We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
Hard Country: A Novel | [Michael McGarrity]

Hard Country: A Novel

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.
Regular Price:$34.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (235 )
5 star
 (102)
4 star
 (86)
3 star
 (33)
2 star
 (9)
1 star
 (5)
Overall
4.2 (210 )
5 star
 (96)
4 star
 (73)
3 star
 (32)
2 star
 (8)
1 star
 (1)
Story
4.4 (214 )
5 star
 (124)
4 star
 (63)
3 star
 (21)
2 star
 (5)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Harris Henderson, TX, United States 11-13-13
    Harris Henderson, TX, United States 11-13-13 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Awesome"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. For anyone that knows the western lifestyle, this is a great book


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    I love the fact that Mr Guidall can change the deflection in his voice to sound like so many different characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Knowing some people in West Texas and New Mexico and a litte bit about the area, I could easily visualize the story and characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sandra 02-01-13
    Sandra 02-01-13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    54
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "simply marvelous!"

    I am a fan of the entire Kevin Kerney series, and this epic back story of the Kerney family is simply marvelous. Narrator George Guidall is a master.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    mark NEWPORT, NC, United States 12-27-12
    mark NEWPORT, NC, United States 12-27-12 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    30
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great book and story"
    What made the experience of listening to Hard Country the most enjoyable?

    George does a great job!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think that the author goes into just enough detail to keep you interested and the story line is excellent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michael kansas city, MO, United States 11-06-12
    Michael kansas city, MO, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    22
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    181
    55
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    6
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "an ounce of prevention"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Pamela P.W. Knopp High Rolls, NM United States 09-23-12
    Pamela P.W. Knopp High Rolls, NM United States 09-23-12 Member Since 2012

    I am an avid reader of paper books and kindle books, and I never drive without an audio book in the car. Never.

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Time Travel into the History of New Mexico"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hard Country to be better than the print version?

    I very much enjoyed the audio edition of this book, and my ability to take it everywhere with me.


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

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Heart rending, amusing, and always completely absorbing, I recommend Hard Country to all readers, and everyone interested in New Mexico history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kindle Customer Seattle, WA, United States 05-23-12
    Kindle Customer Seattle, WA, United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    45
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I reallly liked this book."

    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

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Robert Ballinger, Texas, United States 06-30-12
    Robert Ballinger, Texas, United States 06-30-12 Member Since 2010
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Western Story in New Mexico 1867 to 1900s"
    What made the experience of listening to Hard Country the most enjoyable?

    This was a very good story of the hardships of ranching in west Texas and New Mexico during the late 1800s.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to seeing this book made into a Movie...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    C. Oneal California 01-08-14
    C. Oneal California 01-08-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    68
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    107
    67
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good but not great"
    Would you try another book from Michael McGarrity and/or George Guidall?

    Perhaps


    Was Hard Country worth the listening time?

    Yes, it fit for what I needed. It didn't require a lot of attention, was interesting and entertaining.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 11-18 of 18 results PREVIOUS12NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.