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
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.
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
Leander McNelly, Captain of the Texas Rangers because he has that understated "coolness" that you just can't get enough of
"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!!
Familiar. Fresh. Fulfilling.
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.
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.
Any of them.
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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