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Hard Country Audiobook

Hard Country: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Majorie 06-20-16
    Majorie 06-20-16
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    "Engrossing historical fiction of the Tularosa area"

    I loved this book in part because I live in Southwest New Mexico and the novel is based on real historical figures from Pat Garrett to Eugene Rhodes. The description of the Tularosa Basin before it was overgrazed was so accurate - also known as the short grass prairie - it is gone now because of drought and overgrazing. The ranching descriptions are dead-on. The people who settled this country fell in love with the mountains and valleys and despite often incredible hardships made a living. I also appreciated the fact that this was not just about the Anglos (white men and women) who settled the area but also brought to life the roles of the early Hispanic settlers, Buffalo soldiers and Apaches. New Mexico is a land rich in history and cultural diversity and Michael McGarrity makes it come alive. Bravo also to George Guidall whose narration is terrific.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gypsy Wife Back on Boogie Street 09-20-16
    Gypsy Wife Back on Boogie Street 09-20-16 Member Since 2008

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    "A Perfect Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hard Country to be better than the print version?

    Unknown


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cal Durham, because of his sweetness and loyalty


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in which Patrick gave CJ Cal's refurbished saddle.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither, but I'm on mood altering meds! I did listen to the entire book in two days.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't believe I have just now discovered these rich, powerful novels by McGarrity. I plan to listen to all of the Kerney Ranch books and the Kevin Kerney series. I love New Mexico and gain great pleasure from hearing about the history of her land and her people.

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    william joel ditto 07-27-16
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    "Excellent story"

    This novel demonstrates a great knowledge of the New Mexico landscape and lore of the area during the early years of the United States westward expansion. The author did a great job of telling a story about the start of a ranching family its hardships and its victories. Great character development and historical perspective.

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    J. Miner Rochester, Michigan 07-15-16
    J. Miner Rochester, Michigan 07-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Similar to Lonesome Dove, but different"
    Would you listen to Hard Country again? Why?

    Like Lonesome Dove, one of few I'll never tire of listening to again and again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard Country?

    Very hard to narrow down to just one.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Everything


    Who was the most memorable character of Hard Country and why?

    Cal and Emma. Cal for his humanity and good humor in the most difficult of times and Emma for her indomitable will to survive the worst, make the best of it, and leave things better.


    Any additional comments?

    Not since Lonesome Dove have I fell absolutely in love with a book and its characters.

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    rebecca Dallas, TX 07-01-16
    rebecca Dallas, TX 07-01-16 Member Since 2015

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    "novel with historical undertones"

    the book held my interest. I will probably read the next book by this author.

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    Nina Francione QUEEN CREEK, AZ, US 06-07-16
    Nina Francione QUEEN CREEK, AZ, US 06-07-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Very descriptive look at NM"

    Being from NM and having lived in Las Cruces it was fun learning about the settling of the area.

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    Hobie Houston, TX, United States 06-05-16
    Hobie Houston, TX, United States 06-05-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Well done, thank you Micheal & George"

    Another great historical fiction by Mike McGarrity. Excellent noval depicting the hard perils of life brought to life by the narrator..

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    S. Hutchins PDX 05-27-16
    S. Hutchins PDX 05-27-16 Member Since 2016

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    "I really enjoyed this novel."
    Where does Hard Country rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    McGarrity writes believable dialogue to develop his characters. One of the best western novels I have listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard Country?

    There were many. I most enjoyed moments that showed the complexity and realism of the characters thoughts and actions.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't have one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was tempting but I did not have time.


    Any additional comments?

    I believe the cultural detail expressing the time period and geography was authentic.

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    Sally Filler 09-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Classic story of family, hardship, and triumph"

    Very pleasant story artfully narrated by Mr. Guidall. I very much enjoyed the history of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico, the sights and sounds as seen through the eyes of the Kerney family. I would highly recommend it.

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    Michael 05-07-15
    Michael 05-07-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Great!"
    Where does Hard Country rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top. Covers 40+ years and provides the history behind the Kevin Kerney character.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Durant, John Kerney's partner.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The prime character is not a perfect person, flaws just like the rest of society.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I didn't. Great job!


    Any additional comments?

    If you like the Kevin Kerney series, you'll love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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