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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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    Allen Anthony 06-15-16 Member Since 2013

    Listening to good books from around the world, in the comfort of home....

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    "Thank God for the souls than framed our country"

    Even though this book is fiction the personalities are real enough that most any family, that had descendants that settled into the West could recognize qualities from this book that may have come from their very own families.
    This is the first of a trilogy but there is plenty of pain and loss to go around for 4or5 family's.
    I really enjoyed and I constantly found myself punching up for 30 more min. For 2 nights...
    It was a pleasure taking a break from my usual gener and listen to a western written in the vein of Lonsome Dove

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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.

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    Dawn 02-04-15
    Dawn 02-04-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent read"

    This was very different from the Kerney series. It included history of the west which I enjoyed immensely. George Guidall was brilliant as ever! I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
    Excellent job as usual for the McGarrity/Guidall effort.

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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 01-03-15
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 01-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Characters are minimally drawn"

    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.

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    Cheryl Rochester Hills, MI, United States 01-24-14
    Cheryl Rochester Hills, MI, United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Settling the West"

    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!

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    PAR-TEE 01-01-14
    PAR-TEE 01-01-14

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    "Good ole western yarn...."

    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.

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