National best-selling author and New Mexico native Michael McGarrity takes listeners to the wild territory of the late 19th-century American Southwest for this epic tale. After the deaths of his wife and brother, John Kerney gives up his West Texas ranch and heads south in search of a new home. Soon Kerney is offered work trailing cattle to the New Mexico Territory - a job that will forever change his life.
©2012 Michael McGarrity (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC
This was a western saga exploring New Mexico and three generations of a family and their lives on the frontier. The narrator George Guidall did an excellent job, however, even though the story was interesting, the characters were very lacking in emotional development.
I loved the character Cal Doran, however, we never got to know him well enough to focus on him and get to root for him. Instead, we are stuck with the most unlikeable main character, Patrick, who had a terrible personality and I disliked a lot.
This book is not like "Lonesome Dove" where we got to love the main characters. It does, nevertheless, capture the hardships of the west in New Mexico. I doubt that I will rush to purchase another book written by Michael McGarrity.
A very good novel of the hard life of the pioneers of the west and the characters, especially the heroine and the Mexican pioneers, were complex and very fairly written. I think I will listen to anything George Guidell reads and love it, though!
Just a simple cowboy story. very easy to read or listen to, yet I truly got into the characters and felt their joy, sorrow, and pain. I read/listen to "The Son" and enjoyed it but like this story better. Looking forward to the sequel. Highly recommended.
Yes. For anyone that knows the western lifestyle, this is a great book
I love the fact that Mr Guidall can change the deflection in his voice to sound like so many different characters.
Knowing some people in West Texas and New Mexico and a litte bit about the area, I could easily visualize the story and characters.
George does a great job!
I think that the author goes into just enough detail to keep you interested and the story line is excellent.
Say something about yourself!
great story.. loved the western take on New Mexico.. the characters were well developed.. although Patrick is a complete regret on the gift God gives of life.. at times he was hard to take.. CJ was a hero and Emma was taken for granted.. Cal was the ranch and this book is worth the credit.
I am an avid reader of paper books and kindle books, and I never drive without an audio book in the car. Never.
I very much enjoyed the audio edition of this book, and my ability to take it everywhere with me.
I cried more than once during this story and sobbed at the end. The characters are so real and I got to know them very well. Then, as the years passed and they aged and then died, it I felt I was losing a good friend.
George Guidall was a good choice for narrator of this book. He did the voices of the youngsters and the aging, roughened cowboys with equal believability.
Heart rending, amusing, and always completely absorbing, I recommend Hard Country to all readers, and everyone interested in New Mexico history.
I thimnk that this was a really great book. I am familiar with that part of New Mexico and the book brought back all kinds of good memories following the caracters from place to place
and town to town. The author really knows his people. horses, and cows and although this
is the first book I have read by Mcgarrity, I am now a fan..Also., I think ther reader is
one of the very best
This was a very good story of the hardships of ranching in west Texas and New Mexico during the late 1800s.
Looking forward to seeing this book made into a Movie...
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