Captain Jack Starr served the Confederate cause with honor for four years. The town of Lost Dog Creek promised an opportunity for the war veteran to rebuild his life-and a woman to share it with. But not everyone is willing to roll out the welcome wagon....
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Mr. Compton's story was excellent. Had I read it as a book and not listened to it, I would have been much more satisfied.
Sadly, it was painful to endure Scott Sowers' narration of a finely written western story. His inflection and pauses were ill-timed. It often reminded me of a young child reading a story which it did not understand. I will look for more of Mr. Compton's work on Audible but will never again listen to an audiobook narrated by Scott Sowers.
I would certainly buy another book by Ralph Compton and Dusty Richards. I would not buy any book narrated by Scott Sowers.
Because of the poor narration, I couldn't listen to more than the first 2 or 3 chapters of the novel. What I did hear sounded like a fairly generic tale about an itinerant war veteran, struggling to find a place to live and encountering the usual problems - hostile townsfolk, random gunslingers, war widows, etc.
Scott Sower's characterizations were adequate as far as the sounds of the voices went. The problem with his narration was that he paused a few seconds between EVERY sentence. These pauses completely wrecked the story's continuity and frustrated me to the point where I put the book aside after listening to no more than 3 chapters.
I would not have cut any scenes. After listening to the first audio "draft", I would have instructed Scott Sowers to eliminate the pauses. If he could not do so, I would have assigned a different narrator to the project.
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