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The Long Dusty Trail: The Beginning, Book 1 Audiobook

The Long Dusty Trail: The Beginning, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

As the great migration of men and cattle headed west to new untamed lands in the 1880s, one man stood tall. Jimmy Highsaw was honest as the day is long - cross him and hell was at hand. Leaving his job as trail scout for John Chisum, Jim rode to Durango to visit his sister, and fell headlong into a plot to bring a herd of the new breed of Hereford cattle from Kansas City to Durango Colorado. A long dusty trail filled with romance, gun smoke, hardship, and death.

©2012 Melvin L Adkins (P)2014 Mel Adkins

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    Thomas 08-29-16
    Thomas 08-29-16
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    "good western."

    Enjoyed it. but, a weak ending. a bit too mushy and illogical.

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    CBRAD 03-11-15
    CBRAD 03-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Keep Looking"
    Would you try another book from Mel Adkins and/or John Stamper?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mel Adkins again?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Stamper?

    Mark Deakins


    What character would you cut from The Long Dusty Trail: The Beginning, Book 1?

    The miner and his granddaughter.


    Any additional comments?

    Mel Adkins writes the novel as if it's an introduction the the western genre, which is unfortunate because it's sure to drive away anyone looking to start reading westerns, as well as souring the experience for a seasoned western reader. The story line is all over the place, where just about every cliche western scenario is rehashed with no originality or contribution to the story. Limited detail on too many adventures that don't add to the main plot. Poor narrating skills, very monotone, the juvenile writing style leads to a harsh presentation of dialogue. Horrible editing with many repeated words or phrases.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff 03-09-15
    Jeff 03-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrible narrator"

    Story was good. But the narrator was the worst I've heard and took all the focus off the story. All I could think of the whole story was how good the book could be with a different narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Woolstenhulme 02-05-15 Member Since 2003
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    "Meh"

    Narrator a bit bland. Story far fetched but I listened to all of it. Won't listen to rest of series .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kennard 09-22-14
    Kennard 09-22-14

    Just an old retired guy, eyesight not as good as it was, so really enjoy listening to these books. Been listening for about 6 years.

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    "Great listen, More More More"

    Really good story. Could not stop listening. Left me really looking to books 2 and 3

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ken 03-02-15
    Ken 03-02-15
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    "Don't waste your credits on these books"
    What didn’t you like about John Stamper’s performance?

    He's to monotone. He doesn't add anything to the story as many readers do.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not many.... I like westerns and it qualifies there, but he has actually just copied his story line from other books and that becomes obvious very quickly.


    Any additional comments?

    There is way to much bad language for my liking and a lot of it from a women. It actually got so bad that I could not continue listing about mid way through the book. Someone needs to remind this author that a good western novel does not have to contain all of that trashy language, especially from a woman.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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