The Buckskin Line

Narrated by: George Guidall
Series: Texas Rangers, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (204 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Buckskin Line tells of Texas' chaotic early years, when a ragtag group of irregular volunteers fought to defend the far edges of settlement from incursion by Indians and frontier outlaws. In time, they would become known as the Texas Rangers.

This is a story of the early days when... 

An intense, red-haired young man named Rusty Shannon rides into Fort Belknap on the Brazos River and joins the Texas Rangers. Years before, Mike Shannon rescued Rusty from a Comanche war party and became his adoptive father. Not long ago, Mike Shannon was bushwhacked and killed, and his death still haunts Rusty. Rusty thinks he knows the identity of Mike's killers. But with Texas now in the throes of seceding from the Union, Rusty has his hands full fighting for the law in lawless Texas and for the life of the woman he loves. If that were not enough of a burden, Rusty is also heading for a showdown with the Comanche warrior who killed his family over 20 years ago.

©1999 Elmer Kelton (P)2019 Recorded Books

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lonesome dove style

The book is a very lonesome dove style of the Texas Rangers , It is well narrated as all of George's books are. You can imagine the life of the early Rangers and Frontier .

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Realistic West! A new favorite author!

The characters aren't over the top or cliche; I got a sense of really living in 1861. It feels like the author really knows horses and cattle. So I looked up Elmor Kelton, and he was born and raised on ranches in West Texas. Kelton has a star at the Ft. Worth stockyards (think Hollywood sidewalk star but for contributing to Texas culture). Some of his books are award winners, and this one isn't even one of them, even though this book was thoroughly entertaining! The story even offered insight that I had never or seldom considered about the situation of that era concerning Indians and the Civil War.

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Good Story. Disappointing narration.

I think this was going to be a good story. Unfortunately I'll never know as I couldn't get through the first few chapters because of the poor narration. Odd accent, short, staccato delivery.

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Elmer Kelton does not disappoint

His words bring to light the conflicts and emotions of that time in Texas history. Wonderful read.

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slow story -

could not get into the story - not much of a story to tell - boring all the way thru

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not bad

A good listen. Not many surprises. Great narrator. He is super. Not a Walt Longmire.

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This book is an "okay" read.

The book maintained my interest but in my opinion, there was not much of an ending which I felt was lacking. The plot was a little bit cookie cutter and manufactured and the ending was anticlimactic. Over all the book is worth a read and return.

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OK story, poor performance

The story is interesting enough, but the voice actor is very hard to understand. Perhaps he is "in character", but his slurred speech and sloppy pronunciation makes listening hard work.