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The Beginning Audiobook

The Beginning: Longhorn Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Susan 04-07-14
    Susan 04-07-14
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    "A little hokey, like the authors name"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I felt like it was geared to a youth audience, I didn't get that when I bought the book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I didn't make it to the end, I tried, even got close, but didn't make it.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    It wasn't bad, just too juvenile for me. The narrator was pleasant.


    Do you think The Beginning needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not for me. Young people, and perhaps the elderly folks would go for it.


    Any additional comments?

    For me, this book was like tuning in to an old time TV western, entertaining for a while but too unsophisticated to keep your interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    marcia boulder, WY, United States 03-16-14
    marcia boulder, WY, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Love this book"
    If you could sum up The Beginning in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent great super


    What did you like best about this story?

    There was 3 different nationalities working together respect for each other love for each other good wins not a bunch of nasty sex. Wonderful book!!!!!


    What about Gene Engene’s performance did you like?

    Great voice!! Read with such realism.


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

    Pappy because he is tough but tamed El Torre instead of killing him. He saw the potential in the bull.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for a great holesum book .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dottie2u 03-03-14
    dottie2u 03-03-14
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    "Not so much"
    What disappointed you about The Beginning?

    The entire story was slow moving. Many of the comments the main character made were just cheesy. I found myself rolling my eyes over and over.


    Has The Beginning turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I have read/listened to others of this genre and really enjoyed them. I love westerns, but this one just did not do it for me.


    What three words best describe Gene Engene’s performance?

    The narrator was ok, not great, not bad.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Beginning?

    Most of the book seemed to be lacking a punch. I kept waiting for something big to happen, it didn't. I listened to the entire book and was not impressed.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not a bad story, it just needed something more. The author's descriptions were good I could picture what he was describing, but the story just fell flat and predictable. I felt like the publisher must have "pushed" the author to complete by a date instead of giving the author the time needed to make it great. Disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 02-25-14
    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 02-25-14

    Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.

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    "Not too bad."
    What did you like best about The Beginning? What did you like least?

    The way the two partners got their capitol to start a ranch.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Very interesting.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Gene Engene’s performances?

    No thank you!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    charles o. peed winston salem, NC United States 02-20-14
    charles o. peed winston salem, NC United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2015
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    "western cliches abound"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, but with a warning. I knew he was a gunslinger, 'cause he wore his rig low, and he had nervous, squinty eyes. You could load that Sharps in the morning and shoot all day. She was the storekeeper's daughter. Get the Point?


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    For a book that's over the top, you need a performance that's over the top, Right, stranger?


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    They must have already made 50 of these, and I went to see all of them. Don't make 'em like this any more though, do they, Pard?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    swan-driver Columbus,MS 07-12-13
    swan-driver Columbus,MS 07-12-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "A really great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story in the complete series would make a great movie. IT was very well written and narrated in such a way that it puts you there with the characters in the books.
    Many thanks to Dusty Rhodes for his great work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The many twist and turns of the stories about life in the south plains of Texas


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

    Nope, but he did a fine job here


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

    Hate to admit it but, yes


    Any additional comments?

    Hope that he has other books like this series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Noelene Australia 06-19-13
    Noelene Australia 06-19-13
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    "Best Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this series to friend - anyone!


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

    The whole first book was memorable, I could not put it down. The strength of character of the men is lost in men of today.


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

    Gene Engene brings to life the voices of each person and has the correct strength of voice for the strongest characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did not want to put this whole series down. Each book was great in its own right.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first in cowboy reads but it certainly won't be my last. Great job from Author and Narrator.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 06-04-13
    Anne 06-04-13
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    "Simplistic, Predictable, Improbable."

    Pros: The story moved along at a good pace. The threads were fairly easy to follow.

    Cons:
    1. The narrator had a fairly narrow range of voices... as long as the characters were male. His female voices were not well done. His 5 male voices were able to be rendered in both a southern and a Spanish accent, so that helped.
    2. There was no "plot" to speak of. Clearly this is going to be a "saga." And that's fine; I like sagas, but not this one because...
    3. The story begins with $20,000 falling into the lap of Buck and Chet, which not only gives them an excellent opportunity to successfully kill a lot of people to protect the money (that doesn't belong to them) but also to spend lavishly to start their cattle ranch.
    4. They are so insanely successful, that it almost becomes laughable. There are cattle ranchers in Mexico that will sell cattle to him for $3 a head, delivered, knowing he's going to sell them in Missouri for $20. But instead he gets $40 because the demand is so high! Then they plan to begin flooding the market with cattle and instead of any worries about driving down the price, it keeps rising.
    5. There is absolutely no problem with finding top-notch, loyal, skilled and willing workers as the ranch operations explode in size from 2 to hundreds in a year.
    6. The ranch does get a few challenges thrown their way, but mostly the loyal partners and their loyal cowboys and loyal girlfriends just keep getting money thrown at them.
    7. Buck and Chet, in this first book, are putting all this money into LEASED ranch land with only a 5-year lease. Can anyone predict where that is going?
    8. When something bad happens, which usually forces them to kill a bunch of people, the boys think about it for a little while and then move on.

    In other words, this is a predictable, unchallenging, simplistic, unbelievable story that borders on juvenile.

    These hard-bitten survivors of the Confederate army, Texas cowboys don't even say "Damn!"

    I'm not buying book two. I'm somewhat sorry I bought book one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ron mars, Pa 01-05-12
    ron mars, Pa 01-05-12 Member Since 2017

    I own auto restoration business, do custom painting. and Im an Audible-aholic. Im getting rite educated two.

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    "great story"

    Dusty Rhodes does it again in this great western. and Gene Engene is without a doubt the best narrator doing a western that has ever read a book. outstanding.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin United States 11-03-11
    Kristin United States 11-03-11

    America the beautiful

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    "Excellent Story"

    Gene Engene performance's in this story was excellent. So many characters but easy to keep up. The story was good too, and I am normally not a western reader. You will enjoy the series.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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