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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.
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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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    Nancy 07-03-12
    Nancy 07-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A fine tribute to New Mexico"
    What did you love best about Hard Country?

    Mr McGarrity did outstanding job of research in New Mexico history and seamlessly wove it into his plot. His characters ring true - with all their strength and flaws. I love the way he portrays strong women. I recognize my father in his gentle hard working people of Tularosa and my mother (a Canadian), a World War II veteran nurse- another strong woman of character - who met ( and later married) my father in that war. His descriptions of the geography and weather of New Mexico. The way he used Eugene Manlove Rhodes in his story was great. The hard life of the ranchers was very well portrayed as well as the Mescalero Indians.

    I was fortunate to meet Mr. McGarrity when he spoke and read the first chapter of this book in Alamogordo, NM. It is my understanding it was the first of 3 books. I look forward to the rest and thank him for all his hard work on this book.


    What other book might you compare Hard Country to and why?

    I've heard people compare it to Lonesome Dove - but they are wrong - it stands alone and will become the new benchmark. It is a cut above.


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

    Yes, he does a fine job of narrating this tale.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I don't think a movie would cut it. It needs to be a mini series.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a tribute to all New Mexicans.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Chehalis, WA, United States 05-21-12
    Terri Chehalis, WA, United States 05-21-12
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    "Enjoyed it!"
    What made the experience of listening to Hard Country the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed Michael McGarrity's new book. It's different than his other books--following a family in New Mexico in the 1800's and early 1900's. The ending left me wondering if there will be a sequel. George Guidall is a wonderful narrator.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Surf City Swami 06-08-12

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    "Solid if Uninspired Cowboy Tale..."

    I'm a Michael McGarrity fan and I like his Kevin Kearny universe. This is a waaaay prequel that delves into the Kearny ancestry between the Civil and First World Wars. I was looking for some insight into what made Kevin Kearny...Kevin Kearny. Perhaps I'm asking too much. But, I'd like some foreshadowing and such. Not there. Not really. So, this story must be taken on its own merit and the result is a standard cowboy yarn. Not bad. Not terrific. Just okay. That is all.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    mar 12-14-12
    mar 12-14-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Hard Country lives up to it's title."

    This is the best book I have listened to in over a year. My husband is the lover of coyboy stories, but this sounded interesting so I decided to give it a try. Don't let the lenght of the book deter you, I wanted more.
    The characters are really well developed, the writer and narrator give you a real feel for the times and country. This is no place for wimps and thouchy-feely types, rather tough, stoic, deal with the situation and move on types. Which is not to say there is no friendship or love for characters. Quite the opposite, the story shows how love, loyalty and friendship bridge the years.
    The story runs from the mid 1800's to WWI, chronicling the changes in the country side, towns coming and going, and inventions (electricity/ cars). The characters are so real, and the narration is superb. I will definitely look for more books narrated by George Guidall.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 09-03-12
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Hard country, but an easy listen"

    Every so often, I like to listen to an old fashioned western, complete with cowboys, cattle drives, and gun slingers. This was a great choice. Good story, well narrated, and an easy listen. If you like books like Lonesome Dove and that genre, you'll like this. So "jingle your spurs", download, and enjoy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 04-09-14
    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 04-09-14 Member Since 2003

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    "Not a formula cowboy story"

    Characters with depth, unexpected events, insights into regional history, outstanding reader. You do not have to like western novels to appreciate this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rexm 06-30-12
    Rexm 06-30-12 Member Since 2001
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    The book very nicely walks you thru a family's day to day life, in New Mexico from late 1800's to early 1900s. The characters were developed well and very real.
    I really enjoyed sharing part of their life on their small cattle and horse ranch and in the small towns, feeling their joys and sorrows.

    I have been audible member for almost 10 years and this book is in my top 10 list, up there with Painted House. I was very disappointed when it ended.
    I am going to pick up another one from this author this month.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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 Member Since 2012

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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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