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  • The Time It Never Rained | Elmer Kelton

    The Time It Never Rained

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    For decades, Charlie Flagg has eked out a living by raising cattle and sheep on his modest Texas ranch. Hardworking and old-fashioned, he distrusts federal programs that claim to help struggling farmers and ranchers. But as rainless years continue and others sell their souls for federal handouts, Charlie finds himself under increasing pressure to compromise his principles - and surrender his freedom.

    NEIL SCHMITT says: "One of best audio books I've ever read"
  • The Good Old Boys | Elmer Kelton

    The Good Old Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    Honored by seven Spur Awards and peer-selected as history's best Western writer, Elmer Kelton is the beloved author of a bevy of Texas tales, including his own revealing memoir Sandhills Boy.

    Dave says: "Kelton & Guidall - Great Team!"
  • Buffalo Wagons | Elmer Kelton

    Buffalo Wagons

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    By 1873, the great buffalo herds have been all but wiped out, and the hide hunters are looking for other work. So when Gage Jameson hears of one remaining herd, he sees a final opportunity to make a huge profit. But to find the buffalo, he will have to take his line of wagons deep into Comanche territory, where death lurks behind every rock.

  • The Day the Cowboys Quit | Elmer Kelton

    The Day the Cowboys Quit

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
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    Honored by the Western Writers of America 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.

    Steve says: "Louis Lamour look out!"
  • Badger Boy | Elmer Kelton

    Badger Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Elmer Kelton is hailed as the greatest Western author of all time by the Western Writers of America and has earned six Spur Awards during his impressive career. In Badger Boy, Kelton effortlessly sweeps listeners back to the post-Civil War Texas frontier, where ranger Rusty Shannon hopes to settle down as a respectable farmer. But trouble brews when Rusty captures Badger Boy, a white child raised by the Comanches who murdered his parents.

    Skaught says: "It takes a while to get to the Badger Boy story..."
  • Wagontongue | Elmer Kelton

    Wagontongue

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
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    As a slave, Isaac Jefford went to war and saved the life of his master, Major Lytton. As a free man, Isaac became one of the major's top cowhands, respected - but never totally accepted - by fellow cowboys: when they gathered around the fire to eat their dinner, Isaac took his food and sat on the wagontongue alone. When Pete Runyan, a bitter southerner, joins the crew, Isaac has to swallow his rage more than once.

  • Best of the West Expanded Edition, Vol. 1: Classic Stories from the American Frontier | Zane Grey,Will Henry,Elmer Kelton,Matt Braun,Loren Estleman,Gary McCarthy,Gary Morris,Ed Asner

    Best of the West Expanded Edition, Vol. 1: Classic Stories from the American Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Zane Grey, Will Henry, Elmer Kelton, and others
    • Narrated By Roseanne Cash, Crystal Gayle
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    America's richest legends come from the frontier - from the land where the events of a single moment might erase the lines between law and lawlessness, between safety and mortal danger, between heroes and villains. The carefully selected stories in this collection are vibrant proof that the great American West is a fertile ground to storytellers. Here's the most varied collection of short stories, by 17 highly acclaimed Western writers.

    Jason says: "Great Collection!"
  • Pumpkin Rollers | Elmer Kelton

    Pumpkin Rollers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    Six-time Spur Award winner Elmer Kelton was named the greatest Western author of all time by the Western Writers of America. In this novel, 18-year-old farmer Trey McLean aspires to be a cattle rancher. He leaves East Texas with four cows and heads west, but a corrupt sheriff quickly steals the animals. Helpless and confused, Trey finds trouble with a dangerous fugitive. But he also finds comfort and opportunity with a rancher’s lovely daughter.

  • Captain's Rangers | Elmer Kelton

    Captain's Rangers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By Kevin Orton
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    Thirty years after the Battle of San Jacinto, Texans and Mexicans are still spilling blood over control of the Nueces Strip. And Horse thieves and bushwhackers transform this hot, dry stretch between the Nueces and Rio Grande rivers into a lawless inferno. Despite long odds, Captain McNelly and his small band of Texas Rangers strive to bring lasting peace to this swirling vortex of murder and racial hatred.

  • Other Men's Horses | Elmer Kelton

    Other Men's Horses

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
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    In Other Men’s Horses, a young 1880s Texas Ranger must track down a fugitive who gunned down a notorious horse thief. Reaching the West Texas town where Donley Bannister was last spotted, Ranger Andy Pickard follows Bannister’s trail across treacherous, unforgiving terrain. But when outlaws ambush Pickard, Bannister risks his life to rescue his pursuer—instead of high-tailing it in the opposite direction—and provides life-saving medical care.

    Amazon Customer says: "No Focus"
  • Ranger's Trail | Elmer Kelton

    Ranger's Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
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    Ranger's Trail takes listeners back to 1874 for a rousing tale of the legendary Texas Rangers. The Rangers are reorganizing, and they badly want Rusty Shannon to re-enlist. But Rusty has plans for a quiet, married life. Then a terrible tragedy destroys his world, and sends him down the treacherous trail of revenge.

    Russell says: "Welll written and entertaining"
  • Texas Rifles | Elmer Kelton

    Texas Rifles

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    In 1861, men are enlisting in the Texas Mounted Rifles to keep the land free from Indian raids. There are larger conflicts, however. Texas has seceeded from the union while war brews between the North and the South. Sam Houston Cloud has just joined the Texas Rifles. But he is deeply disturbed by the suffering he sees on all sides: White and Indian, Texan and immigrant. Elmer Kelton has an amazing talent for sweeping away stereotypes and filling his novels with unique, unforgettable men and women who know the ways of the frontier. Audie Award-winning narrator George Guidall's performance is superb.

    Russell says: "Just What I Expect from Elmer Kelton"
  • Texas Standoff: A Novel of the Texas Rangers | Elmer Kelton

    Texas Standoff: A Novel of the Texas Rangers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Before he set down his pen, seven-time Spur Award winner Elmer Kelton—the Western Writers of America’s “Best Western Writer of All Time”—cut 50 notches on his gunbelt of classics. In this final novel of the Texas Rangers, a young lawman finds his mettle put to the test while bringing justice to a remote settlement. To stop a series of baffling killings and thefts, newly married ranger Andy Pickard is dispatched to a central Texas community where locals are quick to pin the crimes on two feuding cattlemen.

    Alfred says: "Great Listen!"
  • Many a River | Elmer Kelton

    Many a River

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
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    When Comanches slaughter his parents in 1855 West Texas, eight-year-old Jeff buries their scalped bodies—and the charred remains of his younger brother. Taken in by a homesteading family, Jeff ekes out an existence. But as he dons Confederate gray, he never dreams his brother is alive—or that he’s wearing Union blue.

    Richard says: "A story of the old west"
  • Hard Trail to Follow: Texas Rangers, Book 7 | Elmer Kelton

    Hard Trail to Follow: Texas Rangers, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
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    In Hard Trail to Follow, by seven-time Spur Award winner Elmer Kelton, young Texas Ranger Andy Pickard vows to track down the bank robber he thinks killed his friend and mentor. But as he traverses the rugged terrain, Andy's perplexed at the glowing reports of the felon's kindness and integrity.

    Francesca says: "A Western Masterpiece"
  • Manhunters | Elmer Kelton

    Manhunters

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
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    As he flees to the sanctuary of Mexico, Chacho Fernandez is unaware of the fuel he has added to the already simmering racial hatreds in and around the quiet town of Domingo, Texas. Through events set in motion by a misunderstanding, Chacho becomes a folk hero to his people and a dangerous fugitive to a group of zealous lawmen.

  • Six Bits a Day | Elmer Kelton

    Six Bits a Day

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    Seven-time Spur Award winner Elmer Kelton sets this "completely absorbing" prequel to his award-winning classics The Good Old Boys and The Smiling Country in 1889 Texas. Hewey Calloway and his kid brother Walter head for West Texas - hoping to live their cowboy dream. But when Walter's crush on a gal threatens the dream, Hewey plots to get Walter back in the saddle again.

    Russell says: "Enjoyable story"
  • Jericho's Road | Elmer Kelton

    Jericho's Road

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By Elmer Kelton
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    Jericho's Road follows the perilous trail of young Texas Ranger Andy Pickard, who has been assigned to control feuding ranchers on each side of the Mexico/Texas border. Caught in the middle of a potential bloodbath, Andy is determined to find a peaceful way to end the conflict.

    Ben says: "good read"
  • Sandhills Boy: The Winding Trail of a Texas Writer | Elmer Kelton

    Sandhills Boy: The Winding Trail of a Texas Writer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Voted by his peers as the best Western writer of all time and honored with a record seven Spur Awards, Elmer Kelton is the beloved author of such compelling tales as The Good Old Boys. A beautifully written and highly readable memoir, Sandhills Boy reveals the origins of a unique storytelling talent and Texas treasure.

    Jim says: "Shockingly boring"
  • Bowie's Mine | Elmer Kelton

    Bowie's Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By Paul Woodson
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    Daniel Provost is the son of a farmer. Living up to his father's high standards for the farm is very hard work, but his life is basically comfortable, and a loving woman is waiting to become his wife. When a well-traveled stranger bearing a story of Jim Bowie's legendary silver mine appears at the farm, Daniel might just throw away everything for the chance at adventure he thought had passed him by.

    Gene says: "Not the best narrator"
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