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Hard Country Audiobook

Hard Country: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

National best-selling author and New Mexico native Michael McGarrity takes listeners to the wild territory of the late 19th-century American Southwest for this epic tale. After the deaths of his wife and brother, John Kerney gives up his West Texas ranch and heads south in search of a new home. Soon Kerney is offered work trailing cattle to the New Mexico Territory - a job that will forever change his life.

©2012 Michael McGarrity (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 05-19-12
    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 05-19-12 Member Since 2007
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    "For want of an ending"

    I really enjoyed this book - the writing and narration were way above average. I would have enjoyed it more if there had been an ending that matched the story. It just sort of stopped at the nearest scene even if the scene didn't make sense

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Becky PALL MALL, TENNESSEE, United States 05-12-17
    Becky PALL MALL, TENNESSEE, United States 05-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Narrator makes the book!"

    rather depressing but I know that can be true to life, still able to get through it although I struggled. wasnt a book I couldn't wait to get back too.
    George as Always with his Great voice made it worth finishing

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    Penny 04-29-17
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    "Can't wait for round 2!"

    I just love the entertainment of this narrator George Guidall. The story seems real, with real life joys and tribulations. A great listen.

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    alyxsheerheart 03-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Book lives up to name"

    Earlier this year, I read all 4 books in the Lonesome Dove saga. They were spectacular on a whole, but I was looking for a western that would fill the void in my reading list those books had left.
    I have to admit, I was not very optimistic about Hard Country, as this was the first Michael McGarrity novel I had read. However, after only a couple chapters in, I was hooked.

    Warning though, this book lives up to it's name. Throughout the entire read, you will be taken for a ride filled with ups and downs. The book lasts what feels like an eternity and thinking about it, it does span 3 generations.

    I enjoyed the character development most of all. Cal being my favorite, of course. McGarrity paid close attention to all characters though, even the ones that are only around for a chapter or two. My attention was held and I thoroughly enjoyed the book. But I must admit, when certain characters died, part of me wanted to quit reading in protest. And not to give away any endings, but just don't expect this to end like a fairy tail. I constantly reminded myself when the plot took various turns that the book was indeed titled, "Hard Country."

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    william 03-04-17
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    "Favourite book"

    The very best book I have read or listened to.
    Live through the lives of people in a very tough time.

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    Hill 01-30-17
    Hill 01-30-17
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    "The old west"

    In my book McGarrity made the west come alive as well as McMurrtry did with his Lonesome Dove series. I am within a couple of hours of finishing this book and felt compelled to write my review now while I have a few minutes. I have enjoyed every second of this book. I am likely to go broke buying the rest of this series if the second book is as good as this one. I suspect my bank account is doomed. This book is a classic in all the right places. Intrigue, sadness, joy, all the right things. Having George Guidall as the narrator is without a doubt a very wise choice. He has a way of making any book come to life. A very enjoyable book.

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    Pattie Thomas 01-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Hard Country."

    This book is wonderful! The author captures your attention from the beginning and transports you from your world into that of his characters and keeps you there until "the end",

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    Lew 01-09-17
    Lew 01-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful"

    I was right there, in the mountains, on the ranch, anywhere the characters were. Loved this book...It made me gasp, laugh and cry. I will miss this story. Great characters and great reading.

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    Beverly J Johnson 01-01-17 Member Since 2013

    Over sixty, avid reader, Masters in German Literature.

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    "Old West adventures with person touch"

    This book features splendid characterizations that avoid trite stereotypes and an appreciation of the types of people it took to settle the West, particularly New Mexico territory. Anyone who enjoys history and adventure should enjoy this well told family saga.

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    "Good book and well written."


    moved fast, great characters, but lots of sorrow. yet, I imagine this would be the true west.

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