Painted Horses

  • by Malcolm Brooks
  • Narrated by Julia Whelan
  • 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the mid-1950s, America was flush with prosperity and saw an unbroken line of progress clear to the horizon, while the West was still very much wild. In this ambitious, incandescent debut, Malcolm Brooks animates that time and untamed landscape in a tale of the modern and the ancient, of love and fate, and of heritage threatened by progress.
Catherine Lemay is a young archaeologist on her way to Montana with a huge task before her - a canyon "as deep as the devil's own appetites." Working ahead of a major dam project, she has one summer to prove that nothing of historical value will be lost in the flood. From the moment she arrives, nothing is familiar - the vastness of the canyon itself mocks the contained, artifact-rich digs in post-Blitz London where she cut her teeth. And then there's John H, a former mustanger and veteran of the US Army's last mounted cavalry campaign, living a fugitive life in the canyon. John H inspires Catherine to see beauty in the stark landscape, and her heart opens to more than just the vanished past.
Painted Horses sends a dauntless young woman on a heroic quest, sings a love song to the horseman's vanishing way of life, and reminds us that love and ambition, tradition and the future, often make strange bedfellows. It establishes Malcolm Brooks as an extraordinary new talent.


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Would you listen to Painted Horses again? Why?

This story sweeps across continents and time, with characters that are crisp, flawed and engaging. I loved every minute of it

What other book might you compare Painted Horses to and why?

Think Lonesome Dove, with a true love story at the centre of things.

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- janine

Beautifully written

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It's a modern day western. While I don't usually read westerns, this book came highly recommended by the Arizona Republic. I liked the story line of city girl vs. cowboy.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Catherine! She's smart, educated, driven and stubborn. .

What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

She did a good job of capturing the feel of the cowboys-this is an interesting talent for a woman to read a male cowboy's voice :-)

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I loved John H.

Any additional comments?

I must admit that I didn't like the ending. I won't spoil it for anyone because I really enjoyed the book-just not the ending.

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- Michal

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-05-2014
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.