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The Time It Never Rained | [Elmer Kelton]

The Time It Never Rained

For decades, Charlie Flagg has eked out a living by raising cattle and sheep on his modest Texas ranch. Hardworking and old-fashioned, he distrusts federal programs that claim to help struggling farmers and ranchers. But as rainless years continue and others sell their souls for federal handouts, Charlie finds himself under increasing pressure to compromise his principles - and surrender his freedom.
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Publisher's Summary

The Time It Never Rained helped convince the Western Writers of America to declare seven-time Spur Award-winner Elmer Kelton the greatest Western writer of all time. Forged from Kelton's 1950s observations of drought-ravaged West Texas, this compelling novel tells the story of one rancher's struggle to maintain his independence despite the swirling winds of change.

For decades, Charlie Flagg has eked out a living by raising cattle and sheep on his modest Texas ranch. Hardworking and old-fashioned, he distrusts federal programs that claim to help struggling farmers and ranchers. But as rainless years continue and others sell their souls for federal handouts, Charlie finds himself under increasing pressure to compromise his principles - and surrender his freedom.

©1999 Elmer Kelton; (P)2008 Recorded Books

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    "The time it didn't rain"

    This is the first Elmer Kelton book I have listened to. It was so interesting and gave me many hours of pure satisfaction. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Allan TennysonAustralia 05-28-08
    Allan TennysonAustralia 05-28-08 Member Since 2007
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    "The time it never rained"

    Slow like the country it is set in but could I leave the car when I reached a destination? No!
    Why? The story is enchanting to me and enthralling and the future is always inviting.
    A beautiful exposition and a clear portrait of life on the farm.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Neil Knoxville, TN, USA 10-16-09
    Neil Knoxville, TN, USA 10-16-09 Member Since 2008
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    "One of best audio books I've ever read"

    I had this paperback novel and never got around to reading it. Then I decided to get it on audio. Thank goodness. First, the story is incredible and gives the reader a true glimpse of the struggles of the farmers and ranchers of the post depression era. From the pride of the rancher, to the relationship with his help, to a town coping with the struggles of the times. The actor/reader of this novel is fantastic and with a voice truly fitting the lead character. Highly recommend this audio book!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Richard stickney, IL, USA 02-04-09
    Richard stickney, IL, USA 02-04-09 Member Since 2007
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    "The Time it Never Rained"

    This book has moved to my top 10 books ever list. Not just the insight into land, sights, and times but also great insight into a simple conservitive mind set and value system. A great portrial of so many of the adults I grew up with.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Russell 12-12-08
    Russell 12-12-08

    Like mysteries, not much in to SciFi, hate vampire books. Like most all years of history.

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    "The Time It Never Rained"

    My first Elmer Kelton book and I loved it. The way he describes the land, the people and circumstances was spot on. This was exactly the Texas in which I was raised in the 50s and 60s. He captured it so well and gave me "pictures in my mind".

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    "One of my favorites"
    What made the experience of listening to The Time It Never Rained the most enjoyable?

    Elmer Kelton is one of the best!
    You can clearly see why he has won so many awards and this book if the some great work.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Harris Henderson, TX, United States 11-13-13
    Harris Henderson, TX, United States 11-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The story really captures the struggles and hardships of the time.


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    George Guidall really brings this book to life.

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    HDJ 10-22-12
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    "A Lot More Than A Western!"

    The Time It Never Rained is much more than the story of drought in west Texas. It is a timeless account of people and their relationships with others and the land. I loved the detailed descriptions of daily life. I became so invested in the families that I didn't want the story to end. This really is one of the best books I've ever listened to. And the narrator? It's George Guidall! He's perfect in every way!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gary M 09-14-12
    Gary M 09-14-12

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    "I have lived this twice"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    As someone who has lived and worked thru the challenges of the cattle industy I:
    1. Loved the insightful writing about the drought in the SECOND half of the book
    2. Was somewhat bored with the first half, little or nothing mentioned about the the subject of the novel, just routine attempts at humor about rodeo, ranching and Mexican labor
    3. Loved the accurate description of the devastating results everytime our government trys to become involved with private industry. We fight communism, then try to implement their methods, over and over. Politicians study history, brag on their knowledge of it, quote it, then totally ignore it.


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    C Chestnuthill, MA, United States 07-13-10
    C Chestnuthill, MA, United States 07-13-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Anti-government propaganda"

    The main character who is supposedly Mr. Independence is in fact Mr. Selfishness who causes his hired hand to lose his job and his son to lose his farm.

    0 of 8 people found this review helpful
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