Cowboy Hewey Calloway loves to ride the open range like a solitary sailor on an endless sea. So when barbed wire and newfangled contraptions threaten his world, he's dead-set against progress - until he meets a pretty little teacher.
©1978 Elmer Kelton; (P)2007 Recorded Books
I must admit I was drawn to this book because I enjoy George Guidall. I also like Craig Johnson's novels of which Guidall is also the narrator. I'm not a western fan and I just finished Dickens' marvelous Dombey and Son. I also noted that Kelton was honored by his peers for his writings so I figured I give this novel a listen. I wasn't disappointed. Rich in characters, full of life and deep in description of the days when the automobile first arrived on the scene in the West. The anti-hero, Hewey Calloway, is a very likable character who seems to attract trouble despite himself. There are several similarities to Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series, so if you enjoyed the Sheriff, you should enjoy this story.
Need I add: Guidall makes it all come to life.
Guidell's reading is unsurpassed by any ebook narrator and his interpretation of both the dialogue and the narration in this book is masterful. I've "read" this book at least ten times and loved the last time as much as the first. I gave it 4 stars for story because of the choice Huey makes at the end. Great book--buy it and love it again and again.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
What must it have been like in the age when cowboys, their horses and way of life were being displaced by the invention of the automobile, the proliferation of travel and shipping by railway and the coming of the modern age? That is what confronts the major character in this very enjoyable story. He is a drifter -- a no-good to some; but confronts circumstances that force him to change his ways -- perhaps forever. Loved Guidall's performance and found Kelton's story telling skill second to none. This is a "good" story -- with a tiny bit of romance; no grotesque violence and an ending that you may not have wanted, but will find satisfactory anyway. I'll be finding more of Kelton's books.
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