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Buck Cordell is a giant of a man in a giant, untamed land called Texas. He builds a cattle ranch where ordinary men all say it can't be done a cattle empire that defies all odds, a family that changes the course of Texas history, and a legacy that outlives the Old West.

Round 'em up: listen to another novel in the Longhorn Series.
©2007 Dusty Rhodes (P)2007 Books In Motion

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Nice western fare!!

Absorbing tale. Love Westerns! Great voice on the narration but I have heard better when it comes to the character separation and accents. Good first taste!

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Enjoyable

This was a fun book to listen to, lots of old style language like "aH wreckon", and "much obliged". The happenings are a little to fortuitous for real life but I like how they handle what comes up. The characters are solid, reliable and likeable.

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The Longhorn Series, by Dusty Rhodes

This book series is very good. In fact I have listened to it also 4 times.

The narrator, Gene Engene, does a great job at the way that he brings the story to life. I would recommend listening to it.

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"Great Action Scenes"

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I liked this book in-spite of Buck's dumb blunders, like having a saddle pack full of gold and riding on alone. I mean come on there were bands of bad guys roaming the country because of the end of the war, so he gets bush whacked and it's up to his friend and partner to get justice for him. I mean, I would have preferred Chester to be the point of interest in the whole series because he's a more interesting character. I don't know how Buck became a captain with some of his idiotic blunders or decisions with all these things happening, it doesn't make sense to make him the main character. The thing that caught my interest was the action scenes and the storyline was good.

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Western read by a western voice.

Would you listen to The Beginning again? Why?

Yes I have listened to it twice. I just bought book two. The reader is a great voice to tell this type of story. If you listen to the preview you will probably get the book if you like westerns.

What other book might you compare The Beginning to and why?

It's a western but very different beginning so it is not like any other book.

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

Suddenly they were Americans and not Southern soldiers anymore. The war was over and they went home to start their life in Texas.

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  • Susan
  • Bartonville, TX
  • 08-03-14

The adventures of Buck and Chester

After the Civil War many soldiers on both sides did not know the war was over. Buck and Chester, our main characters learn of the cease fire only after an unfortunate, unnecessary battle, where all but four of them were killed. The Union shipment they com-endeared had letters announcing the end of the war and $20,000. Because there was no one to return the money to they decided to split it four ways. While two of the lower ranked soldiers were counting the money they decided it would be better to take it for themselves, well Buck and Chester ended up on the better side of that deal. Confederates stuck in the North had a very hard time making it back to their homes in the South because there were many that still had vendettas to satisfy.

They headed South from Virginia to Texas together and along the way they recognized that they had similar mind sets and specific skills that offset eachother. The trip was demanding and at times deadly but it helped them to learn to trust each other, develope a friendship and eventually become partners in the cattle business. They decided to purchase Longhorn cattle that at the time were pretty specific to Mexico but had an large untapped market in the US. It turned out to be very lucrative but dangerous. Adventures abound as these two rough and tumble, no nonsense characters go up against everything from Indians to cowboy desperadoes. A little romance, cherished family members and loyal employees round out this well told, Old Wild West story.

When the narration first started, Gene Engene's voice reminded me of the narrator of the old Walt Disney, documentary movies which made the live animals seem so funny. He does a great job with these tough characters. This would be an excellent series for anyone who loves old western TV series. Not my genre but I liked these characters very much and it was a great Daily Deal.

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  • Lorraine
  • Christies Beach, Australia
  • 07-05-14

I loved this series.

What did you love best about The Beginning?

This series had everything in it to be entertaining for both male and female readers,action,sadness,love and humour

What did you like best about this story?

I liked most of the books and the story and the romantic description of the surroundings

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

His voice made you feel part of the adventures

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

Yes when his best friend fixed and the return of his lost brother

Any additional comments?

An overall enjoyable series

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  • Michael
  • GILBERT, AZ, United States
  • 06-08-14

What a joy to listen to

Would you listen to The Beginning again? Why?

This book was like a breath of fresh air. I found the book to be both interesting and a joy to listen to. the reader is good and the story never seemed to drag. Yes I would listen to it again

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beginning?

The story never seemed to drag and there was always something new

What about Gene Engene’s performance did you like?

The voices of the different characters I found delightful and refreshing.ten

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

great listen

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Texas history after the Civil War

Would you consider the audio edition of The Beginning to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version. I suspect I would like some of it better because of the unusual male voices interpreted by the narrator. Buck, Chester and Chester's dad's voices were on target, but others were choppy with strange inflections.

What other book might you compare The Beginning to and why?

Hmmm, not sure.

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

Never heard him before. I enjoyed his story narration and main character Texas accents a lot. He did the female and Hispanic voices well also. But his attempt to make the other male characters distinctive was distracting.

If you could rename The Beginning, what would you call it?

Don't think I would rename it.

Any additional comments?

Actually, I was exhausted after completing the book. There were so many tragedies emergencies and danger that I was cautious about starting each new chapter. That being said, the story was interesting and fast paced. The history of the cattle industry after the Civil War was well researched and fascinating. I did enjoy it, but maybe not enough to continue the series.

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A Series Worth the Listening

'Hear' are some characters from the American west that you will find yourself rooting for. A little stilted and predictable. But I happen to prefer typical 'good guys' to 'darker' characters and novels.
If you are a fan of Louis L'Amour or John Wayne westerns I think it's safe to say you will enjoy this.
This is entertaining, if lighter, reading. Although the descriptions of death and/or violence might be a little more graphic that necessary - for my taste anyway.
I will likely continue with the series.