• The Long Trail

  • McCabes Series, Book 1
  • By: Brad Dennison
  • Narrated by: J. Rodney Turner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (131 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

First in the best-selling series the McCabes.

The story of a family building a ranch in the rugged wilderness of post-Civil War Montana, and of a young man seeking his family and his destiny. If you liked the movie Open Range or the TV shows Big Valley and Lancer, or the novels of Louis L'Amour and Ralph Compton, then this might be for you.

©2013 Bradley A. Dennison (P)2021 Tantor

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Bam!! A friend recommended! I’m glad!

Great story. Love how the story all came together. 5 stars. Ps: J Rodney Turner. Is a great narrator

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Good story

The story was very touching. J Rodney Turner is a very good narrator. He makes the story come alive.

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Good Story, Whisper Narration

This was basically a good western story. It provided enough action to keep interest and had a number of good characters to go around, as well as bad guys. My greatest disappointment was the narration. He whispered his way the entire book. With any noise outside my car it became difficult to understand what he was saying. This whispering got really tedious and it distracted from the book.

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Authentic Storyteller

I thoroughly enjoyed reading each book in Brad Dennison’s series about the McCabe family. When I ran across the first in the series available in audiobook format, I wondered if it would be as engaging. I was pleasantly surprised, and found J. Rodney Turner’s reading to be one of the best “western” voices I’ve listened to, to date.
Easily recommended!
I’m hopeful he is the “narrator” for the complete series!!

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Good but not great

it was a good story overall. However at times the story rambled on and seemed to repeat itself. There was a lot of monotonous dialogue at times. While the narrator had a great voice, it was too quiet for somebody slightly hard of hearing. Even with the volume all the way up I would miss words and phrases at times. Like I said though it was a classic Western story with a good ending.

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Good Story But…

The overall storyline and performance we good but it seams like this could’ve been done in about 25% less time.

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Enjoyable but huge errors in narration

Although I ultimately enjoyed this story, there is one huge distraction that I couldn’t get beyond. The narrator is obviously talented with a great voice for this genre. However, whether the fault of the narrator or the producer, the mispronunciation of a key word nearly ruined the experience. It’s egregious and pervasive enough of an error to warrant, in my opinion, a re-edit of the relevant sections. I’ll never understand why pronunciations are not verified along the way in these audiobooks. The name of the Indian tribe Shoshone is not SHOW-shown; it should be correctly pronounced show-SHOW- nee. This is an enjoyable ride of a novel and I’ll likely delve into book two. But will have to set aside my disappointment in the lack of attention to critical elements.

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Loved the book and story!

If you liked the Bonanza series, and other western TV shows, you will most likely love this book. Not as much gore as in other western series, much more interesting - full of drama but plenty of knuckle brawling, as well as knife and gun fights. But it was, to me, more about relationships in the old west. Such a pleasure to hear, and more so with J. Rodney Turner narrating.

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Great story. Really enjoyed the the narrator. Looking forward to continuing the series. Thanks to a great adventure!

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another good one

the books are awesome made better by the narrator, J. Rodney Turner. Turner kind of ruined all the other narrators in this genre.