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  • Fear of the Father: Call Me Crockett

  • The Crockett Series, Book 1
  • By: David R. Lewis
  • Narrated by: David R. Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

"Got a gun?" With those words, David Allen Crockett, a retired police officer who simply wanted to be left alone, finds his seclusion shattered by his friend, therapist Ruby LaCost. At Ruby's request, Crockett agrees to teach one of her clients, Rachael Moore, how to defend herself with a handgun. During the course of those lessons, Crockett and Rachael begin an intimate relationship. When Rachael is found dead from an apparent suicide, Crockett is devastated and tries to slink back into his self-imposed seclusion.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Improbable

  • By Sue An on 03-24-16

One of the Most Gifted Contemporary Writers

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

For sure. Both the writing and the performance/narration are excellent--very entertaining.

What other book might you compare Fear of the Father: Call Me Crockett to and why?

If you like Robert B Parker books you will like this one.

What does David R. Lewis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

One of the best book narrators in the business--a veteran performer. Listen to a sample.

Any additional comments?

A great crime novel with fast paced action and unpredictable turns and characters. The Crockett character has unique and effective ways of doing his work. Really interesting characters and situations.

Highly recommended!

  • Killdeer Trail

  • By: David R. Lewis
  • Narrated by: David R. Lewis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

Thirteen people are dead from the savage poisoning of a church well at the zealous hands of a vengeful old woman. With warrants in hand for murder and flight to avoid prosecution, Ruben, Homer Poteet, and Marion Daniels take to the trail of Blanche Boggs. She has crossed the Mississippi River into the primitive wilds of Southern Illinois to return to her old home place. Back among friends and family, Blanche knows she is safe. She isn't. Nobody is on the Killdeer Trail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story and performance, another brilliant work by the master

  • By Victor on 06-07-15

The Great Western's Reborn

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

Reviewed: 06-10-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Killdeer Trail to be better than the print version?

David Lewis is as good an audio performer as any you will find. Amazing that such a great author can also narrate with an authentic dialect and pleasing tone.

Who was your favorite character and why?

A new and memorable character, Fayrow Dunlap, shows up in this episode of the Trail Series. He is a jewel like so many of Lewis' characters and I will let the story tell the rest.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Ruben first meets Fayrow.

Any additional comments?

Lewis' strong suit is his ability to confront his engaging main charters with a difficult, dangerous and complex problem and then you'll be amazed at the solutions they find using imagination, daring and determination. If you like westerns and have not read the Trail Series by David R. Lewis you owe it to yourself to download it and listen to or read it. Lewis is an amazing author and his growing list of books offers a broad spectrum of great literary entertainment.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Calico Trail

  • By: David R. Lewis
  • Narrated by: David R. Lewis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 219

When old money and older entitlement invade Missouri, Ruben Beeler is dispatched by the Federal Marshals Service to investigate complaints from small farmers and ranchers that a wealthy Englishman is taking over an entire county. Rube leaves his wife and their baby at home, and enters into a conflict where might is right, and Sir Merrit Treadstone is prepared to do whatever is necessary to establish the Calico Cattle Company and his new American kingdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh No, There's Only 4 "Trail" Books Left!

  • By Kathy on 04-09-17

A Great Western Novel in a Great Western Series

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

Reviewed: 12-11-14

Any additional comments?

Calico Trail is a great western novel in a great western series written and performed by David Lewis. Look at the ratings given by readers to David Lewis and his Trail Series of books. These books will become classics of western literature. I have read a lot of western books and have found none that are close to Lewis' books for plot, character development, humor and action. You only have to listen to one and you will be ready for more. Lewis is as gifted a reader as he is a writer and that is saying something. These are classic westerns in the old tradition. Marshall Marion Daniels, Homer Poteet and main character Ruben Beeler take on the challenges of dealing with hardened desperadoes, crooked lawmen and wealthy land barons in the Calico Trail. Young Ruben takes what he learns from Marshall Daniels and puts on his own twists as he deals with challenging interactions with men who don't play by the rules. He uses his 12" 12 gauge shotgun as often as a club as he does as a firearm.Look at the way high percentage of folks who give these tales a 5 star rating. Listen to one and you will be doing the same.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Payback Trail

  • By: David R. Lewis
  • Narrated by: David R. Lewis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 203

When Ruben Beeler joins Marshal Marion Daniels to investigate an incident of theft and murder, Rube is plunged into a world of dark deeds and black hearts. With the help of an abused and courageous young woman, Rube, Marion, and Marshal Addriss Tippideaux head south of the Missouri line into the hills and hollows of Northern Arkansas, and take on an entire clan to see that justice is done. Suspicion of outsiders and hate for the government abounds, and the marshals are much farther from home than the miles they've traveled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Series!

  • By Susan on 08-26-17

Best Western Author Writing Today!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-14

Where does Payback Trail rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

i have enjoyed the Trail series by David Lewis more than any audiobooks I have ever listened to and I have listened to many hundreds over the past 25 years. This is an exceptional author and a great narrator.

What does David R. Lewis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Lewis has a unique vocal quality that is both pleasant and interesting. The dialect is s a great enhancement to the story and an entertainment in itself--uniquely strong it is a genuine throw back to another time. I know of no one who has a more pleasantly unique style.

Any additional comments?

If you like westerns you should not miss this author--he is the best there is out there writing today. Just look at all of his reviews and ratings. Everyone who tries these books comes back for more. All the friends I have referred have become committed fans of Lewis.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Western Trail

  • The Trail Drive, Book 2
  • By: Ralph Compton
  • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Benton McCaleb and his band of bold-spirited cowboys have traveled long and hard to drive thousands of ornery cattle into Wyoming’s Sweetwater Valley. They’re in the midst of setting up a ranch just north of Cheyenne when a ruthless railroad baron and his hired killers try to force them off the land. Now, with the help of the Shoshoni Indian tribe and a man named Buffalo Bill Cody, McCaleb and his men must vow to stand and fight.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A little over the top at times.

  • By Bewildered. on 07-27-15

Bad job of abridging

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

Reviewed: 06-16-14

Any additional comments?

Bought the combined 3 books Goodnight-Western and Chisolm Trails below average westerns that are chopped up to shorten in ways that leave you asking what just happened? Reader that may be good at some books but not westerns. Not a good purchase.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Endless Journey Toward an Unknown Destination

  • By: David R. Lewis
  • Narrated by: David R. Lewis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

This audiobook is the story of one man's lifetime search for his place in the cosmos and his purpose in the universe. A teacher, healer, reader, and author, David R. Lewis has spent his life moving from dogma to karma and farther in the search for answers to the questions so many of us have. David offers a wealth of his personal experience and shares some of the wisdom of his mentor, the late Doctor Henry Rucker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible!

  • By Forest Anders on 04-05-18

An interesting listen

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

Reviewed: 04-27-14

Any additional comments?

David Lewis is a great story teller and an excellent writer and narrator. His experiences with the metaphysical are interesting and a good listen. Many of hIs individual experiences are not believable in my range of experience but his ideas about who or what God is make as much or more sense than most religions and many philosophies. A lot of good sense is expressed in his ideas about how we interact with one another. Worth the time spent listening.

  • Nodaway Trail

  • By: David R. Lewis
  • Narrated by: David R. Lewis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 213

Comfortable in his new life in Deer Run, young Ruben Beeler is called away by Marshal Marion Daniels to help in an investigation of murder and mutilation north of St. Joe. That begins a search for killers and leads the men northward into unfamiliar territory, pitting them against a family of outlaws who have ruled Nodaway County since before the Civil War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Gunsmith or the Mule? Gotta Love Them Both!

  • By Kathy on 09-07-16

As good as it gets

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

Reviewed: 03-20-14

Any additional comments?

David Lewis' writing will stand up with the best western books ever written. How does it get any better than this--well he reads his books with a style that makes them even better and more memorable. These are classic tales that never drag.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Deer Run Trail

  • By: David R. Lewis
  • Narrated by: David R. Lewis
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302

The year was 1881, an' young Ruben Beeler was makin' his way along near the Missouri River, findin' work when he could an' livin' the only life he knew. When he come on ol' Arliss Hyatt, beat to hell an' near shot to death, Rube done what he could for him. He didn't know that act of kindness was gonna wind up changin' his whole life, but it did.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Turned me into a grinnin' fool!

  • By Kathy on 06-27-16

Great characters

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

Reviewed: 02-19-14

Any additional comments?

Lewis' narration, rich characters along and an uncommonly good sense of humor never seems to stall as he creates a western series that i hope has a lot more books to come. Very entertaining.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Thief of Time

  • Discworld, Book 26
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,606
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,256

Time is a resource. Everyone knows it has to be managed. And on the Discworld that is the job of the Monks of History, who store it and pump it from the places where it's wasted (like the underwater; how much time does a codfish need?) to places like cities, where there's never enough time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A welcome re-recording.

  • By Glen Phipps on 02-01-10

#1 out of 15

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-10

I have heard Stephen Briggs read 14 of Pratchett's books and I liked Thief of Time best. His talent for humor is on full display as he portrays the abbot of a monastery who is a 900 year old monk in a less than 2 year old infant's body. Both ages alternately are heard from the infant with memorable results.
The monks seem to be created from David Caradine's old Kung Fu TV series and all his Egors seem to be a recreation of Marty Feldman's role in Young Frankenstein. Highly recommended for fans of Pratchett and Briggs.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Carpe Jugulum

  • Discworld, Book 23
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472

Mightily Oats has not picked a good time to be a priest. He thought he'd come to the mountain kingdom of Lancre for a simple little religious ceremony. Now he's caught up in a war between vampires and witches, and he's not sure there is a right side. There are the witches - young Agnes, who is really in two minds about everything, Magrat, who is trying to combine witchcraft and nappies, Nanny Ogg, who is far too knowing . . . and Granny Weatherwax, who is big trouble.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • laugh til you understand

  • By David on 08-12-10

Where is Stephen Briggs?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-13-10

Pratchett is one of a kind. HIs story telling and Brittish wit are second to none. I always enjoy his books but this one is not nearly as interesting as Thief of Time or Nation.

NIgel Planer is an ok reader but Stephen Briggs is so much better I have a hard time buying the books not read by Briggs. Briggs is an extraordinary talent. He does it so well that I would always rather hear his rendition than read it myself.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful