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  • 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!"
  • 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 Smiling Country | Elmer Kelton

    The Smiling Country

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    The Smiling Country, filled with pathos and humor, is set in the last days of the Old West. Hewey Calloway may be pushing 45, but he can still rope and outride most things on four legs. Refusing promotions, he prefers to remain a simple ranch hand. But as he rides the West Texas plains, automobiles are beginning to dot the landscape....

    Gene says: "Another fine Elmer Kelton"
  • 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!"
  • 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.

    Gregory A. Newkirk says: "Hard and Beautiful"
  • 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"
  • Texas Vendetta | Elmer Kelton

    Texas Vendetta

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
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    Winner of a record seven Spur Awards, Elmer Kelton pens fast-paced stories with well-developed characters and unbeatable excitement. In the midst of a long-standing family feud, three Rangers must fight to keep order in the tenuous state of post-Civil War Texas.

  • The Best of Texas Folklore: Volumes 1 & 2 | Elmer Kelton,James Ward Lee,Joyce Gibson Roach

    The Best of Texas Folklore: Volumes 1 & 2

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton, James Ward Lee, Joyce Gibson Roach
    • Narrated By Elmer Kelton, James Ward Lee
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    Recorded for the first time ever in the history of this 90-year-old organization, here are 10 of the funny, inspirational papers that were spoken at the annual meeting of the Texas Folklore Society. Hear members of this legendary organization "talk fancy" about Texas peddlers, funeral homes, possums, babies, grandparents, cow chips, crazy women in the rafters, dogwood hoops, windmills that "steal air," early radio DJs, and...talking fancy!

  • Badger Boy  | Elmer Kelton

    Badger Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
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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..."
  • Barbed Wire | Elmer Kelton

    Barbed Wire

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By Ken Marks
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    When a ruthless cattle baron and his men destroy Doug Monahan's property, his old friend and mentor is gunned down. Pistol whipped and now flat broke, Monahan finds refuge on the sprawling homestead of Noah Wheeler and his virtuous daughter. But Monahan refuses to quit.

  • 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.

    Charles Atkinson says: "A Fun Western Read"
  • 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
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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!"
  • 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"
  • Sons of Texas, Book 1 | Elmer Kelton

    Sons of Texas, Book 1

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
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    In 1816, Mordecai Lewis, a veteran of Andrew Jackson's Indian campaigns and battles against the British, moves his family into the western Tennessee canebrakes. But Mordecai, a born wanderer, is not satisfied with farming, and with his sons Michael and Andrew and some other backwoodsmen, he leads a foray into Spanish-held Texas to hunt wild horses and bring the mustang herd to sell in Tennessee. Crossing the Sabine River, Mordecai's party encounters a Spanish patrol determined to repel all American invaders.

    Gary says: "A GREAT WESTERN READ!!"
  • 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"
  • Joe Pepper | Elmer Kelton

    Joe Pepper

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
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    Joe Pepper is a Texas badman with quite a past. In fact, there isn't much that Joe hasn't done in his 40 years of living on both sides of the Texas law - except face the hangman. Now, convicted of murder, Joe is about to get that privilege. But, before he goes, Joe has a few things he wants to say - and a few stories that he wants to set straight. With Joe Pepper, legendary western writer Elmer Kelton tells a fine and moving tale of the history of his home state of Texas.

  • 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"
  • Bitter Trail | Elmer Kelton

    Bitter Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
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    In Bitter Trail, Kelton tells the story of a tough teamster named Frio Wheeler whose wagons haul cotton from Texas to Mexico. Sounds like a peaceable enterprise?The problem is that the Civil War is raging throughout the South and Wheeler's cotton is to be sold for gold - gold used to buy guns and ammunition for the Confederate army.

  • 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.

  • Hot Iron | Elmer Kelton

    Hot Iron

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By Graham Winton
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    In the early days of the Texas panhandle, starting a new life is hard - but keeping it is even harder. Espy Norwood is a troubleshooter who's got troubles of his own, and more troubles find him when he lands a job on a ranch on the Texas plains. Bitter landowners plot against him, determined cattle thieves sneak right under his nose, and his own son refuses to trust or even know him. Can he catch the thieves, save the ranch, and win his son's love?

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