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  • Rocky Mountain Retribution

  • The Ames Archives, Book 2
  • By: Peter Grant
  • Narrated by: Bob Allen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Ambushed on their way south, Walt and his men uncover a web of corruption and crime to rival anything in the big city. And rough justice, Western-style, sparks a private war between Walt and some of the most dangerous killers he's ever encountered, a deadly war in which neither friends nor family are spared. Across the mountains and valleys of the southern Rocky Mountains, Walt and his men hunt for the ruthless man at the center of the web. Retribution won't be long delayed...and it cannot be denied.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Good Book by Peter Grant

  • By Lady M on 09-17-17

Another Good Book by Peter Grant

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

Reviewed: 09-17-17

What made the experience of listening to Rocky Mountain Retribution the most enjoyable?

The variety of characters. It's fast paced; doesn't go into a lot of unneeded detail.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Walt Ames. He's a tough man with a kind heart. He shows appreciation for, and awards loyalty. He protects the innocent but shows no mercy to the guilty.

What does Bob Allen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Bob Allen makes the characters come to life.

If you could take any character from Rocky Mountain Retribution out to dinner, who would it be and why?

The character of Walt Ames. I find him very interesting. He's led such a colorful life, never a dull moment. I like the way he is able to see opportunities for making money and how he goes about making his ideas a reality.

Any additional comments?

I really like Peter Grant's writing. I've listened to his first book in this series 3 times, it's that good. I enjoyed listening to this second book almost as much. Grant is quickly becoming one of my favorite western author. Dusty Rhodes is number one and Grant is running a close second to Louis L'Amour.

  • Brings the Lightning

  • The Ames Archives, Book 1
  • By: Peter Grant
  • Narrated by: Bob Allen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

When the Civil War ends, where can a former Confederate soldier go to escape the long memories of neighbors who supported the winning side? Where can Johnny Reb go when he can't go home? He can go out west, where the land is hard, where there is danger on every side, and where no one cares for whom you fought - only how well you can do it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshing and different

  • By Robert A Loudon on 11-27-16

Fast Moving Interesting Entertainment!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-17

A unique western, capturing the very essence of post-civil war life of a confederate soldier.
Although the war was over Walt Ames, a former cavalryman and scout with the First Virginia, finds hatred for Johnny Rebs still runs deep. Going home he learns he has no home; his older brother was killed in the war and he was declared dead with his inheritance going to his sister whose fiance had fought for the North. To forget the war, Walter decides to go west and start a new life.

Brings the Lightening is the fast paced story of Walter Ames' life after war. His adventures as he moves west. The twists and turns his life takes.

It's very interesting entertainment; never a dull moment and the 7+ hours sped by. Bob Allen gave a good performance although it took awhile to get used to his voice inflections. He gave his characters life, fitting each one with a voice to match their character.

It's good clean entertainment for the entire family.

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  • Monument Rock (Dramatization)

  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 27

This priceless collection of newly discovered stories brings to life a time of desperate violence and true courage in a wide-open country of fortune seekers and dreamers, lawbreakers and pioneers. A newly sworn-in marshal must outwit a mysterious killer who's fleecing his neighbors while secretly cutting their throats....A young drifter, wounded in a gunfight, finds a chance to change his ways - but he must be willing to pay with his life....A fiercely independent woman and a mysterious stranger take a desperate stand against those out to drive her from her home.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Audio Ruined By Loud Music

  • By Lady M on 08-04-17

Audio Ruined By Loud Music

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

I'm very disappointed! What could have been a good story was ruined by loud music. What should have been background music many times was so loud it drowned out the spoken word. It was frustrating to try to listen to.

Louis L'Amour is one of my favorite authors, but I cannot recommend this version of Monument Rock.

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  • The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour (Unabridged Selections from The Frontier Stories, Volume One)

  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

No one more vividly captures the rugged majesty and enduring spirit of the American West than Louis L'Amour. Collected for the very first time are seven unabridged frontier tales from a legendary master of the genre. Volume One celebrates this remarkable voice in American fiction with a captivating blend of some of his best-loved work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A true page-turnerTurner!

  • By Zac Pfaff on 11-22-17

Incomplete Stories.

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

My disappointment and the reason for only 3 Stars for story, is not that they were uninteresting but because they were incomplete. Needing to write your own endings to the majority of the stories they can end any way you want them to, but if your like me, you'd rather let the author write the endings.

I normally enjoy Louis L'Amour stories, but poor judgement in cramming too many stories into 3+ hours spoiled it for me. I would have preferred fewer complete stories. I'm sure the original stories had satisfactory endings.

John Bedford Lloyd gave a good performance.

  • The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour: Volume 5 (Unabridged Selections)

  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Highlights
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Louis L'Amour's world is built on those dramatic moments when men and women cast their fears, doubts, and pasts behind them and plunge into the unknown. Nowhere is that more evident than in this latest collection of stories set on the American frontier. These selections include "The Nester and the Piute"; "Big Man"; "Waltz Him Around Again"; "Shadow"; "Barney Takes a Hand"; "When a Texan Takes Over"; and "No Trouble for the Cactus Kid".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book wonderful stories

  • By Margaret on 12-12-11

Seven Stories Crammed into Three + Hours

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

Reviewed: 07-31-17

Too many short stories within the allotted time. I have The Nester and The Piute in another Collection, but it was cute enough to listen to again. Although I would have enjoyed this Collection of Stories more if there were fewer and longer stories, but it was worth the low cost entertainment.

Jason Culp always gives a good performance.

  • The Trail to Crazy Man

  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

It was a land where nothing was small, nothing was simple. Everything, the lives of men and the stories they told, ran to extremes. Shanghaied into forced labor on a merchant vessel, Charles Rodney dies aboard ship from repeated beatings, but not before deeding part of his ranch to Rafe Caradec, whom he hopes will protect his family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • NO ONCE DOES WESTERNS LIKE LOUIS LAMOUR

  • By Gary on 12-05-11

Good Entertainment

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

I also have the movie version, "Crossfire Trail", with Rafe played by Tom Selleck. There are slight variations but both are good. If I had to choose between the two I would take this book narrated by Christopher Lane.

In "The Trail to Crazy Man" Rafe is made half owner of Rodney's ranch giving him legal right to move onto Rodney's spread to fulfill his promise to his late friend to protect his wife and daughter. When Rafe arrives he finds Rodney's wife has died, the ranch abandoned and his daughter living in town engaged to marry Barkow; the man who holds the mortgage on Rodney's ranch. She had been told her father was killed a year ago, rather than a month or so ago from beatings aboard a merchant Vessel. Rafe and his friends move into the house and begin making repairs and restocking the ranch.

Barkow and his cronies have gone to a lot of trouble to get control of Rodney's ranch and are not going to let Rafe and his friends take over. One of my favorite scenes in the book is when they arrest Rafe for killing a back shooter through a window when he is called out to face one of Barkow's gunmen in the street. I love the way he turned the tables on their mock trial, where he was suppose to be sentenced to hang.

This is an exceptional audiobook; I highly recommend it!

  • The Sixth Shotgun (Dramatized)

  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

The gallows are going up in Canyon Gap and wild-spirited Leo Carver is going to swing. A known troublemaker without an alibi, Leo certainly had motives for holding up the stage and killing two men, yet he still proclaims his innocence. There's a lot of folks who want to believe him, because although Leo Carver is a hard-living, free-spending maverick, he is the kind of man the West needs.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lacks Substance!

  • By Lady M on 07-20-17

Lacks Substance!

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

Was the evidence against the star player sufficient to convict or acquit him for robbery and murder? The "good ole boy" admitted to holding up stages and rustling a few cows to have money to spend on a good time.

Not one of L'Amours better short stories.

  • The One for the Mojave Kid

  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24

Few men were as deadly, or troublesome, with a gun as the Mojave Kid. Ab Kale, marshal of Hinkley, had warned the Kid to stay away from his town. Even as he trained his own adopted son, Riley, to handle a gun, he worried for both of them. He knew the Kid was the bloodthirsty sort who would one day force a showdown. But he couldn't know when, or prepare Riley for the test of his young life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short But Complete!

  • By Lady M on 07-20-17

Short But Complete!

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

Well written short story having the five key elements that go into every great short story: character, setting, conflict, plot and theme.

Entertainment under an hour.

  • Call After Midnight

  • By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by: Beth McDonald
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 91

A ringing phone in the middle of the night shakes newlywed Sarah Fontaine awake. Expecting her husband's call from London, she hears instead an unfamiliar voice. Nick O'Hara from the U.S. State Department is calling with devastating news: Geoffrey Fontaine, Sarah's husband of two months, died in a hotel fire...in Berlin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Spy Story for the Price!

  • By Lady M on 06-29-17

Good Spy Story for the Price!

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

Reviewed: 06-29-17

There's a lot of intrigue and cover-up in the death of Geoffrey Fontaine. When Nick O'Hara from the U.S. State Department called his wife to inform her of Geoffrey's death, Sarah said something that caused Nick to dig deeper into the man's life and death. Something was wrong, VERY WRONG!

Intrigue and romance!

Beth McDonald gave a good read. She has a very pleasant voice.

The 3 hours + was entertaining and well worth the price.

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  • Longhorn IV: The Family

  • Longhorn Series, Book 4
  • By: Dusty Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Gene Engene
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247

Fate has brought about a reunion with a brother Buck Cordell thought was dead. Hard work and perseverance brought both of them success beyond their wildest expectations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • First book in series I haven't rated five stars

  • By AudioAddict on 05-04-15

From Rags To Riches!

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

Reviewed: 06-26-17

I have enjoyed the Longhorn series immensely, having read them in sequence. This fourth book has a lot of feeling and action but more in-depth detail than the others. In my opinion it could have been told in about 8 hours Vs 12 without missing anything important.

Sometimes descriptions of the mundane became tedious and I felt like fast forwarding but was afraid I'd miss something important. You can almost see the writer picturing the various scenes in his head as he tells the story. For example, instead of saying they met at the cafe for a cup of coffee, each person entered the cafe in detail, with description of the cook and the pouring of each cup of coffee or like when Buck thinks of Rebecca, its more like an "ode to Rebecca".

It is still a 5 Star story and definitely worth a credit.

Gene Engene gave a great performance throughout the series.

The story of Cody Cordell (Hondo Kid) and Buck Cordell's family reunion is touching.

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