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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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    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 05-19-12
    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 05-19-12 Member Since 2007
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    "For want of an ending"

    I really enjoyed this book - the writing and narration were way above average. I would have enjoyed it more if there had been an ending that matched the story. It just sort of stopped at the nearest scene even if the scene didn't make sense

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Pattie Thomas 01-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Hard Country."

    This book is wonderful! The author captures your attention from the beginning and transports you from your world into that of his characters and keeps you there until "the end",

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    Lew 01-09-17
    Lew 01-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful"

    I was right there, in the mountains, on the ranch, anywhere the characters were. Loved this book...It made me gasp, laugh and cry. I will miss this story. Great characters and great reading.

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    Beverly J Johnson 01-01-17 Member Since 2013

    Over sixty, avid reader, Masters in German Literature.

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    "Old West adventures with person touch"

    This book features splendid characterizations that avoid trite stereotypes and an appreciation of the types of people it took to settle the West, particularly New Mexico territory. Anyone who enjoys history and adventure should enjoy this well told family saga.

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    rebecca dilley 12-11-16
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    "Good book and well written."


    moved fast, great characters, but lots of sorrow. yet, I imagine this would be the true west.

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    Don 12-07-16
    Don 12-07-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Many Twists and Turns."

    This is a well written story. However, it is not for the faint of heart. This book is a realistic look at what it was like to live in the west post-Civil War into the early 20th century. There is triumph, but within that triumph there is much heart ache in the book. I personally lost a son and therefore pieces of the book both tore at my heart and ministered to my soul. I recommend this to any father who is lost their beloved son.

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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

    Gypsy Wife

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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