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Appaloosa Audiobook

Appaloosa

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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)

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    The Periodic Carpenter Texas 01-09-17 Member Since 2012

    Studied Literature. Went to war. Wrote some stories. Spend most of my time reading, watching, or listening to stories while I work.

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    "Western with a realistic feel"

    Short Review:
    Good, realistic western with believable characters and effective narration. Kind of on the short side, but definitely worth the read.

    Longer Review:

    Story:
    One of the better westerns I've read. Parker does a great job constructing a realistic story (at least I think so - it's hard to verify that without being 150 years old or a well-studied historian). There's no ridiculous gunfights or chases. No superhuman feats of combat or marksmanship with period weapons. It has some wonderful complexities without being at all hard to follow. In short, I can see this happening.

    Characters:
    He fills his story with believable characters that are exceptionally well-tuned for and by the story. Hitch's narration is down-to-earth and has a kind of clipped efficiency that is consistent with his character. Cole's actions and decisions give him depth that many gunfighters in western lore tend to lack. Most men (and women) probably know someone in real life like Allie. The list goes on.

    Narration:
    Titus Welliver does a good job on the narration. His voice feels true to the Hitch's character. I was glad to see that he has done the narration for all the Cole and Hitch stories that are actually written by Parker. This will give the series (which I have yet to finish) a sense of consistency.

    Other:
    Appaloosa is relatively short by my standards (usually books I listen to average to 9 or 11 hours and change). I'm torn because on one hand the books lacks useless filler, which makes it efficient and therefore more effective. On the other, I want the story to go on longer.

    Overall, if you like westerns, I definitely say to give this one a read. Because of the shorter length, if you're weighing the best use of your credits, you might purchase this one at the audible discounted rate so you can use your credit on something longer/more expensive.

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    Jimmy Heise 09-19-16
    Jimmy Heise 09-19-16
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    "Well done"

    Well done. Hard to listen to at first. Only because I've seen the movie so many times I want to hear Vigo Mortensen' voice. It is what was in my head as I read this book as well as the others in the series. Got over it. Good job.

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    Christopher 07-19-16
    Christopher 07-19-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Fine western adventure"

    Titus Welliver delivers a fine performance. Well written characters. Exciting story, with a series of surprising plot twists. Very good, while being completely different than a Spenser novel. I recommend for any listeners who enjoy hard boiled noir story with unusual setting.

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    Michael A. 04-24-15
    Michael A. 04-24-15
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    "Think "Western Noir""
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    Tightly written. Fast paced. Interesting characters. You will immediately go buy the 3 other westerns in this series that Robert Parker wrote himself - if for no other reason than Titus Welliver's narration. He makes it real. You can see the landscape, the town, the people. You can smell the gun smoke after all the shooting is done - and there are a lot of gunfights.

    Listen to these novels - don't read them. You will be glad you did.

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    Sarah 12-23-14
    Sarah 12-23-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Appaloosa is sensational!!"

    Titus Welliver is perfect as the narrator for this fantastic book Appoloosa. And as usual Robt. B. Parker hit another homerun with this western series about Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole. I am a HUGE RBP FAN and have read most if his books except the westerns. The story line is great, the dialogue is tight , spare. I loved it and highly recommend this book!! I can't wait to hear the next book in the series which is Resolution!

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    Daniel Collins 09-15-14
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    "Not for kids"
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    I downloaded this audible book for my kids to listen to. There was a rape scene in the first 5 minutes. Awkward.

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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 08-20-13
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2017

    I love books!

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    "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.

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    Teresa 06-25-13
    Teresa 06-25-13 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy listening to great detective mysterie & also great thrillers. I enjoy books also by Vince Flynn, David Baldaci including assasins.

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    "Western written wonderfully!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Appaloosa the most enjoyable?

    The description of the west and the wonderful characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story made you feel like you were there.


    What about Titus Welliver’s performance did you like?

    He sounded like a true westerner in the old west.


    If you could take any character from Appaloosa out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Everett.


    Any additional comments?

    I never thought I would like a listening to a western novel. But this one and ones in this series have changed my mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lady M 05-16-13
    Lady M 05-16-13
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    "What?????"

    I've read and listen to hundreds of books, and whether they are entertaining, so-so or boring I can't remember any not having a definite theme and plot, even if a poor one--the "plot" being the literal step by step action in a story leading the reader/listener to some conclusion --- the "theme" the moral of the story, what the reader should take away as the main idea.

    It's hard to say, but I would say the plot was the hiring of a Marshal and his Deputy to clean up the town ran by the bully who killed the previous Marshal and Deputy. The Marshal falling for a lady (but very little dialog between them) who wanted to be with the top man of the town (the Marshall until someone better came along). That was it!

    They rode up in the hills and watched the Appaloosa stallion with his mares (thus the name of the "story"?), but didn't say why, never tied it into anything. I can guess, by the dialog of the Marshal and his Deputy and later when they took the lady with them that it was to drive home a point that a stallion (depicting men) had to be constantly vigilant to keep his mares together and fight other stallions to keep them, the top stallion would get the mares (depicting her). But I'm just guessing, they gave no reason for watching the wild horses.

    There was no step by step action that led to a conclusion, no moral of the story that I could see. I listened to the end, and came away with NOTHING!

    Titus Welliver has a good reading voice, but there was too many "he said", "she said". It was probably written that way in the book, because when he did talk for the different characters he did well.

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    Margaret Santa Clara, CA, United States 02-25-13
    Margaret Santa Clara, CA, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "An easy read."

    I you like Parker's writing , and have an afternoon , and don't want to do any heavy brain work this is your book. True buddies to the death . Very loosely based on The OK Corral gun fight. Ended in the middle of the story so the next book is a must.

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