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  • The Legend of Perley Gates

  • Perley Gates Western Series, Book 1
  • By: William W. Johnstone, J.A. Johnstone
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

He's the son of a cattle rancher. A restless young dreamer who, under normal circumstances, would follow in his father's footsteps. Normal, however, is not his style. Like his famous grandfather and namesake Perley Gates - a hell-raising mountain man with a heavenly name - young Perley wants adventure, excitement, and freedom. And like his grandfather before him, he will find his dream - in the untamed wilds of a lawless frontier. That dream though might just become a nightmare....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It could have been an excellent book

  • By Charlie Smith on 06-16-18

Very good story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-18

This is going to be a great series if all the rest are as good as this ONE! It is one of the best I ever heard out of HUNDREDS!

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 151,718
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 139,990
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 139,849

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOOK BOOBIES

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 07-07-14

BORING

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-18

I listened to this for over 18 chapters and it was hard to keep interested. I decided to just remove it and listen to something good,

  • The Whip: Inspired by the story of Charley Parkhurst

  • By: Karen Kondazian
  • Narrated by: Robin Weigert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365

The Whip is inspired by the true story of Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man. As a young woman in Rhode Island, she fell in love with a runaway slave and had his child. The destruction of her family drove her west to California, dressed as a man, to track the killer. Charley became a renowned stagecoach driver for Wells Fargo, during the renowned California 'gold rush' days. She killed a famous outlaw, had a secret love affair, and lived with a housekeeper who, unaware of her true sex, fell in love with her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NO EASY FRIEND

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 06-04-16

Didn't care for it.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-17

Tried to listen to this and couldn't get beyond the filthy language enough to get interested.

  • Smoke Jensen, the Beginning

  • By: William W. Johnstone, J. A. Johnstone
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

For the first time, an epic account of a boy born into a struggle for survival on the harsh and unforgiving American frontier, the story behind the legend of Smoke Jensen.... On the eve of the Civil War, Kirby Jensen is the youngest of three children living on a hardscrabble ranch in Southwestern Missouri. But in 1861, shots were fired in Charleston harbor, and Kirby's father and brother went to war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story!

  • By Lady M on 08-11-16

The Making of a Gunfighter,

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-17

This so far after MANY of these Johnstone books is my favorite. Great narration too!

  • Ten Guns from Texas

  • A Duff MacCallister Western
  • By: William W. Johnstone, J. A. Johnstone
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

When Duff MacCallister journeys to Texas to deliver 100 head of Angus cattle, he finds a land on fire. Unruly, lawless teams of fence cutters, branded Blue Devils by the locals, are rampaging across grazing land and cutting fences in the name of an Eastern land company. The ranchers are fighting back, and Duff joins the fray. But the fight leads to Austin and into an even deadlier mission.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • BORING

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-12-16

GOOD STORY

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-17

Liked this book and The Narrator is good as he always is. A lot of at times comical statements and the Gunslinger heroes don't make mistakes!

  • Riders of the Dawn

  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: Jim Gough
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

In Riders of the Dawn, a young gunslinger is changed for the better by a meeting with a beautiful woman. A classic range-war western, this novel features that powerful, romantic, strangely compelling vision of the American West for which L'Amour's fiction is known. In the author's words: "It was a land where nothing was small, nothing was simple. Everything, the lives of men and the stories they told, ran to extremes."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Louis L'Amour

  • By Lady M on 10-30-12

Hard to listen to

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-17

I have read the book and it was a good book but this job of narration is awful. He sounds like somebody only trying to sound Western. I couldn't stand to listen to much more than 15 minutes of this.

  • Winchester 1887

  • By: William W. Johnstone, J. A. Johnstone
  • Narrated by: Lee Aaron Rosen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

On the American frontier, every gun tells a story. A boy in Texas waits for a Christmas present he chose from a Montgomery Ward catalog. The present - a brand-new lever action Winchester 1886 and a box of its big .50-caliber slugs - never makes it there. Instead the rifle is caught up in a train robbery and starts a long and violent journey of its own - from the hands of a notorious, kill-crazy outlaw to an Apache renegade to a hardscrabble rancher and beyond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great story

  • By Saddlemaker on 03-24-17

great story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-17

The action continues from Winchester 1886 with better narration and a great story of a boy becoming a man.

  • Winchester 1886

  • By: William W. Johnstone, J. A. Johnstone
  • Narrated by: Jordan Harrold
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

On the American frontier, every gun tells a story. A boy in Texas waits for a Christmas present he chose from a Montgomery Ward catalog. The present, a brand new, lever action Winchester 1886 and a box of its big .50-caliber slugs, never makes it there. Instead, the rifle is caught up in a train robbery and starts a long and violent journey of its own - from the hands of a notorious, kill-crazy outlaw to an Apache renegade to a hardscrabble rancher and beyond.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fragmented plot with implausible twists

  • By Ann Marie on 08-27-17

Good story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-17

The story was good but the narrator was hard to listen to. Loud then almost whispering. Had to keep turning the volume up to hear quiet voices then down when it got loud.

  • The Frontiersmen

  • A Narrative
  • By: Allan W. Eckert
  • Narrated by: Kevin Foley
  • Length: 30 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832

The frontiersmen were a remarkable breed of men. They were often rough and illiterate, sometimes brutal and vicious, often seeking an escape in the wilderness of mid-America from crimes committed back east. In the beautiful but deadly country which would one day come to be known as West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, more often than not they left their bones to bleach beside forest paths or on the banks of the Ohio River.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't put it down

  • By Eric on 03-23-11

GREAT HISTORY

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-16

A really long entertaining listen with the true unembellished story of the American Frontier.
Heroes and villains you may have never heard about.

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,756
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,710
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30,780

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

ALL should hear this!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-16

This is an AWESOME moving story of human endurance, torture, and forgiveness! I have yet to see the movie, but this book should be heard or read to understand the full impact of what Louis endured.