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Destry Rides Again

By: Max Brand
Narrated by: J. P. O'Shaughnessy
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Publisher's Summary

Made in 1939, the Golden Year of Hollywood, the film version of Destry Rides Again helped launch Jimmy Stewart's career and made Marlene Dietrich an American icon.

Harry Destry was a rough-and-tumble fighter who never lost a battle. But after six years in jail for a robbery he didn't commit, he comes back a changed man. The townsfolk believe he's beaten. They think all the fight's gone right out of him.

And that's exactly what Destry wants them to think. Because that's the way he alone will serve justice to the 12 men who framed him.

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Unabridged doesn't mean unedited

First of all, the performance was pretty bad. You could hear the narrator turning the pages of his script. You could hear the pauses in his performance as he turned the page. The narrator's cadence kept changing...it just seemed very unpolished and unprofessional.

The audiobook was unabridged but there were words in the audiobook that are different from the print book. For example, the print book used the "n" word but that word was changed in the audiobook. I thought that was a smart choice and didn't mind the change but I think there should have been some sort of note telling the buyer that this particular audiobook was "edited for content" or something along those lines.

Overall, I thought the story was OK but the performance was not very good at all.

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Great cowboy suspense novel for adults and kids

The characters were well developed. The plot was easy to follow. The suspense was expertly built and adroitly relieved with good endings. The book had one of the best finishes that I have seen in some time. I highly recommend this book for adults and young people alike.

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Nostalgic listen

I bought the book to reminisce about my childhood when I watched the Jimmy Stewart movie on TV. Although it is different in some major aspects from the movie, it is a good western story about ne’er-do-well Harrison Destry’s response to being framed for a robbery and sent to prison for 6 years. He starts out seeking revenge on the jury that convicted him for spite rather than the evidence.

In listening to this book, I had to remember that it was written in 1930. It uses language that could be considered racist. Characters speak with cliches such as “old man,” and “old fella.” Scene descriptions are often unnecessarily elaborate. Women were the weaker sex, irrational, and not as smart as men. Good men were very good and bad men were very bad. The author included a number of moralizations about what makes a good person.

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Drove me crazy!

Like the story. I liked the readers voice except the smacking of his lips in between sentences. Didn't do it all the time but enough to wear on me. I listen at work with earbuds. Petty I know but drives me nuts!

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Great story

Great story , I read this book as teenager and always liked it better than film and it was pleasurable

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Is this a cowboy?

This audible just couldn’t get off the ground. The narrator was pathetic, his monologue was atrocious. I am becoming a “not a fan of Max Brand”, and I have tried several times.

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I heard the narrator eating biscuits several times….

Great book but no kidding you can hear narrator clearing throat, turning pages, slurping coffee, and eating through the book ( maybe exaggerating that last part )… it was not pro narration for sure

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Not the movie Not even close

The hit movie which had many memorable scenes and great performances was done very well.
This book however has nothing to do with the movie. There's no drunken sheriff/uncle to welcome him at the stage etc. In the movie he's not coming from prison etc.
I can love a different story than expected but I was disappointed in the "reading" of the book. It was not performed so much as read.







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Great Western Read

Lotsa turns and twists. But, Overall fun read from Max Brand. I want to meet Chariie.

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PRETTY GOOD

It's a western story set in the early 20th century so you have cowboys, Colt .45s and telephones. Apparently it is not like the movie. It's a pretty classic Max Brand tale of a bad guy becoming good and a good guy who goes bad and it rocks along until the last couple of chapters when it seems to trip over itself. One minor character dies and the author goes on at length about this - 'he's dead now, no longer alive, his life has ended, death has overtaken him, his days of living are come to an end, his days of being dead have started, no longer will he breathe the mountain air, now he has gone to where there is no mountain air....' I'm paraphrasing but really he goes on in this vein a bit much, as if he's forgotten what comes next. Otherwise it's an entertaining western story with good guys bad guys and beautiful women and loyal horses.