Six Bits a Day

Narrated by: George Guidall
Series: Hewey Calloway, Book 0
Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
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Seven-time Spur Award winner Elmer Kelton sets this "completely absorbing" prequel to his award-winning classics The Good Old Boys and The Smiling Country in 1889 Texas. Hewey Calloway and his kid brother Walter head for West Texas - hoping to live their cowboy dream. But when Walter's crush on a gal threatens the dream, Hewey plots to get Walter back in the saddle again.
©2005 Elmer Kelton (P)2008 Recorded Books,LLC

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"... related in a drawl that's sweet as pure honey." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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A very fun story.

This was a very fun story. Had a lot of truth in the way of a cowboy in the old West.

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Enjoyable story

Kelton always keeps me interested and this book was no exception. I like the way he develops his characters. I inevitably feel like I am riding along with his cowboys. Guidall is a great narrator and I enjoy his characters' voices.

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Just Plain Fun

That's what this is: just plain fun. A faced-paced adventure told with a light touch that carries a constant undercurrent of humor, this story is a joy to listen to. You won't want it to end. Luckily it doesn't end. Not here, at least. This novel is the first installment of a three-book series that follows the story of Hewey Calloway over three decades. “The Good Old Boys” is the second book of the trilogy, “The Smiling Country” the third. (By the way, Audible gets this order wrong, listing the last two titles in reverse order. Don’t believe them.) Each book is better than the one before: it’s a real pleasure to watch Hewey grow over time even as he actively resists the process, determined to stay the foot-loose, irresponsible free-spirit he was in his youth. Throughout it all he remains one of the most enjoyable characters I have encountered in some time.
The narrator for all three books is the masterful George Guidall. Just the fact that he’s on board is a recommendation in itself. Treat yourself.

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great story

I totally enjoyed each book in this series. I just wish they were longer. Elmer Kelton is a very talented writer and George Guidall bring the stores alive.

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Good listen

I love Elmer Kelton's writing about the area in which I grew up, and George Guidall is the perfect reader!

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I liked Smiling Country better.

It would have been better without the cursing. I liked Smiling country and Hewey Holloway character in that book.