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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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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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    Louis South San Francisco, CA 02-01-15
    Louis South San Francisco, CA 02-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable"

    This was a fun book to listen to, lots of old style language like "aH wreckon", and "much obliged". The happenings are a little to fortuitous for real life but I like how they handle what comes up. The characters are solid, reliable and likeable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Simi Valley, CA, United States 01-03-15
    Ken Simi Valley, CA, United States 01-03-15 Member Since 2011
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    "The Longhorn Series, by Dusty Rhodes"

    This book series is very good. In fact I have listened to it also 4 times.

    The narrator, Gene Engene, does a great job at the way that he brings the story to life. I would recommend listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-21-14
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    ""Great Action Scenes""
    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book in-spite of Buck's dumb blunders, like having a saddle pack full of gold and riding on alone. I mean come on there were bands of bad guys roaming the country because of the end of the war, so he gets bush whacked and it's up to his friend and partner to get justice for him. I mean, I would have preferred Chester to be the point of interest in the whole series because he's a more interesting character. I don't know how Buck became a captain with some of his idiotic blunders or decisions with all these things happening, it doesn't make sense to make him the main character. The thing that caught my interest was the action scenes and the storyline was good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Cedaredge, CO, USA 08-03-14
    Rebecca Cedaredge, CO, USA 08-03-14 Member Since 2011

    I read like a madwoman all my life but now I have bad eyes. Thank goodness for audio books

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    "Western read by a western voice."
    Would you listen to The Beginning again? Why?

    Yes I have listened to it twice. I just bought book two. The reader is a great voice to tell this type of story. If you listen to the preview you will probably get the book if you like westerns.


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

    It's a western but very different beginning so it is not like any other book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Suddenly they were Americans and not Southern soldiers anymore. The war was over and they went home to start their life in Texas.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lorraine Christies Beach, Australia 07-05-14
    Lorraine Christies Beach, Australia 07-05-14
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    "I loved this series."
    What did you love best about The Beginning?

    This series had everything in it to be entertaining for both male and female readers,action,sadness,love and humour


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked most of the books and the story and the romantic description of the surroundings


    What does Gene Engene bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice made you feel part of the adventures


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes when his best friend fixed and the return of his lost brother


    Any additional comments?

    An overall enjoyable series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael GILBERT, AZ, United States 06-08-14
    Michael GILBERT, AZ, United States 06-08-14 Member Since 2011
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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


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    Ms. Patty 06-07-14
    Ms. Patty 06-07-14
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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.

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    Kim 05-07-14
    Kim 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.

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    Susan 04-07-14
    Susan 04-07-14
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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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