Fate has brought about a reunion with a brother Buck Cordell thought was dead. Hard work and perseverance brought both of them success beyond their wildest expectations.
But the loss of Buck’s best friend and partner caused him to re-examine his priorities and decide “Family” was the highest priority of all.
©2010 Dusty Rhodes (P)2010 Books In Motion
I am an avid eclectic reader.
I have read the series in order and book IV brings it all together nicely. The importance of family comes through loud and clear in this book. Lots of action, cattle drives, travel by horse back, buggy, stagecoach, ship, river boat and train give a wide view of the west. This book covers the cattle drives, people moving into the west and the building of the railroad. I hope that this in not the last book in the series. Gene Engene narrated the entire series. His voice goes well with the wild frontier.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (western) - I have totally loved this series -- good writing, well-developed characters, lots of action and a great story line -- but this book was my least favorite. The series is about two brothers (Cody and Buck) who are separated by the Civil War and the murder of their parents by Indians. They are reunited in this book, which is kind of a spoiler but they mention it in the synopsis so I'm not giving away anything new. The reuinion is unexpected and totally awesome, but it's in the beginning of this book, and in my opinion everything that happens after that is anticlimactic. Heartwarming and enjoyable, but kind of just filler stuff.
PERFORMANCE - Mr. Engene is a great narrator. He has so many different cowboy character voices that he could read the phone book and make you feel like you're in the wild, wild west!
OVERALL - I'd recommend this series for family listening, as there's something for everyone to enjoy. Men and kids will enjoy the cowboy action, but I'm an adult female and I loved the story of the two brothers. There's no sex or cursing, and the only violence is Indian raids and cowboy shootouts. You should start with Book 1 and listen in order. Once you become acquainted with the brothers and hear their individual stories, you will want to continue until they're reunited.
Have been an avid reader all my life. Started with comic books and had read all Shakespeare's plays & most sonnets by 10th grade. Average reading or listening to a new book ever 2 or 3 days.
Read first 3 books in order and enjoyed them very much, especially the descriptions of the times, places, and lives of ordinary people. Was a bit disappointed in the 3rd book ending just as the 2 brothers found each other.
Very glad to see book 4 come out to continue the story of these 2 men and their lives together.
Gene Engene is the perfect reader for any western. His voice characterisations and delivery are perfect.
Book 4 of the Longhorn Series is the conclusion of this story. It mainly focuses the families. With death of the older brother's best he contradicts his younger brother for a visit in Colorado. Which is quite a trip by horseback in 1873-1874 from Southern Texas. This book deals with the adventures of trip. I would like to see Dusty Rhodes write an updated version of this series. I would recommend this series to anyone who is a western fan. A very good read.
WHAT A COMPLETE STORY THEY ALL COME TOGETHER THE RESEARCH WAS SPOT ON. PERFOMANCE BY GENE ENGENE OUTSTANDING SPOILER ALERT THEY FAILED IN THE MATH SECTION NUMBER DO NOT MATCH
This longhorn series got me into audiobooks
Gene Engene was really good at the western voices
I agree with what Jean from Santa Cruz said in his review, hope there is a book 5
really enjoyed this series ,great stories and nice relaxing listen would recommend these books to anyone who enjoys a cowboy style book , they keep you listening right to the end and well written,
I would have gladly purchased the paperback format for my dad because I had enjoyed the first three audiobooks fo this story. I looked on line and saw how high the prices where for the paperback format from other booksellers and thought that's ok I liked these series so much that I thought my dad would like it too. That's up until I listened to the last book when the author killed off Chester I was so pissed. He was one of the best characters in this book, and yet why would the author kill him off just to justify Buck's change of perspective on life? Why not have chester almost die of the illness but then slowly recovers from it and have them both reflect on what is important in their lives. I would have preferred that storyline, then it would have been a keeper and worth listening to over and over again or worth reading over and over again. I'm NOT gonna keep this audiobook,,perhaps I might just return all four of them because what's the point in keeping only three of the four books?
I listened to the whole series back to back, and enjoyed Rhode's homey stories filled with action plus the details of cowboy life. There are some slow parts, but the story jumps from one action scene to another--often with realistic brutality. Gory scenes are short but to the point. No sex, no swearing. Magically, the characters have money and can pay their staff a healthy wage without balancing a budget, like the rest of us. The books are idealistic without the details of quarrels with staff, nit picky daily irritations and marriage quibbles, but I liked them all. I love the financial details of how much things cost in the 1860's and how a business and town grew. The characters all have difficult life problems that they work through. They show kindness to each other and strangers. The crooks and thieves of the era are dealt with quick cowboy justice.
When I first heard the reader, I hated his slow pace. On the second try, I got used to it and was impressed by the range of characters he played. The women weren't perfect, but the men and dumb crooks were great.
All in all, I enjoyed the series and miss my friends. I'd like to check out Cody's house, and sit on the porch and rock while I listen to their stories, watch the mining town process gold and enjoy the beauty of the waterfall.
Overall this is a nice story. However it can be surprisingly graphic in describing some of the violent conflicts and then the ending of this one just got a bit too sappy for me. Some of the terminology gets tediously redundant. If you can overlook these flaws, it is nice to read about strong relationships and family bonds without the sordid and baser side of humanity being explored.
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