Appaloosa Audiobook | Robert B. Parker | Audible.com
We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
Appaloosa | [Robert B. Parker]

Appaloosa

When it comes to writing, Robert B. Parker knows no boundaries. From the iconic Spenser detective series and the novels featuring Sunny Randall and Jesse Stone, to the groundbreaking historical novel Double Play, Parker's imagination has taken readers from Boston to Brooklyn and back again. In Appaloosa, fans are taken on another trip, to the untamed territories of the West during the 1800s.
Regular Price:$22.60
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

When it comes to writing, Robert B. Parker knows no boundaries. From the iconic Spenser detective series and the novels featuring Sunny Randall and Jesse Stone, to the groundbreaking historical novel Double Play, Parker's imagination has taken readers from Boston to Brooklyn and back again. In Appaloosa, fans are taken on another trip, to the untamed territories of the West during the 1800s.

When Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch arrive in Appaloosa, they find a small, dusty town suffering at the hands of renegade rancher Randall Bragg, a man who has so little regard for the law that he has taken supplies, horses, and women for his own and left the city marshal and one of his deputies for dead. Cole and Hitch, itinerant lawmen, are used to cleaning up after opportunistic thieves, but in Bragg they find an unusually wily adversary, one who raises the stakes by playing not with the rules, but with emotions.

This is Robert B. Parker at his storytelling best.

©2005 Robert B. Parker; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[A] stunning western....This is one of Parker's finest." (Publishers Weekly)
"Parker fans will expect the action and the smart-ass banter, but it's the sense of melancholy and irrevocable sacrifice that will separate this fine novel from most of the author's recent work." (Booklist)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (288 )
5 star
 (134)
4 star
 (84)
3 star
 (47)
2 star
 (12)
1 star
 (11)
Overall
4.1 (95 )
5 star
 (44)
4 star
 (24)
3 star
 (20)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (5)
Story
4.2 (93 )
5 star
 (45)
4 star
 (28)
3 star
 (15)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (4)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Jeffrey Laureldale, PA, USA 07-07-05
    Jeffrey Laureldale, PA, USA 07-07-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "One of the Best Old west tales"

    This was a great book. A great and realistic tale about two Old West Marshalls. It has everything Friendships, gunfights, mercenaries, Train robbberies, Murder, Indians; everything you would expect from old west fiction. If you are a fan of the Wyatt earp tales or enjoy old west sagas like the HBO show Deadwood. This book is highly recommended.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Barbara Blaine, WA, United States 01-14-06
    Barbara Blaine, WA, United States 01-14-06 Member Since 2003
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "I am over 60 but ..."

    Maybe because most of my Saturday afternoons were spent at the local theater where the tickets were $.25 cents and popcorn was $.10 and every third movie was a western, but I loved this audible book. I liked the characters, I liked the plot, I really liked the reading. It was one of those books that stayed with me for days after and made picking up the next listen difficult. You do not have to be a guy with a Zane Gray collection to appreciate this novel.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dennis Amarillo, TX, USA 06-14-05
    Dennis Amarillo, TX, USA 06-14-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "A Good Western"

    I never read or listened to any Robert Parker books that didn't have Spencer in them. He can sure write a good western. It was one of his best books that I had experienced so far. If you like a good western, you will love this book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Gregory Guelph, ON, Canada 01-10-07
    Gregory Guelph, ON, Canada 01-10-07
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "excellent"

    The story, the relaxed pace, the characters are all classic western genre. I listened to this on a 9 hr. drive and the time melted away. I was transported to the world of Parker's creation. Each chapter (and there's a lot of them) is short and moves the story forward. I kept wondering, how is this going to resolve itself - and that part is so simple but elegant I laughed; yet the sentiment of the resolution left me emotionally satisfied in a way few books ever do. Fanfriggintastic.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 01-14-06
    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 01-14-06 Member Since 2003

    Black

    HELPFUL VOTES
    496
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    353
    77
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    41
    0
    Overall
    "I am over 60 but ..."

    Maybe because most of my Saturday afternoons were spent at the local theater where the tickets were $.25 cents and popcorn was $.10 and every third movie was a western, but I loved this audible book. I liked the characters, I liked the plot, I really liked the reading. It was one of those books that stayed with me for days after and made picking up the next listen difficult. You do not have to be a guy with a Zane Gray collection to appreciate this novel.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    John Puckapunyal, Australia 09-18-08
    John Puckapunyal, Australia 09-18-08 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    20
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Tough characters, tough talk, tough country"

    An engrossing (if rather short) story, with gritty non-nonsense characters and some clever dialogue. Mercifully free of the usual Western cliches and central-casting characters, the two lead figures are interesting and well described. A longer book would have allowed more development of their characters and the supporting cast, but its still satisfying. I'll definitely look for more like this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    04-20-07
    04-20-07 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Great western"

    Great audio book with wonderful characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Virgil MIDDLETOWN, OH, USA 06-15-05
    Virgil MIDDLETOWN, OH, USA 06-15-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Wow... what a book."

    I just finished listening to Appaloosa. If you like the western Genre then this is a great book. If you don't, it is still a great book. It flows well from beginning to end. It is a true Story of friendship.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Daniel Sidney, BC, Canada 06-29-05
    Daniel Sidney, BC, Canada 06-29-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Deeep plot."

    It's been awhile since I've read a Western and I guess there's not always that much too them. This one was mediocre in my mind. The cowboy dialogue was funny and I like the way it was written in the first person (which worked well for the narrator). My main complaint was that the plot was pretty light and there weren't alot of details to supplement that fact.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 08-20-13
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2005

    I love books!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    420
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    368
    232
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    85
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "classic western"

    First time author, one of the ways I find books is when I see a movie I like, theater or TV, I look to see who wrote the novel then i check audible to see what they have written, how they are rated, and if I feel I would like to listen to a book by the author. This is one of those. Robert B Parker is best known for the detective series Spenser, which was made into a TV series called Spenser for Hire, which I don't believe I ever saw. Further Parker wrote the Jesse Stone detective novels which were made into TV movies, which I did see and like and made me check out his books. He wrote a third series which was a classic western series called Hitch and Cole. This book was nothing but a classic western tale. It had everything, good guys, bad guys, a woman, some Kiowa's and set in a town called Appaloosa, which lies somewhere in the plains between the Mississippi River and Denver. This was a fairly short book and an easy read. If you like classic westerns that are entertaining, then you'll like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 19 results PREVIOUS12NEXT
Sort by:
  • Ian
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    4/12/09
    Overall
    "mean and moody"

    This story grabs you from the very start. The two main protagonists engage in quirky monosyllabic conversations, which are delivered excellently by a superb narrration. It is a buddy story about two lawmen who have their own rules they live by. The story bowls along at a good pace, with outlaws, shoot outs, indians and everything else you want in a wild west story.
    I highly recommend this to all those who love a good story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-1 of 1 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.