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The Cowboy and the Cossack: A Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Rediscovery | [Clair Huffaker]

The Cowboy and the Cossack: A Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Rediscovery

Fifteen Montana cowboys and 500 longhorns are embarking on a one-of-a-kind Wild West adventure: a cattle drive across 1,000 miles of Siberia. The clash of cultures between East and West, American six shooter and Russian saber, begins immediately when a band of Cossacks arrives to escort them to their destination. Cowboys and Cossacks must work together or they’ll never survive the journey, which includes a meeting with the warrior Genghis Kharlagawl and his army of bloodthirsty Tartars.
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Fifteen Montana cowboys and 500 longhorns are embarking on a one-of-a-kind Wild West adventure: a cattle drive across 1,000 miles of Siberia. The clash of cultures between East and West, American six shooter and Russian saber, begins immediately when a band of Cossacks arrives to escort them to their destination. Cowboys and Cossacks must work together or they’ll never survive the journey, which includes a meeting with the warrior Genghis Kharlagawl and his army of bloodthirsty Tartars. The code of the cowboy and the credo of the Cossack offer different measures of manhood - but honor and courage are the same in any language when a common enemy must be faced.

Book Lust Rediscoveries is a series devoted to reprinting some of the best (and now out of print) novels originally published from 1960 to 2000. Each book is personally selected by NPR commentator and Book Lust author Nancy Pearl and includes an introduction by her, as well as discussion questions for book groups and a list of recommended further reading.

©1973 Clair Huffaker (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Marie 10-16-14
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    "A timeless classic"
    Would you listen to The Cowboy and the Cossack again? Why?

    Yes! I rarely read or listen to something twice, but this story is worth a second listen. I first read the book when I was about 12 years old and I loved it then. When I saw it on Audible I decided to listen to it. I expected to be disappointed as usually old books and movies do not stand the test of time (or the change in age of the reader.) But this one did, I loved it as much or more than the first reading 40+ years later!


    What other book might you compare The Cowboy and the Cossack to and why?

    Any great coming of age or western. It is actually my favorite of both.


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

    No, I have not, but I thoroughly enjoyed listening to him and would gladly do so again.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Burton San Diego, Ca 01-09-13
    Michael Burton San Diego, Ca 01-09-13 Member Since 2000
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    "Excellent!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cowboy and the Cossack the most enjoyable?

    Wonderful surprise to see this come out in audio format. Buccaneer press re-released this a few years back, in a library edition, and was happy to replace my lost paperback edition. The audio edition was a great way to reread it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Courage, danger, humor, growth. A coming of age story, for a younger member of the cattle drive.
    There's a reason they made several of Huffaker's books into movies ... they have the ethic, and spirit you expect in a classic western.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    susan 11-21-14
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    "Perfect narrator for this wonderful story!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cowboy and the Cossack the most enjoyable?

    Tthe storyline was imaginative and interesting and the narrator did such a wonderful job. There were so many different characters and accents ( English-Midwestern, British English, Russian, a Slavic language, Southern English and more). There were a couple of women who were minor characters and he performed those well also.


    What other book might you compare The Cowboy and the Cossack to and why?

    The Cowboys-I don't know if it is a book but I saw the movie when I was young and this book reminded me of the movie because it was about a bunch of people who were strangers and distrustful of each other at the beginning of a cattle drive but because of the events that occur during the journey, by the end of the trip the men were friends as well as comrades. ( forgive the play on words, the cowboys never become Russian but they DO fight on the same side)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    So many! I enjoyed how they got the cattle off the boat when they arrived in Russia and refused to pay a bribe to the official and I enjoyed reading about the war games they held and the cowboys attempts to participate.


    Any additional comments?

    I was so impressed with the narrator and I think it really complimented the book. This isn't your typical Western and I was surprised how much I enjoyed listening to it and plan to play it for my sons when we go on a long road trip next month. The language is what might be called salty-very typical of the time and of the characters-but nothing most pre-teens haven't already heard. There is nothing else in the book that would embarrass anyone other than the language used. I don't say this often, but this was an amazing story-

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    D mcr 06-14-14
    D mcr 06-14-14
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    This story rolls along with sprinklings of philosophy and human interactions sprinkled so unobtrusively and inoffensively sprinkled in. AND it is expertly performed! What a pleasure!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Fairport, NY, United States 03-14-15
    Mary Fairport, NY, United States 03-14-15 Member Since 2008
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    Greatly exceeded expectations, compelling story, rich characters, evocative lands abc non-stop adventure! Great discovery of new author and very excellent performer! Five stars in every respect!!!!!

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    Suzanne Puligny-Montrachet, France 01-20-15
    Suzanne Puligny-Montrachet, France 01-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "WONDERFUL INTRODUCTION ! interesting and helpful"
    Where does The Cowboy and the Cossack rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of the best audio books by far


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

    very talented narrator - he gives each character a distinct and endearing personality.


    Any additional comments?

    this book is a keeper !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terijo AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 01-11-15
    Terijo AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 01-11-15 Member Since 2008
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    Would you listen to The Cowboy and the Cossack again? Why?

    yes. To go back into that world and share it with the characters.


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    This is a unique combination of genres and one I do not expect to see again. Very well done.

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    Mark 01-04-15
    Mark 01-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Book Lust Satisfied"
    Where does The Cowboy and the Cossack rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 5


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    A diverse group of men with a mission move past prejudice, earn each others respect, and come to love each other. All set in beautiful country I had little knowledge of. Sorry my review doesn't due this story justice. Great narration, story, characters, and country!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George Eckert, Colorado, United States 12-27-14
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    "I Wish Hollywood Would Discover This Book!"

    Listened to it twice in a weekend. it was so good I bought the Kindle version as well and have read it twice as well. A great story from beginning to end.

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    MIGHTYA 12-03-14
    MIGHTYA 12-03-14

    Life is too short to skip a great story, and ice cream.

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    "Perfect Narrator for This Great Classic"

    I love a good classic and Phil Gigante's great performance brought this book to life. He managed 15 cowboy voices and accents beautifully, as well as Russian-English accents and various voices. Usually, I think re-visiting an audiobook, a book or a movie is a waste of time, except this audiobook (and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, performed by Elijah Wood").

    This is my first Clair Huffaker book, and I already love his writing from the very first chapter. Each characters are well developed throughout the story via their dialogs and actions. I laughed, loved, grieved, cried, and excited with every character from beginning to the end. I would check out more of Clair Huffaker's books and movies.

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