When the Lazy B Ranch is sold as a victim of the computer age, it seems that J.L. Crockett's way of life as a cowboy in the United States is finished. So he decides to pack up and move to Argentina, where ranches are still run by human beings.
As J.L. begins a cross-country journey to Miami so he can board the ship to South America, he meets Karina, another soul chasing after an elusive dream. The two join together in a wild and crazy trip where they encounter evangelists, con artists, thieves, ghosts, and drug lords as they bond together over hardship along the way.
Will J.L., with Karina, make it to his next destination or will he really be The Last Cowboy?
This was an odd book.I liked most of it.Written with halting words and sentences,it sometimes seemed like a teen book.Richard L Walton has a nice voice for narration.Some of his character voices were off though. A woman is rescued by a Cowboy when her car burns up.She isn't sure if she should trust him.They go on a really weird roadtrip trying to get to their destinations.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
This tale starts off in Florida in 2017 but the bulk of the tale is set in 2007 as the main character, J. L., reminisces meeting his current wife. J.L. of 2007 has just been laid off from a Montana ranch but he has a fall back plan which is to go to Argentina and work as a vaquero there. Along the drive to catch the boat to his new life, he meets Karina, who is also making a journey cross country heading to Florida.
While the set up was there for this to be the romantic comedy it claims to be, it fell flat in many ways. The story felt very dated, Karina’s main purpose in the tale was to be the romantic interest, some of the situations just didn’t ring true, and there just wasn’t much humor at all. I’ve listened to several stories by this author and some of them have been top notch. Alas, this is not one of them.
To be up front, contemporary romance isn’t my cup of tea. With that said, I found the little bit of romance we have in this book to be rather stiff and not titillating at all. In fact, when we get near the end of the story (and we know from the beginning that marriage happens), the whole marriage thing felt more like a business arrangement between two people who have a bit of fondness for one another instead of a great sweeping romance. Now, if that was the plot point, I’d be fine with it. But since this is labeled a romance, I want there to be real romance & heat between these characters.
The book is set in 2007 but it really felt more like 1967. I believe J.L. is in his late 20s in 2007 so I expected some modern ways of thinking. He insists on opening doors for the ladies (which isn’t all bad but when added with all the other dated things, it leaves this impression of a cowboy out of time). There’s some arguments about Custer’s last stand and an old Indian show that J. L. catches. Then that restaurant scene where J. L. was the only one to know the Heimlich maneuver. Then that scene where he splashes a little gas on the vehicle carburetor to get it started and the whole car catches on fire and no one has a fire extinguisher or a fire retardant tarp or even thinks to slam the hood down to smoother the flames. I could go on, but I won’t. All together, this didn’t feel like it was set in 2007.
Karina was a problem for me. For much of the story, she could be any woman. She does get a little background here and there but her lines are pretty standard and she makes few (any?) of the plot-relevant decisions in the story. The first night she and J. L. are traveling together, he offers to sleep in the truck and get her a hotel room. But she counters by insisting they just put up a sheet between the beds. The next day, she confesses that she’s always been afraid of men and that she doesn’t know why (so why were you OK sharing a room with a strange man?). Yet she then launches into her upbringing with a father who beat her mother regularly. J. L. then mansplains the psychology of how she’s afraid of men because her father was an abusive spouse. She then has an epiphany in which all that becomes clear to her. Sigh… Really? Later in the story, she faints and has to be carried. Further on, she says nothing would make her happier than to have his babies. Then even later, she wants a daughter so she can teach her how to be a lady, because gender roles…. in 2017…. sigh. Karina was not a worthy character.
During the 2007 trip, these two get into several situations that could have been funny but they are told so seriously that I didn’t find any comedy in them. Indeed, the main characters rarely laugh at their predicament either. There’s not even any slap stick humor. All told, this wasn’t the story I was expecting. 3/5 stars.
The Narration: Richard L. Walton has a very good cowboy voice. I liked his deep voice for J. L. While he gets a B for effort on attempting distinct character voices, he didn’t usually achieve clear, distinct character voices. Sometimes he used a lighter voice for the ladies, but not always and he pretty much only had the 1 female character voice. For the male characters, he relied on attitude and emotions rather than actual different voices, with the exception of doing a deeper voice for a very minor character mentioned by Karina as she went over a memory. His pacing was good. I did notice some background noise (rustling paper?) once or twice. I liked how he handled J. L.’s rudimentary Spanish while being pretty smooth with Karina’s native Spanish. 3/5 stars.
I received a free copy of this book.
This book is John Isaac Jones first full length endeavor, as I understand it. This is a book that is not necessarily a comedy of errors, but everything that could go wrong to this goodhearted cowboy DOES. JL needs to find his way to another ranch after being ousted by technology. Along the way, his moral compass steers him into situations after situation in which he must fix something to move on. One of the first situations introduces him to Karina – who becomes his sidekick.
Richard L Walton has a rich and deep voice that is perfect for our hero – JL.
This listener found the book enjoyable although I have found that John Isaac Jones' short stories a bit more.
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J.L. Crocket decides to emigrate to Argentina when the ranch where he worked substitutes human cowboys for technology and engineers. In his trip he meets Karina, an independent woman that will change his life.
I don’t usually read romances, but I took the plunge with this one just to read something different. I found the story entertaining and it engaged me until the end.
First of all I want to mention that the first part of the book left me a bit confused. Jones switches several times between first and third person, something unusual and that can lead to confusion. I would have avoided this, and kept first or third person consistent throughout the book. There were some sentences that made me cringe, like ‘In the distance they could see a train disappearing in the distance’. I think the book would have benefited from an editor.
J.L. is a cowboy who believes in karma, something poetic and beautiful, that I won’t discuss here. That’s fine. What bothered me and made me roll my eyes several times is how good and perfect J.L. was almost at all times (I found his littering habit simply rude and disgusting). His attitude and the fact that in a restaurant full of people, he is the only one who knows about the Heimlich maneuver is just ludicrous.
The romance and conversations seemed forced to me, but that could be because I am not really into romance books, and I am used to a different kind of content.
I was a bit annoyed a affirmations about gender differences and how girls and boys need to be educated differently, mentioning that a girl needs to be educated to be a lady. Due to this kind of things, sometimes I forgot I was reading a book set in our time, and thought it was a novel set in the 50’s.
The narration was okay, but Richard L. Walton is not very good with voices. All the characters sounded the same, male and female. I am curious about why this narrator was selected, since he sounds like an old man, and J.L. is in his thirties for the most part of the book. I don’t think this was a good match. About the audio production, there is some background noise around 3:05:04 that I found distracting.
I would recommend this book to conservative people that are into romance.
I received a copy of this book in audio format from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed this well-written rom-com. It was quick and nicely paced with interesting characters. Well written and fantastic narration!
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it.
The Last Cowboy by John Isaac Jones is a lighthearted romantic comedy. As J.L. states in the beginning, you won't believe the story of he and Karina, his wife, and how they first met. This was a cute story with a lot of unique happenings, which I've come to expect from Mr. Jones. I enjoyed their story, although nearer the middle/end it did seem to go on and on a bit and I did get somewhat bored, though it was still a fun story overall. I enjoyed the ghost, the plane ride and some of the other over the top aspects of the story that just made me laugh out loud. I won't go into detail, as I don't want to give away the story, although I will say that you do get your HEA at the end.
I thought Richard L Walton was perfect for the narration of this book. He sounds like a cowboy and though J.L. looks young on the cover, he is telling the story of how he and his wife met, so it's going back in time, therefore having an older sounding J.L. fits the book perfectly. I would recommend this book for someone wanting to listen to a cute, clean, unbelievable story of two people meeting and falling in love on a cross country adventure. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.
The story kept going. And going. And going.
The narrator seemed to be going for gruff and tough, but being from a backwoods area, everyone sounds that way. Even some of the women. He literally put me to sleep one time. Glad I wasn't driving, because I drive two hours a day and listen most of the time.
The beginning actually states that the story will be unbelievable, so reader be warned out the gate. Great. Now I'm talking like this guy.
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I wasn't very fond of this book. I just couldn't get into it. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
This was the longest work by John Isaac Jones that I have had the pleasure of listening to, and I was not disappointed. Mr. Jones has a definite way with words and it is so easy to get pulled into his stories.
In this story we take a cross country trip with JL, a cowboy who has lost his job, and livelihood, at the Lazy B Ranch due to technological advances.
The narration by Richard L Walton was fantastic. His voice was absolutely perfect for JL.
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I greatly enjoyed The Last Cowboy by John Isaac Jones. This was a fun rom-com from the author. I was most familiar with the authors work from his brilliant short stories. This audiobook was the perfect thing for a quiet afternoon when I need some laughs. The description of the story is pretty accurate and I do not want to spoil the story. If you enjoy any of the author short stories this is a must-have purchase. I highly recommend this audiobook.
This is the first time I have heard a performance from Mr. Walton but he really delivers a standout job with the narration in the audiobook. I would look forward to hearing more from him in the future.
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