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This Calder Range

Calder Saga, Book 1
Narrated by: Mil Nicholson
Series: Calder Saga, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (74 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Chase Benteen Calder was bound to wrest a fortune from Montana land, where the whisper of riches swept across a sea of buffalo grass. With Lorna at his side, a woman who took the tough ways of the land as her destiny, he would breathe life into his dream. Through the treacherous Texas prairie, the perils of Indian country, and a bustling Dodge City, they forged their way to Montana. With Calder strength, they would harvest their fortune from the rich earth, on the sprawling plains of This Calder Range.

©1982 Janet Dailey (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Excellent story. Narration was a bit off putting.

Ms. Dailey knows her ranching. The narrator doesn't and I'm quite sure she isn't from anywhere close to Texas. She sounds like maybe Ireland or Scotland(?). Having previously read much of the Calder series I knew the story was worth hanging in there. Having not known that I'm not sure I could have.

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Wonderful! Loved it!

I have the book, read it many times & now listening to has given a wonderful new experience to the story.

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passing time<br />

I have read these books by Janet Dailey, now listen to them, great for passing time as I am a truck driver

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  • Lisa M
  • West Virginia, USA
  • 11-17-17

Entertaining

I would highly recommend this book, it was very entertaining and I’m looking forward to listening to the other books in this series

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Calder Ranch is awesome.

Read in the order in which they were written of this awesome series. Really love Janet Daly's way of presenting this family as it grows along with the ranch.

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Okay story

Mostly enjoyable ..the narrator was very good. Moved a bit too slow for me but, worth the credit used.

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  • Nicole
  • SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States
  • 12-30-16

The voice doesn't match

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. However the readers British accent takes you out of time and place. Also her Mexican sounded Irish or Scottish.

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Not worth using the credit

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Story could be good but can't get into it due to the AWFUL narration. Will have to try reading it instead. Never get a book with this narrator--no emotion or inflection in the reading. Just word after word.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

No inflection or emotion--VERY dry.

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  • Ronald
  • Prattville, AL, United States
  • 05-24-15

Wish I could give more than 5*******

Best book I've ever read/ and or listened too.

I loved the way it showed that absolute bad and then turned it 180 and showed the good. I've been looking for another series that I could absolutely get into for over a year now. Excited I found this one.

Great read!!!

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Good, if you are looking for a historical romance

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoyed the story, although know going in that it was written when not too much attention was given to diversity or other perspectives. You won't find balanced views about all the players in the westward movement, especially Native Americans.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I felt like one chapter was closing and another beginning.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator has a pleasant voice but was wrong for most of the roles. The charater Spanish, particularly, was made to sound like an East Indian, instead of like a man from Mexico. The Texans sounded like Bostonians.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably not, unless it was updated to include other perspectives.