Stories from the Range: Book One
After a year in medical school, Dakota Holden returned home to take care of the family business full time and help his father cope with multiple sclerosis. Devoted to his family, Dakota allows himself just one week of vacation a year, which he spends in some exotic location having all the fun he can stand. On his last vacation, a cruise, Dakota struck up a friendship with Phillip Reardon, and it fills an important role in Dakota’s life.
So when Phillip decides to take Dakota up on his invitation to visit the ranch, Dakota is happy to see him and meet his veterinarian friend, Wally Schumacher. Despite Wally’s inclination to help the wolves Dakota’s men shoot to protect the cattle, he and Dakota find they have a lot in common, including a fierce attraction. But they’ll have to decide if the Wyoming range is big enough for Dakota’s cattle, Wally’s wolves, and their love.
©2010 Andrew Grey (P)2013 Andrew Grey
The story is sweet, but uneven. For example two of the main characters are in the car heading west on vacation. They run into a huge tornado large enough to level houses and move cars and they are caught in the middle of it under an overpass. You'd think something that horrific would be part of the plot, or part of the character development, but it never went anywhere. It was never mentioned again except to say to their friends that they were in a tornado on their way out west.
The worst of the book is the narration. I feel Mr. Gelder never read the book before he narrated it. It is very clear the author expected the main character, Dakota to have a "deep, raspy voice". It's actually part of the story line. But Mr Gelder decided on a high, whiny voice instead. Dakota is a muscular ranch owner. I really didn't want to have his voice be wimpy. Major disappointment. The object of Dakota's affection is a slight, young man. Gelder decided to give him the deeper voice. The women's voices and Dakota's voices are indistinguishable. And most everyone has some odd accent that I can't quite place.
I think this may be a book better read than listened to.
Where do I begin? Well, the story felt unnatural, kind of contrived. I finally stopped listening when out of the blue, a very minor character suddenly announces his homosexuality out of nowhere for really no good reason that has anything to do with anything in a strange attempt to add drama, where none was really needed. I had great sympathy for the protagonist wanting to take care of his sick father, but by dropping out of medical school? Really?? Does the author know how incredibly difficult it is to get into medical school and how incredibly proud his father would be to have his son complete that arduous journey not to mention he deprived some poor soul of that spot in his class? Disgusting actually.
The narration was confusing to me, trying to add accents and inflections that never made any sense to me not to mention his attempts to do female voices was very poor. Then there's the road trip with the sudden appearance of Wally with Phillip. The details of their trip out west was pointless and boring, just as it would be pointless and boring for me to go on. I might try one more Andrew Grey story in the future, but with no expectations.
I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!
I loved this book! After reading almost all of Andrew Grey's "Love Means..." series, which all follow a similar storyline and the same setting, it is a refreshing change. The characters are likeable and the story is easy to follow. I can't wait to listen again!
I did not like the narrator's interpretation of Dakota. He made him sound like a 10 year old girl. Dakota is suppose to be a 200+lb cowboy, WTF? On the other hand Wally has a deep baritone voice. It was weird.
If you enjoy sweet cowboy stories, you'll like this book. Just try to ignore the high pitched voice of Dakota.
This is the first of the series. I enjoyed listening to it, it kept me company at the gym. I like cowboy stories, this filled the bill nicely although the voice of Dakota was a bit of a surprise, it was lighter and more feminine than I expected.
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