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.
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.
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.
I have an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a Master's Degree in Professional Writing from Maharishi University of Management, am author of THE RELUCTANT VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK, and am an avid reader/listener.
Nancy Pearl says in the introduction that she hates the expression about a book that "transcends it's genre," but says she has to use it for this book. I certainly see why. I am not a fan of Westerns, but I'd love this book no matter what genre it was in. Why hasn't this "novel" concept been made into a movie? I loved the story, and as someone who considers herself well-read and demanding of quality, I have to admit that I don't know if this book is well-written or not--all I know is that I was so engrossed I couldn't put it down, I sometimes laughed out loud, and I loved and grieved with the characters, felt moved by events and even held my breath with the tension. The narrator was surely one of the best to make all those characters come alive. I already miss them.
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!
Any great coming of age or western. It is actually my favorite of both.
No, I have not, but I thoroughly enjoyed listening to him and would gladly do so again.
Western genre novels are about trail herds or gunslingers. This is a trail herd story set in Czarist Russia. American cowboys deliver a herd of Longhorns under the escort of a company Cossack soldiers. In addition to bad weather and wolves, the cowboys and Cossacks are beset by villainous Cossacks and by Tartars: lots of action and adventure along the way. Characters are the stock characters found in Western novels and films from the 40's yet written with care and attention. Occasionally, the story drifted into over the top sentiment, but overall an entertaining read. The narrator of the recorded version did a good job.
The development of the characters. I felt the author was just right in making us like the hero and why we were to like them
You learn to like or at least understand all of the characters well, even the bad ones. It is a coming of age story and you appreciate how each experience is important. I liked the young Russian girl and the emotional bond, but really all
The way he made us know and like each of the characters. He was able to give each character a voice and a personality.
A boy becomes a man
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.
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)
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.
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-
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!
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
WHEN THERE'S ONLY ONE DECISION, THAT DECISION IS ALWAYS RIGHT
This is a great story and a great western. American Cowboys (WE SPEAK AMERICAN, THEY CALL IT ENGLISH) take a boat with over 500 cattle to Siberia. The action starts right from the beginning when they have to drive the cattle into the cold ocean and swim them to shore. A group of Cossacks, meet them to escort them several hundred miles inland. The Americans are led by a rough and tough leader, who is used to getting his way. The Russians are led by a rough and tough leader, who is used to getting his way. These two don't agree on anything and you can cut the tension with a knife. Along the way they have to fight Tatars, Russian troops, wolves, tigers and Imperial Cossacks.
LEVI: I WAS NAMED AFTER A PAIR OF PANTS
Levi is the main character who idolizes his boss, but he starts to idolize the Russian leader, which leads to problems since the two don't get along. Levi is writing in his old age about his adventures. The story is exciting, beautiful and different.
SOMETIMES YOUR HEART CAN GET SOME PLACE BEFORE THE REST OF YOU CAN.
In the story the Russian explains chess, the best way I have ever heard. He also tells a story about swans. If you are not teary eyed over the swan story, than your hollow. Did you know Siberian Tigers can get over 1,000 pounds?
THAT'S WHAT WERE TELLING YOU NOW
Phil does a great job. Lots of characters and they are all distinct and seem so real.
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!!
Love a well told story (all genres) with a flavor of romance.
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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