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  • The Day the Cowboys Quit

  • By: Elmer Kelton
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Honored by the Western Writers of America as one of history's 25 Best Westerns, and based on an actual 1883 Texas cowboys' strike, this Golden Spur Award-winning novel tells the gripping saga of veteran cowboys and upstart cattle lords vying for power and vainly resisting change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Louis Lamour look out!

  • By Steve on 07-20-17

Exceeded my Expectations...

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

Powerful Story...Mr. Kelton does an amazing job of character building. One of those stories that you hate to see come to an end.

  • The Smiling Country

  • By: Elmer Kelton
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 57

The Smiling Country, filled with pathos and humor, is set in the last days of the Old West. Hewey Calloway may be pushing 45, but he can still rope and outride most things on four legs. Refusing promotions, he prefers to remain a simple ranch hand. But as he rides the West Texas plains, automobiles are beginning to dot the landscape....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great snapshot of the classic western personality

  • By Larimore Cummins on 01-09-18

Enjoyed it a lot....

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

This author has, at some point, been exposed to the authentic cowboy culture. This story warmed my heart.....one of those that you just hate to see come to an end

  • Comstock Lode

  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: Erik Singer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539

It was just a godforsaken mountainside, but no place on earth was richer in silver. For a bustling, enterprising America, this was the great bonanza. The dreamers, the restless, the builders, the vultures - they were lured by the glittering promise of instant riches and survived the brutal hardships of a mining camp to raise a legendary boom town. But some sought more than wealth. There was Val Trevallion, a loner haunted by a violent past, and Grita Redaway, a radiantly beautiful actress driven by an unfulfilled need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Story!!!! Listen to it now!!!

  • By dc on 08-13-12

classic Louis L'Amour

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

great story....well worth the purchase. lots of good listening hours. one of the best westerns I've listened to

  • Heart Earth

  • By: Ivan Doig
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

National Book Award finalist Ivan Doig had only a vague memory of his mother until he discovered a cache of her letters. They revealed a passionate, can-do woman who loved the lilting rhythm of words. A moving prequel to his acclaimed memoir This House of Sky, Doig’s Heart Earth highlights his childhood before his mother’s death and eloquently captures the texture of the American West, the fortunes of a family, and one woman’s indomitable spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Mother....

  • By William on 09-21-17

The Mother....

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

This one REALLY tugs at your heart strings. I really hated for this one to end.

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  • An Obvious Fact

  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,277
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,033

In the midst of the largest motorcycle rally in the world, a young biker is run off the road and ends up in critical condition. When Sheriff Walt Longmire and his good friend, Henry Standing Bear, are called to Hulett, Wyoming - the nearest town to America's first national monument, Devils Tower - to investigate, things start getting complicated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No brainer. Use the credit.

  • By Boysmom on 09-19-16

Just can't get enough....

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

Reviewed: 03-23-17

Craig Johnson.....what can I say.....

Here's what - this author is developing as the series goes on. I have been a rural county Sheriff in Montana and I can tell you that I continue to be astounded at the authenticity of these stories. In this book there were so many times that I had to pause and just soak up the flavor of what had just happened. These characters are alive in my mind. The narrator is incredible in his delivery. The Audible version of the Longmire series is five times better than the TV series and a large part of that is due to the skill of the narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,614

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Captivating.......

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

This story helped me to resolve a personal hang-up I've had all my life. It's a powerful reflection of real life scenarios that will really make you think....

The characters are excellent and there are plenty of unexpected twists and turns to keep you on your toes. Narrators voice is perfect for the character....this is just a great book...very sorry to have it end

  • The River of Doubt

  • Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
  • By: Candice Millard
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,366

At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • River of Doubt

  • By Steve1290 on 11-12-05

Riveting story - Extremely well written

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

Reviewed: 08-18-16

Theodore Roosevelt has been my hero all my life....but it wasn't until I experienced this book that I found out "All the reasons"why. The narrator does an incredible job of bringing the different characters to life. The author does an extraordinary job of putting you in the rain forest, with the expedition. Listening to this book changed my heart rate at times. I listened to it twice and will definitely be doing a third.

  • This House of Sky

  • Landscapes of a Western Mind
  • By: Ivan Doig
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

A nominee for the National Book Award, Ivan Doig's brilliant memoir shares the experiences and culture that shaped his early years and made him fall in love with the West. From his childhood in a family of homesteaders through the death of his mother and his move to Montana to herd sheep, Doig shows his intimate connection with the American West.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Early work by a favorite author

  • By Doggy Bird on 09-06-14

The heart of the West

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

Reviewed: 07-28-16

If you have a desire to experience the heartbeat of Western culture - particularly that of early Montana, it can be felt here. this is a story that will have you hitting the "pause" button again and again in an attempt to buy yourself time to absorb all the feelings that are woven into it. incredible. Narrator is excellent

  • The Eleventh Man

  • By: Ivan Doig
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Driven by the memory of a fallen teammate, TSU's 1941 starting lineup made Montana football history, charging through the season undefeated. Two years later, the "Supreme Team" is caught up in World War II. Ten of them are scattered around the globe in the war's various lonely and dangerous theaters. The 11th man, Ben Reinking, has been plucked from pilot training by a military propaganda machine hungry for heroes.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't really care for it.

  • By cjwheeler on 03-10-09

Another Doig masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 06-23-16

A lot of research done for this one - narrator is fantastic. There is a lot of "flavor" in this story. I'll be listening to it again someday

  • Dancing at the Rascal Fair

  • By: Ivan Doig
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian MacKenzie
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 450

Dancing at the Rascal Fair by National Book Award nominee Ivan Doig captures the passion and tenacity of turn-of-the-century immigrants struggling to build new lives amidst Montana’s windswept Rockies. The tale unfolds into a contest of the heart between Anna Ramsay and Angus McCaskill—kept apart by obligations—as they and their stormy kin vie to tame the brutal land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Favorite

  • By Dana C. Nicolay on 05-28-10

Powerful... so powerful

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

Reviewed: 04-13-16

There are no words in the English language that would do justice to how deeply this story affected me. Ivan Doig is a master of story tellers . The Characters he creates stay with you forever. My brother actually operates a cattle ranch in the North Fork country today. One of the most beautiful but unforgiving places on earth. I have spent time there ....so this story all the more meaningful for me. As good as this story is, the narrator with his amazing Scottish brogue, makes it twice as valuable. If I could, I would give this work fifteen stars