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Publisher's Summary

In the 1870s, buffalo hunters moved onto the High Plains of Texas. The Plains Indians watched hunters slaughter the animals that gave them shelter and clothing, food, and weapons. The battles at and near the ruins of a trading fort, Adobe Walls, became symbolic of the struggles between hunters and the Comanche.

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Kelton and western novels

I was listening to another "cowboy" writer and quit about 1/4 way through. Improbable, impossible suspension of disbelief read more like a dime paperback with a superman protagonist. Kelton is heads and shoulders above his contemporary writers with well drawn characters, "believable" plots and enough history and cowboy details to add credence to the story. Most westerners are formulastic which we expect because they make for a good yarn and a nice "soap opera" listen. Kelton just does it better. Teamed with the incomparable George Guidall and you're transported to the west Texas plains, buffalo hunts, indian raids, gun fights, barroom brawls, good guys and bad guys and Romeo and Juliet for a touch of romance and unrequited love until the last page. Oh, and they have to drink a lot of coffee along the way.

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What a great story

I really enjoyed this book. Very well read and great detail. I wish it would have been longet.

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Great Story!

This story tells two different perspectives. It makes quite interesting reading for those intetested in the settling of the old west. Love the narrator! George Guidell makes the story come to life!!!

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Enjoyable read

IMHO this was a very good book. But then, I always enjoy books narrated by George Guidall!

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THE Best Western wtiter and Narrator!

Elmer kelton and George Guidall are a rare combo in audio book adventures.
Buy it for a realistic, clean, gritty story.
Kelton weaves a yarn like few other authors.
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Masterpiece.....

Elmer Kelton is truly a master story teller. his ability to create living characters in narrative is amazing. I enjoyed this story more than I can describe. The narrator is outstanding as always

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GREAT BOOK!

An EXCELLENT book by an EXCELLENT author and an narrator! Well worth listening to! ? Mr. Guidall ia one of my favorite narrators.

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Better than expected

This was a great story. A true western . George Guidall's performance outstanding as always

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Elmer Does It Again

Slaughter was an amazing story. Elmer Kelton takes characters and gives them breath. You get the viewpoint from different cultures and are rooting for just about every character in their triumphs, tragedies, happiness and sadness. Kelton breaks the mold of the "good guy vs bad guy" traditional western and instead gives the reader characters that we cannot help but care for. There is no doubt that Elmer Kelton is the best Western Author of all time.

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What a treat!

I love old Western books and this one doesn't disappoint. Really gives you a feel for how the Buffalo hunting range was, and how the cowboys and Indians dealt with one another. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy Westerns. George Guidall narrating is as good as it gets. You won't be disappointed with listening to this audiobook. Great story and continues into the second book Far Canyon. Enjoy

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