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Book Lust Rediscoveries is a series devoted to reprinting some of the best (and now out of print) novels originally published from 1960 to 2000. Each book is personally selected by NPR commentator and Book Lust author Nancy Pearl and includes an introduction by her, as well as discussion questions for book groups and a list of recommended further reading.
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By Jim "The Impatient" on 10-04-16
NOSTROVIA OR NA ZDOROVIE
WHEN THERE'S ONLY ONE DECISION, THAT DECISION IS ALWAYS RIGHT
This is a great story and a great western. American Cowboys (WE SPEAK AMERICAN, THEY CALL IT ENGLISH) take a boat with over 500 cattle to Siberia. The action starts right from the beginning when they have to drive the cattle into the cold ocean and swim them to shore. A group of Cossacks, meet them to escort them several hundred miles inland. The Americans are led by a rough and tough leader, who is used to getting his way. The Russians are led by a rough and tough leader, who is used to getting his way. These two don't agree on anything and you can cut the tension with a knife. Along the way they have to fight Tatars, Russian troops, wolves, tigers and Imperial Cossacks.
LEVI: I WAS NAMED AFTER A PAIR OF PANTS
Levi is the main character who idolizes his boss, but he starts to idolize the Russian leader, which leads to problems since the two don't get along. Levi is writing in his old age about his adventures. The story is exciting, beautiful and different.
SOMETIMES YOUR HEART CAN GET SOME PLACE BEFORE THE REST OF YOU CAN.
In the story the Russian explains chess, the best way I have ever heard. He also tells a story about swans. If you are not teary eyed over the swan story, than your hollow. Did you know Siberian Tigers can get over 1,000 pounds?
THAT'S WHAT WERE TELLING YOU NOW
Phil does a great job. Lots of characters and they are all distinct and seem so real.
26 of 34 people found this review helpful
By Marie on 10-16-14
A timeless classic
Would you listen to The Cowboy and the Cossack again? Why?
Yes! I rarely read or listen to something twice, but this story is worth a second listen. I first read the book when I was about 12 years old and I loved it then. When I saw it on Audible I decided to listen to it. I expected to be disappointed as usually old books and movies do not stand the test of time (or the change in age of the reader.) But this one did, I loved it as much or more than the first reading 40+ years later!
What other book might you compare The Cowboy and the Cossack to and why?
Any great coming of age or western. It is actually my favorite of both.
Have you listened to any of Phil Gigante’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No, I have not, but I thoroughly enjoyed listening to him and would gladly do so again.
7 of 10 people found this review helpful