The Day the Cowboys Quit

  • by Elmer Kelton
  • Narrated by Pete Bradbury
  • 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Honored by the Western Writers of America (WWA) 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.Recipient of Golden Saddleman, Lone Star Lifetime Achievement, and Western Heritage awards, Elmer Kelton is WWA's "Greatest Western Writer of All Time".


What the Critics Say

"Kelton...expands on his reputation with a thoughtful, realistic portrayal of the West, in which carefully drawn characters - not gunplay - drive the action. If there's an heir to the Louis L'Amour legacy, it's Kelton." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Elmer Kelton, enough said.

Elmer Kelton. Enough said? Although I do miss the George Guidall narration. It still was a lovely performance.
Another great one from Kelton. In my humble opinion, I feel like most of his reads make you think. Weigh your options of what you would have done in this situation, what side you would have been on, which character you would have been most like and so on. I found myself feeling uncomfortable throughout the novel, not because of the writing, but because the story and characters were painted so vividly, I felt as if I were in the scene having to choose.

I will always recommend Kelton books. They are enjoyable, intelligent and thorough.
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- alyxsheerheart

Very enjoyable listen

This was a very personable book where I could relate to many of the different characters. I know it is a good book when I get emotionally involved in the characters. I could feel the conflict of the main characters, who were not super-human but rather average people. Really enjoyed this listen.
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- T. Sorensen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-14-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books