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 are many interesting stories in this book. If the stories were longer, it would have made it much better. Overall, I would recommend this to others.
Some of the grammar was pretty bad. "from which they came from"
It's likely. I've been a long time Grisham fan.
The accents were alright, but too many characters sounded like a typical Bill Clinton imitation to me.
The main gripe I have is that the story plot and ending especially were very predictable. Coming from someone who's read every Grisham book, this one was okay I guess. Other recent efforts were far more interesting, entertaining, and juicy in terms of content.
This was just full of exaggerated plot twists and farfetched events. The alcoholic disbarred lawyer quickly finds the long lost brother of Seth in spite of virtually no leads, the brother makes a miraculous recovery and makes it to Mississippi inspire of being detained by a detective, , Porsche as an intern, etc. It was all pretty lame in my opinion.
I love anything regarding our brave soldiers. The drama and detail that went into describing what the seals went through, how they died, and are remembered were the best parts.
The deaths of the three comrades. Each was horrible, cringing, and suspenseful.
My only issue about this story was the pervasive arrogance of the author. It's one thing to be 100% self confident in one's abilities, and in maintaining a can-do attitude at all times; especially when in battle.
But to mock foreigners for their turbans or bragging that the seals will always win is more about the talk than the walk. I thought seals were about walking the walk, and letting others do the talking. Not so much in this book.
Aside from the constant bragging, it's a hell of a story.
This story drags along. I didn't complete it as result.
There is far too much irrelevant detail on public displays of affection rather than moving the story along. I understand some color is great for fiction but there is too much here. Authors need to hook their readers in from the first sentence or paragraph at minimum or lose them.
If you like sappy stories with lots of kissing and hugging and emotions, mixed with an interesting story concept, you can give it a listen. But I personally want my credit back.
While I can't agree with all the claims, there are many elements that cause me to wonder how much more there is to the stories of global conspiracies.
You cannot fairly dismiss conspiracy books without hearing the controversies for yourself. There are many provocative points that one must consider. As the saying goes, where there's smoke, there's fire. I would recommend this book to others.
I don't believe everything the government, nor conspiracy theorists say equally. But I am open to consider all points to make up my own mind.
Absolutely! This is the struggle of a family that deals with much more than the issues with rebuilding a complicated business.
I wish the book were longer. I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a story concerning animal lovers, but also anyone who enjoys a realistic story about family matters surrounding love, death, and inspiration.
Any fan would enjoy this book.
I love his views on politics and religion. I only wish I could verbally match his sentiment and articulate such opinions on both subjects. I agree with him on all counts.
A few parts did drag in my opinion, but overall, I would recommend this book to others for some great insights and laughs.
The authenticity of the story. I grew up near where Chester did, so what he said brought back many memories.
I appreciated his recount of his childhood. Growing up with Navajos, I never really heard how they were treated by the Govt in the past.
I learned a lot. That's always a good thing.
I'm glad I had the opportunity to read this book. Not only learning of a Navajo's experience in life, but also in war. The Code Talkers did an amazing thing, in spite of their treatment by non-natives before and after their contributions.
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.
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