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  • A Reason to Die

  • Perley Gates Western Series, Book 2
  • By: William W. Johnstone, J.A. Johnstone - with
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Restless cowpoke Perley Gates wanted nothing more than to track down the grandfather who abandoned his family years ago. What he found was the crazy old sidewinder barely hanging on after a Sioux massacre. The old man's dying wish was to make things right for deserting his kin - by giving his strong-willed grandson Perley clues to the whereabouts of a buried fortune in gold. Finding his grandfather's legacy will set up his family for life. But it won't be easy. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another good series

  • By Tom Horn on 09-15-18

Great Series

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

Perley can get in worse fixes and shoot his way out faster than the outlaws can blink. He might step into cow pies like his brothers kid him but the band guys end up wearing them. Can't wait for more stories about the Legend!

  • Texas Blood Feud

  • By: Dusty Richards
  • Narrated by: Brian Hutchison
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Two-time Spur Award winner and member of the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame, Dusty Richards pens gritty Western tales packed with period authenticity. Texas Blood Feud stars Chet Byrnes, a third generation Texan looking to save his family’s ranch with one more big cattle drive. But his plans are dashed after he strings up three horse thieves, sparking a deadly feud with a family bent on revenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • cowboys

  • By J. Mitchell on 02-03-16

Good story

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

Ready for more in the series! Very entertaining fast moving story. Never a dull moment!

  • 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 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

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....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lighthearted as westerns go

  • By Vickie Hill on 04-30-18

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 155,624
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 143,606
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 143,451

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
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

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 430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too too sad for me to finish, so a personal review

  • By Kate+Mitchell Powell on 12-25-13

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 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

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 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

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 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

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 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • 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.

  • 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.