Jim Hawkins is a taciturn old cowboy who doesn't seem to do or say much of anything. But when he takes his young grandson Henry on a horseback ride through the countryside, he begins to recount the scenes of his own youth, especially the tragedies he faced during harsh Montana winter of 1886. Johnny D. Boggs' writing is tough and richly detailed throughout, and William Roberts' sonorous performance comes alive when inhabiting Boggs' colorful characters. Hard Winter mixes historical fiction, Western narrative, and coming-of-age memoir to create an engrossing and novel listen.
Johnny D. Boggs examines the disastrous winter of 1886-87 in this critically acclaimed novel of the West.
Jim Hawkins hardly said a word to anybody, but that all changed in the spring of 1920 when Hawkins took his young grandson, Henry Lancaster, along on a scouting trip. Scouting for memories.
The man who rarely talked tells his grandson how he came to Montana from Texas as a young teenager with his pards Tommy O'Hallahan and John Henry Kenton, cowboys looking for country free of barbed wire, and how the winter of 1886-87 changed his life.
This is a powerful character study, aimed for younger and older listeners, richly detailed, with emotions as raw as the brutal winter winds.
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Overall very good and refreshing western story. enjoyed it and would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a good CLEAN western
I've never read the printed version. Theres no way I could bring to life, the characters like Wiiliam Roberts did, with, "The Hard Winter" so I would have to answer Yes, it's WAAAAY better than the printed version.,
None. This is my first Western book... I was looking for something like The Long Winter, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, boy was I surprised!
My mind was completely blown... I was on pins and needles at the end, but completely captivated from the very beginning.
I was looking for a book about The Hard Winter, that Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about in "The Long Winter." I'm a Little House fan for goodness sake! However, the moment William Roberts opened his mouth and jumped into character I was on a whole different kind of Praire! Why heck I was a cowboy! I could not believe I was listening to a western, me of all people. As a Christian, I was very please that it was clean! Oh he cussed a lot and that's just what he said "I cussed him"... There were parts of this book that made me cringe! Yet it didn't lose me once. I like a well written story, and this is probably one of thee best written and preformed books, ever! In audible you can have a good story, but if the nararrator isn't top notch you lose my attention. The narrator was engaging, he pulls you through the blinding snow. You can feel the pelting ice tearing at your skin and you're begging for a light, a shelter, relief... And you're READING the book, but you're there! Buy the book you will not be disappointed.
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