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The Moody family moves from New Hampshire to a Colorado ranch. Experience the pleasures and perils of ranching in 20th Century America, through the eyes of a youngster.
©1950 Ralph Moody; (P)2001 Books in Motion

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  • Brenda
  • Forrest, IL, United States
  • 01-19-12

Touching story, Great Narration

Ralph Moody has a great style of writing and Cameron Beierle's narration makes it come alive. Together they give you a boy's view on life on the ranch, the life lessons he learns, and how he grows into being the man of the family at age 11. Most of the book had me laughing at an unpredictable twist or a wry statement of facts. The end broke my heart and had me yearning to listen to the next story. It's a great story well told and all the better because it is true.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful Story for Whole Family

What made the experience of listening to Father and I Were Ranchers the most enjoyable?

This is one of those books that you hate to see come to an end. It is a great story to share with the whole family, especially those with younger children (maybe 8 years and up). It illustrates good values, a great work ethic, and a family that sticks together no matter what. The narrator is first rate.

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

I have only heard Cameron Beierle in the Little Britches series. The narration is fantastic.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • April
  • Gainesville, TX, United States
  • 03-29-11

Little Britches Series

LOVE this book. I laughed and cried. This took me back to simpler times.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathy
  • MADERA, CA, United States
  • 11-04-12

A Good Book

Would you consider the audio edition of Father and I Were Ranchers to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the print version.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ralph "Little Britches"

Which scene was your favorite?

I didn't know this book was based on an autobiography until after I read it. But, when he was telling about breaking nine toes, I just knew the details could not have been made up. Ouch! Trying to imagine such an injury, was beyond my imagination!

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

A young boy learns to be a cowpoke.

Any additional comments?

I'm going to "read" book #2 now.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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One of my all time favorites

What made the experience of listening to Father and I Were Ranchers the most enjoyable?

Great story, great narration, perfect combination.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ralph, was my favorite character. The story centers on him.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scenes where Ralph's father gently molds the character of his son are my favorites.

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

The end of the book is very poignant.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Grace
  • United States
  • 05-12-12

Love this series and especially this first book

A great story with historical perspective as well as themes of family and the building of moral character.

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  • DMR
  • PIMA, AZ, United States
  • 12-28-11

Very enjoyable!

Would you consider the audio edition of Father and I Were Ranchers to be better than the print version?

Yes. I can listen while I drive or do other things, whereas finding the time to sit down and read a paper copy is much less likely to happen.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Very dissappointed , too much cussing.

I purchased the first two books of this series for my 10yr old son. At first we were very pleased. Even his sisters enjoyed them. But as the story progresses some of the male characters begin to cuss. Not just once or twice, but enough that my son, who really enjoyed the story itself, said he didn't want to listen to it anymore. From the many reviews I read, I believed this series to be full of high moral teaching and character building. And it is, except of the apparant belief that it is manly to curse. If you are desperate for good literature for boys, I would suggest buying the books and reading them to your sons so you can skip the language. I learned this lesson the hard way after forking out $30 for the first two audiobooks. For me, I think I'll just keep looking.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Good, wholesome, family story

Would you listen to Father and I Were Ranchers again? Why?

I would listen to this book again, but first I'd like to finish the series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Father and I Were Ranchers?

The trick riding competition.

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

No.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

We cried! But we laughed too.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 01-19-13

1900 Colorado Ranching

This story takes place in 1906 when the family moved from New Hampshire to Colorado. The story is mostly about the relationship between father and son, and the lessons the father gives on being a man. The story about ranching and farming and the problems with lack of water, weather problem and mostly great neighbors is a familiar story to anyone who ranches or farms. It is a nice pleasant story with some humor, sadness and the trials of starting up in a new school. Makes for a good story to read between more serious reading or as a break from a hard week at work. Good family story. Cameron Beierle does a good job narrating the story. This is the first book in a series.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Brian Treloar
  • 12-19-15

Great reader

A wonderfully told story that should be read to all young boys .
Full of exciting adventures but also teachers the right way to treat people , with honesty and good manners .