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  • Backlands

  • A Novel of the American West
  • By: Michael McGarrity
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624

Michael McGarrity returns with the second installment of his sweeping, richly authentic New York Times best-selling American West trilogy set in the raw, untrammeled New Mexico backlands during the Roaring '20s, the Great Depression, and World War II. Hard Country, the first novel in the Kerney family trilogy and the debut prequel to his national best-selling Kevin Kerney crime novels, was critically acclaimed for its authentic, gritty realism; its sprawling, engrossing story; and its compelling, engaging characters.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Way too predictable

  • By Randall on 04-11-18

Gritty, tough series of novels that ring true

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

Well written and performed series of novels that do a good job of depicting the feast or famine life of small ranchers and farmers. You'll remember these stories and the great characters, but you won't always like them.

  • The Dark Wind

  • By: Tony Hillerman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

For Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police, the case begins when he finds a pair of boots in the rabbit brush beside a wilderness trail. The boots' owner lies nearby, his palms and soles "scalped" in what appears to be a witch's scavenging. The federal investigators tell Chee to mind his own business. But a series of disturbing events draws Chee into a dangerous web of intrigue spun by Navajo sorcery and white greed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent complicated mystery

  • By Candace Russell on 04-10-17

Suspenseful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-18

I love how Navajo and Hopi traditions are integral to the characters and plot. They paint a picture in words that is a vivid mental picture for the reader.

  • Dance Hall of the Dead

  • By: Tony Hillerman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

Two Native American boys have vanished into thin air, leaving a pool of blood behind them. Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police has no choice but to suspect the very worst, since the blood that stains the parched New Mexican ground once flowed through the veins of one of the missing, a young ZuNi. But his investigation into a terrible crime is being complicated by an important archaeological dig and a steel hypodermic needle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impossible to Forget

  • By Carole T. on 03-23-16

Hillerman's Joe Leaphorn books are classics!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

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  • Matterhorn

  • A Novel of the Vietnam War
  • By: Karl Marlantes
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 21 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,328

Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Matterhorn

  • By Zachary on 04-20-10

Authentic feel and very well read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-13-11

As a Vietnam era and Desert Storm veteran, I expected a lot from this book and it delivered. Many of my NCO's in the 82nd in the early -mid 70's were Vietnam vets and while we were training for war in the middle East, I heard a lot of first hand accounts that rang with the same authenticity as this book. Many of the rear area personalities in this book were way too real to me, and while they were Marines, the Army certainly had their own share of these bastards. Saw the same thing in Desert Storm, always people willing to climb the ladder over the bodies of someone else. The flawed good guys were also real, in fact real enough I found myself putting faces to them of people I served with. Very well done book.