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The Beginning Audiobook

The Beginning: Longhorn Series, Book 1

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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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    charles o. peed winston salem, NC United States 02-20-14
    charles o. peed winston salem, NC United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2015
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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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    Noelene Australia 06-19-13
    Noelene Australia 06-19-13
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    "Best Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this series to friend - anyone!


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

    The whole first book was memorable, I could not put it down. The strength of character of the men is lost in men of today.


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

    Gene Engene brings to life the voices of each person and has the correct strength of voice for the strongest characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did not want to put this whole series down. Each book was great in its own right.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first in cowboy reads but it certainly won't be my last. Great job from Author and Narrator.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 06-04-13
    Anne 06-04-13
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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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    ron 01-05-12
    ron 01-05-12 Member Since 2016
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    "great story"

    Dusty Rhodes does it again in this great western. and Gene Engene is without a doubt the best narrator doing a western that has ever read a book. outstanding.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin United States 11-03-11
    Kristin United States 11-03-11

    America the beautiful

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    "Excellent Story"

    Gene Engene performance's in this story was excellent. So many characters but easy to keep up. The story was good too, and I am normally not a western reader. You will enjoy the series.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Char Omaha, NE, United States 08-28-11
    Char Omaha, NE, United States 08-28-11 Member Since 2016

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    "Absolutely Wonderful"

    I found this series by accident. I love the narrator so I searched other books he has narrated in the past. Since I also love westerns I snatched up the whole series of 4 on the same day. These are a must to read in order. This one is the first, then The Hondo Kid, The Prodigal Brother, and The Family. Haven't read a western this good since Lonesome Dove. I totally hated to see the series end and am still hoping there might be another addition to it in the future. It's hard for me to fathom that these were written by a semi-retired professional wrestler. They are extremely well done and I will definitely read this series again and again in the future. The characters are wonderfully developed and you will feel as though you know each of them personally. Buy all 4 and you will not want to put down your iPod.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Randy San Jose, CA, United States 07-15-13
    Randy San Jose, CA, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great read"

    I've read many a book on audible but never tried a western, boy did i almost miss a great author .

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra 07-19-12
    Sandra 07-19-12
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    "Best Book and Series"

    This author has a story and knows how to tell it! Loved every line of the whole series!!!!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie Narnia 05-29-13
    MickeyMarie Narnia 05-29-13 Member Since 2016
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    "No kissing, just killing"

    This was a fun book though I felt the narrator was a little over the top at times. I did lose count of how many bodies piled up. There were quite a few.

    For a western, it was just about right. There was very little sex which is fine, but I would suggest Mr. Rhodes avoids anything even close to sex because his approach is a little hokey.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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