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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.
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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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    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 2014
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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 Member Since 2015
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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 2015

    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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    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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    Janne Redding, CA, United States 04-16-11
    Janne Redding, CA, United States 04-16-11 Member Since 2012
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    "How to know a good western"

    I really enjoyed this story and narrator. Good solid story telling with motivations as old as time. The sparseness of the language and the cadence created by "he said" repetitions evoke the western landscape and monotony of life. A good western is as basic as a good fable. I for one am thrilled that Robert B. Parker is writing in this genre. Take a listen to Titus Welliver's languid and thoughtful narration.

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    Steven Gulf Breeze, FL, United States 03-20-11
    Steven Gulf Breeze, FL, United States 03-20-11
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    "As good as Louis L'Amour's westerns"

    I've read every Louis L'Amour book twice, plus Lonesome Dove and many other westerns. This is just as good as all of those. I know the dialogue ends in "he said" a lot, but that's just Parker's style and the great narrator handles it.
    The writing is spare and to the point. Unlike many books, there are no extra words.
    I also highly recommend the Spenser books, too.
    However, I personally think Louis L'Amour's Last of the Breed (a non-western) is the best adventure book I've ever read.

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    C. J. Pritchett 03-31-10
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    "Worth the listen."

    I was torn between 3 and 4 stars for this. I ended up giving it 3 because while I enjoyed it, the dialog and character development were just a bit anemic.

    The choice of Titus Welliver for the narrator was a good one. He did an excellent job of conveying some of the quirkiness of the characters and his narration almost lifts this book to a 4 star.

    Yes, I'd buy and listen to another Robert Parker novel, especially if Mr. Welliver was the narrator.

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    Joe Davisburg, MI, USA 04-06-08
    Joe Davisburg, MI, USA 04-06-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Appaloosa (Unabridged)""

    Excellent Western Robert b Parker at his best

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