The Good Old Boys

  • by Elmer Kelton
  • Narrated by George Guidall
  • 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. Set in 1906, The Good Old Boys is hailed as one of Kelton's finest works. Cowboy Hewey Calloway loves to ride the open range like a solitary sailor on an endless sea. So when barbed wire and newfangled contraptions threaten his world, he's dead-set against progress - until he meets a pretty little teacher.


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Kelton & Guidall - Great Team!

I must admit I was drawn to this book because I enjoy George Guidall. I also like Craig Johnson's novels of which Guidall is also the narrator. I'm not a western fan and I just finished Dickens' marvelous Dombey and Son. I also noted that Kelton was honored by his peers for his writings so I figured I give this novel a listen. I wasn't disappointed. Rich in characters, full of life and deep in description of the days when the automobile first arrived on the scene in the West. The anti-hero, Hewey Calloway, is a very likable character who seems to attract trouble despite himself. There are several similarities to Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series, so if you enjoyed the Sheriff, you should enjoy this story.
Need I add: Guidall makes it all come to life.
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- Dave

Great Modern-ish Western!

What must it have been like in the age when cowboys, their horses and way of life were being displaced by the invention of the automobile, the proliferation of travel and shipping by railway and the coming of the modern age? That is what confronts the major character in this very enjoyable story. He is a drifter -- a no-good to some; but confronts circumstances that force him to change his ways -- perhaps forever. Loved Guidall's performance and found Kelton's story telling skill second to none. This is a "good" story -- with a tiny bit of romance; no grotesque violence and an ending that you may not have wanted, but will find satisfactory anyway. I'll be finding more of Kelton's books.
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- Paula "Enjoying one good listen after the next!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-27-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books