Melinda and the Wild West

  • by Linda Weaver Clarke
  • Narrated by Joanna Riley
  • 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1896, Melinda Gamble, a very elegant, very naïve young woman from Boston, decides to give up her life of monotonous comfort for the turbulent uncertainty of the still untamed Wild West. Driven by her intense desire to make a difference in the world, Melinda takes a job as a schoolteacher in the small town of Paris, Idaho, where she comes face-to-face with a frightening bank robber, a vicious grizzly bear, and an intense blizzard that leaves her clinging to her life. But it is a ruggedly handsome and very mysterious stranger who challenges Melinda with the one thing for which she was least prepared: love.

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Great book not so great narration

Would you listen to Melinda and the Wild West again? Why?

No sorry to say but I would read the book over and over again. The narration was done on a child's level I felt like a 5 year old being read a bedtime story.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Melinda. I love how she is strong and outspoken just like me. She sets her mind to something and doesn't let things get in her way.


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joanna Riley?

I would not of minded keeping Joanna Riley. She does have a great voice, she just needs to learn to read in a grown up manner. I do know she has done several children's books and I think that was the problem. She didn't make the switch.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I really wanted to listen to it all at once but was unable to due to the narration.


Any additional comments?

The story is great I don't not want to take away from Linda Weaver Clarke's writing with my review. The story is great, grab the book. The characters are awesome. it is a good clean and fun book.

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- Sweetie7268

Enjoyable clean romance

I enjoyed this charming and clean romance audiobook. I really appreciate "clean" stories. Not having to worry about my young kids hearing while I'm listening is a load off. The story is well-written and entertaining. I love the main character, Melinda's, fiery personality - how she speaks her mind and is independent. Her love and understanding for others is inspirational. I also loved all the historical facts interwoven with the story, like the Butch Cassidy incident. I listened to the Audible audio version of this book, but I wasn't "wowed" by the narration by Joanna Riley. While not a bad narration, it wasn't particularly memorable - it was just okay. I think my rating would have been one star higher with either a different narrator or the Kindle version. Granted, narration is a very personal taste, so even though I wasn't wowed, others will love it, and my opinion on the narration should not discourage anyone to listen. If you like clean romance or are interested in the old west, I highly recommend this book.
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- Leslie F.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-15-2016
  • Publisher: Red Mountain Shadows Publishing