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Publisher's Summary

Now a Major Motion Picture Starring Kevin Costner

The open range men are free-grazing cattlemen, those who don't own land but drive their stock through the country to graze. Boss Spearman knows that times are changing. Local ranchers are staking claims to grazing areas and building up extensive cattle empires. Boss has no quarrel with that, but he won't be intimidated or scared off. So when Denton Baxter makes it clear, by killing one man and seriously wounding another, that he intends to drive Boss and his crew out, Boss must make a stand. But getting justice is not going to be easy. Baxter practically owns Marshall Poole, and the townsfolk have no use for free grazers. Boss' only hope is the circuit-riding judge, if he can stay alive until he arrives.

©1990 Lauran Paine (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"[Lauran Paine is] the best in the business." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A gripping tale of human greed and the fight for survival...superbly narrated by Barrett Whitener." (Library Bookwatch)

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Not bad, not great

This is a rare case where the book is not better than the film. If you enjoyed the film (which I did), you might still like the book, but be warned that the book is quite different in a couple of major ways. It's a very slow moving story (in the book), and it doesn't help in this case that the narrator reads it at a slow, deliberate pace. It's a matter of taste, I know, but I did not care for the narrator of this title. Some of the voices he affected for a few characters were downright annoying. Fortunately, he does not adopt such voices for any of the primary characters. Not a waste of time, but not as good as I had hoped, based on the movie.

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Inspiring American Western

What made the experience of listening to Open Range the most enjoyable?

The story itself.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sue Barlow, she is an inspiration to the Open Rangers. She is beautiful and dedicated to doing good.

What does Barrett Whitener bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He has a lot a emotion in his voice.

If you could take any character from Open Range out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Sue Barlow, she is an interesting person.

Any additional comments?

A must listen for Cowboy or Western book lovers.