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Deliciously satirical rendering of the Weird West, which has taken over from the Wild, whilst still retaining all the basic hallmarks: the horse riding attractive sharp shooting hero and his slightly less glamorous sidekick, the madcap posse gangs, bounty hunters, bars and brothels and lots of desert. But in the Weird West there are a few added extras.
The book comprises several stories of young Coyote Cal and his sidekick, Big Yap (think the Lone Ranger and Tonto, but with Tonto older and the Ranger little more than a kid), including a great story about how the met and became a team. All of the stories are fun but made superb in this audio production by the excellent lagubrious narration of Rick Brennan, who still somehow manages to infuse a smile into every word as he tells the stories and individually voices each character. And he has to do all of this, with perfect pacing and clarity, over a continuous comic soundtrack background throughout the entire book. Amazing.
The combination of story, soundtrack and narration make this a comedic book not to be missed - even if, like me, the listener is not a cowboy genre fan. Believe me, this is so much more.
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
If you like the old 1950 and 1960 tv cowboy shows and a blending of paranormal, then this is the book/audio book for you!
Would you ever listen to anything by Milo James Fowler again?
Maybe. He was ok, but the loud music included was very distracting and then just became annoying.
Any additional comments?
There were some funny parts. It just wasn't my cup of tea. If you go into it expecting Hopalong Cassidy meets Mr. Werewolf, you might really enjoy it.