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As a romantic teen, Tanya Bishop married a passionate, intense man who ultimately ended up nearly killing her more than once. When she finally killed him to save herself and her son, Tonio, she was sent to prison, and her son went into the custory of her husband's cousin, Ramon Quezada, who runs a ranch for troubled boys. When Tanya is finally released, Ramon offers her a home and job, working in the kitchens of the ranch, where she can have a chance to develop a relationship again with her son-and maybe learn to love again herself. A highly emotional, uplifting story of second chances from a writer of rare power, The Last Chance Ranch is a timely and moving romantic novel.
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By Lulu on 09-09-14
Terrible Narration, Mediocre Book
I will start by saying this is a Category Romance written by Barbara Samuel about 20 years ago, so the fact that is sounds terribly dated isn't surprising. When I read historical fiction I expect it to not include modern conveniences, but it is difficult for me to listen to something considered "contemporary" fiction that sounds like it might as well have been set 200 years ago.
I have recently become a fan of Barbara Samuel/Barbara O'Neal's books, so thought I should at least try some of her early works when she wrote under the name Ruth Wind. And if I get past the "dated" issue and the obvious traditional format for books in this genre, the plot itself was fairly interesting.
However, the narration was so poor I barely made it through the book. Mr. Oliver had a pleasant speaking voice and would probably be fine reading a book that didn't require he speak with any type of accent or dialect or include any children characters. But his "Spanish" accent was terrible and his kids' voices were worse. His female voice wasn't great, but probably no worse than most male narrators, and it didn't bother me as much.
The problem went beyond that however. This book was edited terribly. There were at least 10 instances where words or phrases were repeated and you could tell that the editor had inserted the word or phrase without deleting the original.
I am still a Barbara Samuel/Barbara O'Neal fan. And my expectations of her earlier work weren't all that high, so this disappointment won't put me off of her work. But I cannot recommend listening to this audiobook. If you insist on reading this author's early works, read the e-book or paperback instead.
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By Regina on 01-26-14
Somethime everything turns out wonderful
Would you listen to The Last Chance Ranch again? Why?
Yes, in fact I have listened to this audiobook three times in a row. It is a hopeful and loving story. You will love it.
What other book might you compare The Last Chance Ranch to and why?
No Place like Home, by Barbara Samuel. It is also another story about someone's struggle to deal with their past and present and making a new life for themselves. You will love the characters and relationships and the growing love between the characters.
Which scene was your favorite?
At the very end of the story when Antonio finds out how his mother save his life and went to jail to protect him from his abusive husband.
If you could take any character from The Last Chance Ranch out to dinner, who would it be and why?
I would like to take Tanya, Antonio and Ramon, they are a family and I would like to know all of them.
Any additional comments?
All of Barbara Samuel's books that I have read are an excellent read, I highly recommend them.
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