.
And what happens to Clara is out of the blue. She's there, then she's stomped to death. No need! It's frustrating at times.
I would only recommend you get this book, if you're already hooked on the Lonesome Dove series. There is too much referential backstory involved to stand on its own.
Others say this isn't like Lonesome Dove, but it's not supposed to be. It's an intriguing continuation of the overall saga, and offers just as much hope and heartache as the other books in the series.
I just wish Audible kept the same narrator throughout for character voice consistency.
As for the author, he sure loves to kill off his best characters for seemingly no reason other than to remove them from the story. That part sucks a lot.
Well… the scat scene was gross but told in a funny way.
She performed the characters very well.
I wasn't sure what to expect, but I came away amused,if not shocked at what some people like to do for "fun".
Overall, the story was detailed and entertaining. It would've been nice to hear more of her life outside of work, but that's just my opinion. I'd read this again. Don't listen while eating.
I wasn't looking for political commentary, just action. This book has lots of action.
It reminds me of the Carlos Hathcock book.
He has the proper voice for this type of storytelling.
It wasn't, but I completed it in less than two days.
There is little emphasis upon motivations, philosophy, and political drama in this book. I like that a lot. This takes you directly into the action.
I liked learning about the basic personality details of Hitler and his inner circle. There's much that I never knew before.
What stood out was Linge's devotion and loyalty to Hitler. Even against his better judgment, he did what was asked.
This is a look at Hitler's life from the perspective of his personal assistant. It's very interesting, although I have to take some stories with a grain of salt. Although wordy at times, I would recommend this book to other history buffs.
I enjoyed hearing Stephen reading the stories as he intended them to be heard. Especially the yells/etc.
They kind of stand out on their own in the short story category. I mean, it's Stephen King…
The crazy maître d' was pretty wild. As for why? Just listen. :)
I'm not an avid reader of King's novels because they are simply too long. These stories are condensed, to-the-point, and just as horrific and entertaining.
The story is one where not all the good guys win, and not all the bad guys lose. It's perfect!
Anything involving Gus. He wasn't my favorite character at first, but was at the end.
Lee was perfect for this book; however, the audio is poorly produced. I can hear background white noise in parts, and over-modulated in the beginning.
Not your predictable western story.
I was stupid for putting off listening. I wish this story lasted longer so I could hear more of their adventures, commentary, etc. I highly recommend it!
I appreciated that he read the book himself. I didn't care for the portrayal of himself as the bigger person in every negative situation he encountered, or the obvious butt-kissing of Vince McMahon.
Don't use a credit on this particular audio book. It's written from the perspective of the character Hulk Hogan for the most part (including all the "brother" references), and lacks good details. I don't expect dirt but Mick FOley adds much detail without being disparaging. I'm sure there's much more to Hogan's life experience than this. It's mostly filler, brother.
No. Muchnick puts more effort into pointing fingers at the WWE rather than focusing on objectively describing the Benoit tragedy as a whole. Very disappointed.
Based on his biased handling of this subject, I can't trust his opinions.
The author's preamble was far too lengthy.
If you're looking for objective coverage of the Benoit story, this is not for you. The author spends endless time guessing what the WWE knew. You can get more unbiased details from Wikipedia.
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