SURE AS SNUFF MAKES SPIT this was a good book. I have not read many westerns, I usually need some zombies, sex or mad scientists to keep me entertaine..Show More »d, but this was enjoyable from the first minute to the last minute.
It is kind of interesting that the book has most of the things I put other books down for. It is kind of hokey, money just seems to fall in their laps and there is a lot of shoot-em up scenes. There are no gray characters, they are either good or evil. As I have mentioned before some writers can connect to the readers and some can not. It took me three days of driving to listen to all of this. I looked forward to hearing it everyday, enjoyed it as the miles disappeared and was sorry it finished.
Buck is A MIGHTY CAUTIOUS FELLOW, and him and his partner Chester have a tendency to shoot first and ask questions later. When they fall in love they are putty in the girls hands. On their ranch they WORK FROM CAN SEE TO CAN'T SEE. It is a simple easy on the ears type book.
WHAT YOU GOING TO DO, TALK US TO DEATH The narrator is excellent and his great performance made the book lots better then reading it.
STORY (Western fiction) - It's strange. This series is full of cowboys, Indians, bank robbers, cattle rustlers -- totally NOT what I look for in a mo..Show More »vie or a book. But it's such an easy listen and the characters are so endearing that I just love rambling along the wild west with these guys.
The Hondo Kid is Book 2 and introduces Cody Cordell, the younger brother of Buck, who was the main character in Book 1. Neither brother knows the other is still alive after their parents were killed by Indians. Cody, a teenager, must grow up quickly on his own and somehow manages to gain a reputation as a gunfighter called "The Hondo Kid." About the first third of the book is Cody's story, but the rest alternates between Cody and Buck, whose cattle ranch is having legendary success.
There's lots of western action with hangings, shootouts, etc., but the author doesn't dwell on the violence or blood. There's some romance but no sex or foul language, so this would make a good family listen. You should hear these books in order, as each picks up where the previous one ends. I look forward to Book 3.
PERFORMANCE - Good job. The narrator does lots of "cowboy" voices, which adds to the story. He reads pretty slow, so you may want to turn the speed up to 1.25 or even 1.5. I would have rated the performance a 5 but some of the cowboy characters are a bit overdone and his women's voices are pretty masculine. (Plus he mispronounces "Brazos," which drove me crazy).
OVERALL - Download Book 1 if you think you might enjoy a good western. I don't think you will be disappointed.
Gene Engene did a good job narrating this story. I started with book one in the series and have listened in order. The story is interesting but at t..Show More »imes I was impatient and wanted to hurry the story as the suspense was getting to me. Was interesting that one brother was a rancher the other a miner. Both were occupation that build this country. The first train ride out of Denver was interesting. Can not wait to start book four.
STORY (western) - I have totally loved this series -- good writing, well-developed characters, lots of action and a great story line -- but this book ..Show More »was my least favorite. The series is about two brothers (Cody and Buck) who are separated by the Civil War and the murder of their parents by Indians. They are reunited in this book, which is kind of a spoiler but they mention it in the synopsis so I'm not giving away anything new. The reuinion is unexpected and totally awesome, but it's in the beginning of this book, and in my opinion everything that happens after that is anticlimactic. Heartwarming and enjoyable, but kind of just filler stuff.
PERFORMANCE - Mr. Engene is a great narrator. He has so many different cowboy character voices that he could read the phone book and make you feel like you're in the wild, wild west!
OVERALL - I'd recommend this series for family listening, as there's something for everyone to enjoy. Men and kids will enjoy the cowboy action, but I'm an adult female and I loved the story of the two brothers. There's no sex or cursing, and the only violence is Indian raids and cowboy shootouts. You should start with Book 1 and listen in order. Once you become acquainted with the brothers and hear their individual stories, you will want to continue until they're reunited.