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  • To Tame a Land

  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 262

Rye Tyler was 12 when his father was killed in an Indian raid. Taken in by a mysterious stranger with a taste for books and an instinct for survival, Rye is schooled in the hard lessons of life in the West. But after killing a man, he is forced to leave his new home. He rides lonely mountain passes and works on dusty cattle drives until he finds a job breaking horses. Then he meets Liza Hetrick, and in her eyes he sees his future. After establishing himself as marshal of Alta, he returns, only to discover that Liza has been kidnapped.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple but kept me thinking

  • By Joel Henson on 05-01-15

Ryan "Rie" Tyler

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

If it were not for men from childhood to manhood the west would not have been tamed.

  • Wagons West Colorado!

  • Wagons West, Book 7
  • By: Dana Fuller Ross
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Colorado! Some came for freedom; others, to build a new life. But in 1858, when gold is discovered in the Colorado region, thousands of desperate men and women descend on Denver like a hungry swarm. Homesteaders struggle to hold onto their claims, but none are immune to the effects of gold fever. Wagon train veteran Chet Harris risks his life to repeat the success he found in the California gold fields. Mineral expert Luke Brando masquerades as a banker, while his wife hides a yearning for riches of her own. And young Cathy Blake discovers just how far she’ll go to defeat a voluptuous rival.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • History, Action, and Romance

  • By Katherine A. Acres on 09-26-17

Still Great

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

Reviewed: 02-03-16

Dana Fuller Ross continues to present top notch quality reading and fictional characters involved in real life history.

  • Bloody Sunday

  • Luke Jensen, Bounty Hunter, Book 3
  • By: William W. Johnstone, J. A. Johnstone
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

With his epic novels of the Jensen family, William W. Johnstone has captured the pioneer spirit of America. Now he reveals the untold story of Smoke Jensen's long-lost brother Luke, thought to have been killed in the fiercest war in our nation's history. Smoke's Brother Luke: The Jensen Legend Continues...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry to reach the end of this series

  • By Dawn on 10-05-17

My only complaint

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

Reviewed: 09-18-15

My only complaint is one of improper research. "Luke heard the report of a rifle an instant later a bullet whizzed by his head." For those of you who do not understand my complaint, forget about it and read the book. it really is a s good story. For those of you who understand. Overlook it and read while you smile.

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  • The Reckoning

  • Jess Williams, Book 1
  • By: Robert J. Thomas
  • Narrated by: Jay Emmitt Caudill
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

The Reckoning is the first in the series of Jess Williams Western novels written by Robert J. Thomas. Jess Williams is an ordinary young boy with a loving family, growing up in Black Creek, Kansas. That all changes when he comes home and finds his entire family brutally murdered. Forced to become a man overnight, he vows to avenge his family's savage deaths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Western

  • By Vanessa on 03-25-15

This book is a SLEEPER

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

Reviewed: 09-09-15

When I started this book I thought it would be something to put me to sleep. BUT, I was extremely pleased with the entire book. I'm tired of the hero getting beat-up, shot, stabbed, thrown off of a cliff, and nearly killed 6 times in 25 chapters. Then in the final chapter he single-handed whips eleven bad guys, out draws four gunmen and kills the evil bad guy and saves the girl in the last 9 pages of the last chapter. With Jess Williams!!! No Brag Just Facts. You draw - I'm gonna Kill You.

  • Touchback

  • By: Don Handfield
  • Narrated by: Marlin May
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

When Scott Murphy scored the winning touchdown in the 1991 state championship game, it should have launched a golden future - the full scholarship to Ohio State, the million-dollar signing bonus, marriage to the beauty queen, and NFL glory. Instead, it all ended with a sickening pop as his leg shattered in four places. The next twenty years would be a study in Murphy's Law-whatever could go wrong did. Just when things seem at their worst-he's losing his farm, his relationship with his wife is crumbling - a miracle happens: Murphy gets a chance to reboot his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Life I Lost

  • By Debbie on 08-31-15

The Life I Lost

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

Reviewed: 08-31-15

Reading about my life. I didn't get injured but my injuries did end my career and I was sure my life was over. I liked it.

  • Jubal Sackett

  • The Sacketts, Book 4
  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: Jonn Curless
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,072
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 852
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 853

Jubal Sackett's urge to explore drove him westward, and when a Natchez priest asks him to undertake a nearly impossible quest, Sackett ventures into the endless grassy plains the Indians call the Far Seeing Lands. He seeks a Natchez exploration party and its leader, Itchakomi. It is she who will rule her people when their aging chief dies, but first she must vanquish her rival, the arrogant warrior Kapata.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story and Another Great Performance

  • By adeline on 10-20-11

Awesome Book

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

Reviewed: 10-02-13

Where does Jubal Sackett rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Jubal Sackett is one of the many Louis L'Amour books that are simply Awesome Reads.

Have you listened to any of Jonn Curless’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Curless renders an awesome performance, as he always does.

Who was the most memorable character of Jubal Sackett and why?

Jubal Sackett is obviously Barnabas Sackett's son!!!

  • Wagons West Independence!

  • By: Dana Fuller Ross
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 208

The year is 1837. The American West is untamed, uncivilized, and largely unclaimed. U.S. President Andrew Jackson, in a race with the British and Russians, sends a wagon train of would-be settlers into the uncharted Oregon territory, led by his close friend, mountain man and veteran Sam Brentwood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ELK LIVER

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 11-05-16

Everything I Expected

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

Reviewed: 08-01-13

What did you love best about Wagons West Independence!?

Having already read the Series in paperback I was most pleased that the speaker was easy to listen to and easy to follow. I also was impressed with the ability to stop and start without loosing my train of thought, even from one day to the next.

What did you like best about this story?

The actual story of the book was an awesome undertaking. Although a fictional version of an actual event it never-the-less gave a very realistic touch to historical facts. It incorporated the spirit of the American People and the "Pioneer Spirit" of the explorers of this day and age. The hardships, the victories, the failures, and the dreams, hopes and aspirations of our young nation and the great effort of the people that have always stepped to the forefront when needed.

What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

Mr Gigante's performance was excellent and I will continue to purchase the remaining books of this series.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Wagons West of Course

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Honor of the Queen

  • Honor Harrington, Book 2
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,398

It's hard to give peace a chance when the other side regards conquest as the only option and a sneak attack as the best means to that end. That's why the Kingdom of Manticore needs allies against the Republic of Haven, and the planet Grayson is strategically situated to make a very good ally indeed. But Her Majesty’s Foreign Office overlooked a “minor cultural difference” when they chose Honor Harrington to carry the flag: women on the planet of Grayson are without rank or rights and Honor’s mere presence is an intolerable affront to every male on the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Following on in the series - Book 2

  • By Richard on 03-21-10

Horatio Hornblower Was a Pansey

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

Reviewed: 07-07-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Honor of the Queen to be better than the print version?

No, yet as I make that flat out statement, I do not wish to take away from Ms Johnson's talented reading skills. In the first book I was prepared not to like the way she read. Well. ... . maybe that is only a half truth. I was determined not to like the way she read. But, by the end of the fourth chapter, I was willing to admit that she was not bad, still not good by any means but not bad. By the end of the seventh chapter she was getting better and by the end of the ninth chapter we were old friends.
She continues her high level of reading into the second book as well. So, if I think this highly of her reading skills why do I still think that personal reading is better. . .? When you read a book on your own you need to be so wraped up in the reading that you literly climb into the book and let it transport you to the time and place you are reading about. When someone elser is reading to you, your mind has a tendency to wander more often than when you personally read the text.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Honor of the Queen?

Again Weber makes several memorable moments in his books and this one is no excception. The best I believe is when Nimitz and Honor show their willingness to get up close and personal with the assains that attempted to assinate Proctector Benjamine.
Another when Honor proves human and looses control and slaps Reginald Houseman across the room and again at the Blackbird base and had to be restrained by Scotty Tremaine.
And once again in the final battle as to how her people again and again surpass the best that can be done to reach mythic proportions. We have many stories of such daring in extream crisis throughout the history of mankind and each and all can be attributited to the mark that one person made upon another by great sacrifice in the face of adversity.

Which scene was your favorite?

The final run for Grayson by the Masadan's who had finally figured out that all they had to do to defeat Harrington was to keep coming and pounding away at her because their ship was bigger, meaner, and tougher. She could not last. Honor realizing this and having already made up her mind that it would be her final attempt to stop or slow them down, turned to the communications office and requested that Hammermill be played as they made the final run.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Curage, Guts, and integrity . . . . Honor Harrington makes Horatio Hornblower look like a Pansey!

Any additional comments?

I have read every book in the Honor Harrington universe twice over and listened to all at least once. Many people complain about his (Mr Weber) penchant for techno babble. . . . . if a world class chef cooks me a prim cut of steak and it is the best in existance. . . . I will listen to him tell me how he is going to prepare it and tenderize it and flavour it and any other thing he wants to tell me, as long as he delivers the most magnificent piece of meat I have ever eaten!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • On Basilisk Station

  • Honor Harrington, Book 1
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,521
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,703
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,698

Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk station and given an antique ship to police the system. The vindictive superior who sent her there wants her to fail. But he made one mistake: he's made her mad....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks for the memories

  • By ShySusan on 03-23-13

I Wish I Had Written This!

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

Reviewed: 07-06-13

Would you listen to On Basilisk Station again? Why?

It is one of the most entertaining and well reasoned plots that I have found in many years. The characters are thoroughly flesh out and you get to know each one in a very personal way. There is a love/hate relationship with Weber as he proves that he is not afraid to introduce you to one of his characters. Make you like and admire that character. Grow to be fond of the character. . . . and then to kill off that same character.

What was one of the most memorable moments of On Basilisk Station?

There were several memorable moments that come to mind. The most memorable, when Honor refused to be bullied by a wealthy Klaus Hauptman and her refusal to allow a threat to her parents well being stand unchallenged. Her statement of promise or fact which ever way he chose to take it, to challenge him to a duel and shoot him down like the gutter scum that he had just proven himself to be. . . .

Which character – as performed by Allyson Johnson – was your favorite?

Honor Harrington of course is my most favored character but Mr. Weber painted such personal pictures with his words that Allyson had but to read the words to give us a picture, however, her voice modulations and accents gave such texture to the person as to truly create a fully fleshed out individual.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There are numerous moments in this book that spoke to me in a personal level. From the beginning when Alistair McKeon wrestled with his jealousy, the entire crew became disenchanted with Honor and her drive to bring them around to the level of competency that only she would accept. The moments when each crewman came to the realization that their skipper was someone extra special and she expected each of them to become just as special. To Klaus Hauptman who thought his money would buy him special favors in the eyes of the "new" CO of Basilisk Station with an impossible task to preform.

Any additional comments?

It is a worthy book of any science fiction aficionado. Almost all true readers believe that they have within themselves a wonderful novel. . . . . I Wish I Had Written This!!!!!