• The Beginning

  • Longhorn Series, Book 1
  • By: Dusty Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Gene Engene
  • Series: Longhorn, Book 1
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-01-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Books in Motion
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (463 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Buck Cordell is a giant of a man in a giant, untamed land called Texas. He builds a cattle ranch where ordinary men all say it can't be done a cattle empire that defies all odds, a family that changes the course of Texas history, and a legacy that outlives the Old West.
Round 'em up: listen to another novel in the Longhorn Series.
©2007 Dusty Rhodes (P)2007 Books In Motion
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 11-01-13

CLEAN AS A FRESH LICKED COW

SURE AS SNUFF MAKES SPIT this was a good book. I have not read many westerns, I usually need some zombies, sex or mad scientists to keep me entertained, but this was enjoyable from the first minute to the last minute.

It is kind of interesting that the book has most of the things I put other books down for. It is kind of hokey, money just seems to fall in their laps and there is a lot of shoot-em up scenes. There are no gray characters, they are either good or evil. As I have mentioned before some writers can connect to the readers and some can not. It took me three days of driving to listen to all of this. I looked forward to hearing it everyday, enjoyed it as the miles disappeared and was sorry it finished.

Buck is A MIGHTY CAUTIOUS FELLOW, and him and his partner Chester have a tendency to shoot first and ask questions later. When they fall in love they are putty in the girls hands. On their ranch they WORK FROM CAN SEE TO CAN'T SEE. It is a simple easy on the ears type book.

WHAT YOU GOING TO DO, TALK US TO DEATH
The narrator is excellent and his great performance made the book lots better then reading it.

YOU BOYS TOLD THEM HOW THE COW ATE THE CABBAGE

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5 out of 5 stars
By AudioAddict on 06-09-13

Don't like westerns...LOVED this book!

STORY - I only got this book because it was on sale and the ratings were high. Even though I don't usually like westerns, what the heck, right? What a pleasant surprise! The characters are strong and likeable, and I became totally immersed in their lives and dreams. Not only must they survive from day to day in a tough land during tough times, but they must face the challenges of starting a huge cattle ranch deep in the wilderness of Texas. Needless to say, there's a lot of action. Normally I would be totally bored by Indian ambushes and shootouts with bad guys, but not ths time. It is definitely a book for guys, but it doesn't dwell on fighting, blood, descriptions of guns, etc., that is boring to women. It also has a little romance for us girls, too!

The story line is simple, easy to follow, and simply wonderful. The ending is satisfying enough that you could consider this a standalone story, but there is a fairly large question left hanging which will probably leave you wanting to continue to the next book.

NARRATOR - The narrator has multiple "western" voices which change for lots of different characters. His performance makes a great story even better.

OVERALL - I think everyone will like this book. (No sex or cursing, so it's probably even okay for older kids).

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16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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