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The Beginning: Longhorn Series, Book 1 | [Dusty Rhodes]

The Beginning: Longhorn Series, Book 1

Buck Cordell is a giant of a man in a giant, untamed land called Texas. He builds a cattle ranch where ordinary men all say it can't be done a cattle empire that defies all odds, a family that changes the course of Texas history, and a legacy that outlives the Old West.
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Publisher's Summary

Buck Cordell is a giant of a man in a giant, untamed land called Texas. He builds a cattle ranch where ordinary men all say it can't be done a cattle empire that defies all odds, a family that changes the course of Texas history, and a legacy that outlives the Old West.

Round 'em up: listen to another novel in the Longhorn Series.

©2007 Dusty Rhodes (P)2007 Books In Motion

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    Michael GILBERT, AZ, United States 06-08-14
    Michael GILBERT, AZ, United States 06-08-14 Member Since 2007
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    "What a joy to listen to"
    Would you listen to The Beginning again? Why?

    This book was like a breath of fresh air. I found the book to be both interesting and a joy to listen to. the reader is good and the story never seemed to drag. Yes I would listen to it again


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beginning?

    The story never seemed to drag and there was always something new


    What about Gene Engene’s performance did you like?

    The voices of the different characters I found delightful and refreshing.ten


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    great listen


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. Patty South Texas 06-07-14
    Ms. Patty South Texas 06-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Texas history after the Civil War"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Beginning to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version. I suspect I would like some of it better because of the unusual male voices interpreted by the narrator. Buck, Chester and Chester's dad's voices were on target, but others were choppy with strange inflections.


    What other book might you compare The Beginning to and why?

    Hmmm, not sure.


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

    Never heard him before. I enjoyed his story narration and main character Texas accents a lot. He did the female and Hispanic voices well also. But his attempt to make the other male characters distinctive was distracting.


    If you could rename The Beginning, what would you call it?

    Don't think I would rename it.


    Any additional comments?

    Actually, I was exhausted after completing the book. There were so many tragedies emergencies and danger that I was cautious about starting each new chapter. That being said, the story was interesting and fast paced. The history of the cattle industry after the Civil War was well researched and fascinating. I did enjoy it, but maybe not enough to continue the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Wauconda, IL, United States 05-07-14
    Kim Wauconda, IL, United States 05-07-14 Member Since 2010
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    "A Series Worth the Listening"

    'Hear' are some characters from the American west that you will find yourself rooting for. A little stilted and predictable. But I happen to prefer typical 'good guys' to 'darker' characters and novels.
    If you are a fan of Louis L'Amour or John Wayne westerns I think it's safe to say you will enjoy this.
    This is entertaining, if lighter, reading. Although the descriptions of death and/or violence might be a little more graphic that necessary - for my taste anyway.
    I will likely continue with the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Middleburg, FL, United States 04-07-14
    Susan Middleburg, FL, United States 04-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A little hokey, like the authors name"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I felt like it was geared to a youth audience, I didn't get that when I bought the book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I didn't make it to the end, I tried, even got close, but didn't make it.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    It wasn't bad, just too juvenile for me. The narrator was pleasant.


    Do you think The Beginning needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not for me. Young people, and perhaps the elderly folks would go for it.


    Any additional comments?

    For me, this book was like tuning in to an old time TV western, entertaining for a while but too unsophisticated to keep your interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    marcia boulder, WY, United States 03-16-14
    marcia boulder, WY, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Love this book"
    If you could sum up The Beginning in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent great super


    What did you like best about this story?

    There was 3 different nationalities working together respect for each other love for each other good wins not a bunch of nasty sex. Wonderful book!!!!!


    What about Gene Engene’s performance did you like?

    Great voice!! Read with such realism.


    If you could take any character from The Beginning out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Pappy because he is tough but tamed El Torre instead of killing him. He saw the potential in the bull.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for a great holesum book .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dottie2u chesterland, oh, United States 03-03-14
    dottie2u chesterland, oh, United States 03-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not so much"
    What disappointed you about The Beginning?

    The entire story was slow moving. Many of the comments the main character made were just cheesy. I found myself rolling my eyes over and over.


    Has The Beginning turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I have read/listened to others of this genre and really enjoyed them. I love westerns, but this one just did not do it for me.


    What three words best describe Gene Engene’s performance?

    The narrator was ok, not great, not bad.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Beginning?

    Most of the book seemed to be lacking a punch. I kept waiting for something big to happen, it didn't. I listened to the entire book and was not impressed.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not a bad story, it just needed something more. The author's descriptions were good I could picture what he was describing, but the story just fell flat and predictable. I felt like the publisher must have "pushed" the author to complete by a date instead of giving the author the time needed to make it great. Disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 02-25-14
    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 02-25-14 Member Since 2010

    Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.

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    "Not too bad."
    What did you like best about The Beginning? What did you like least?

    The way the two partners got their capitol to start a ranch.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Very interesting.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Gene Engene’s performances?

    No thank you!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    charles o. peed winston salem, NC United States 02-20-14
    charles o. peed winston salem, NC United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2005
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    "western cliches abound"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, but with a warning. I knew he was a gunslinger, 'cause he wore his rig low, and he had nervous, squinty eyes. You could load that Sharps in the morning and shoot all day. She was the storekeeper's daughter. Get the Point?


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    For a book that's over the top, you need a performance that's over the top, Right, stranger?


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    They must have already made 50 of these, and I went to see all of them. Don't make 'em like this any more though, do they, Pard?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    swan-driver Columbus,MS 07-12-13
    swan-driver Columbus,MS 07-12-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "A really great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story in the complete series would make a great movie. IT was very well written and narrated in such a way that it puts you there with the characters in the books.
    Many thanks to Dusty Rhodes for his great work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The many twist and turns of the stories about life in the south plains of Texas


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

    Nope, but he did a fine job here


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Hate to admit it but, yes


    Any additional comments?

    Hope that he has other books like this series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Ballwin, MO, United States 06-04-13
    Anne Ballwin, MO, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Simplistic, Predictable, Improbable."

    Pros: The story moved along at a good pace. The threads were fairly easy to follow.

    Cons:
    1. The narrator had a fairly narrow range of voices... as long as the characters were male. His female voices were not well done. His 5 male voices were able to be rendered in both a southern and a Spanish accent, so that helped.
    2. There was no "plot" to speak of. Clearly this is going to be a "saga." And that's fine; I like sagas, but not this one because...
    3. The story begins with $20,000 falling into the lap of Buck and Chet, which not only gives them an excellent opportunity to successfully kill a lot of people to protect the money (that doesn't belong to them) but also to spend lavishly to start their cattle ranch.
    4. They are so insanely successful, that it almost becomes laughable. There are cattle ranchers in Mexico that will sell cattle to him for $3 a head, delivered, knowing he's going to sell them in Missouri for $20. But instead he gets $40 because the demand is so high! Then they plan to begin flooding the market with cattle and instead of any worries about driving down the price, it keeps rising.
    5. There is absolutely no problem with finding top-notch, loyal, skilled and willing workers as the ranch operations explode in size from 2 to hundreds in a year.
    6. The ranch does get a few challenges thrown their way, but mostly the loyal partners and their loyal cowboys and loyal girlfriends just keep getting money thrown at them.
    7. Buck and Chet, in this first book, are putting all this money into LEASED ranch land with only a 5-year lease. Can anyone predict where that is going?
    8. When something bad happens, which usually forces them to kill a bunch of people, the boys think about it for a little while and then move on.

    In other words, this is a predictable, unchallenging, simplistic, unbelievable story that borders on juvenile.

    These hard-bitten survivors of the Confederate army, Texas cowboys don't even say "Damn!"

    I'm not buying book two. I'm somewhat sorry I bought book one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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