The Day the Cowboys Quit

Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (158 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Honored by the Western Writers of America (WWA) as one of history's 25 Best Westerns, and based on an actual 1883 Texas cowboys' strike, this Golden Spur Award-winning novel tells the gripping saga of veteran cowboys and upstart cattle lords vying for power and vainly resisting change.

Recipient of Golden Saddleman, Lone Star Lifetime Achievement, and Western Heritage awards, Elmer Kelton is WWA's "Greatest Western Writer of All Time".

©1999 Elmer Kelton (P)2008 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"Kelton...expands on his reputation with a thoughtful, realistic portrayal of the West, in which carefully drawn characters - not gunplay - drive the action. If there's an heir to the Louis L'Amour legacy, it's Kelton." ( Booklist)

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Louis Lamour look out!

I grew up reading everything Louis Lamour wrote. Elmer Kelton writes as good a story made more real by localizing the people. Not just a stranger in a new place, but people trying to live together and build a community. I wish I could write well enough to make myself clear...

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Exceeded my Expectations...

Powerful Story...Mr. Kelton does an amazing job of character building. One of those stories that you hate to see come to an end.

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Elmer Kelton, enough said.

Elmer Kelton. Enough said? Although I do miss the George Guidall narration. It still was a lovely performance.
Another great one from Kelton. In my humble opinion, I feel like most of his reads make you think. Weigh your options of what you would have done in this situation, what side you would have been on, which character you would have been most like and so on. I found myself feeling uncomfortable throughout the novel, not because of the writing, but because the story and characters were painted so vividly, I felt as if I were in the scene having to choose.

I will always recommend Kelton books. They are enjoyable, intelligent and thorough.

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Very enjoyable listen

This was a very personable book where I could relate to many of the different characters. I know it is a good book when I get emotionally involved in the characters. I could feel the conflict of the main characters, who were not super-human but rather average people. Really enjoyed this listen.

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Good book!

Enjoyed this book! Good story line characters were made real in my mind. Love a good western.

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Not just cowboys, but ideas, morals and issues.

The story parallels today's world....picture Trump as the rich rancher....and guilty as hell. Sort of...

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