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Download Father and I Were Ranchers: Little Britches # 1 Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,823 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ralph Moody Narrator: Cameron Beierle Publisher: Books In Motion Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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The Moody family moves from New Hampshire to a Colorado ranch. Experience the pleasures and perils of ranching in 20th Century America, through the eyes of a youngster. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 2/20/2014

    " You might say this is the male version of "Little House on the Prairie." Sage and I are reading it together and we both love it. No flowery writing here, just clean fresh prose that draws you in and paints a scenery of a harsh but beautiful time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 2/16/2014

    " This was such a good book, it is beyond words. The charcters were people you care about and the setting, in Colorado, is wonderful. The trials and tribulations of living in Colorado in the early 1900's are amazing! I don't know as I could have survived those rough years. I know I will look out for the rest of Moody's books, I want to read all of them and follow the story as the years pass. A must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 2/12/2014

    " Life on the farm from a boy's perspective. Great story for the whole family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ballardkate | 2/1/2014

    " Shawn and I read this together as a family. It was wonderful. It came highly recommended to us by our favorite book junkie, my sister-in-law. We were taught how to be better parents by the father in this story. He is so gentle and Christ-like in every manner. For me, classic literature is the best self-help book. If you need parenting tips, just read what "Pa" would do. The family endures many hardships and is better because of them. The young boy, Ralph, learns how to be an honest, hard-worker but still gets into the innocent little predicaments you'd expect from any young boy. We loved the little adventures he went on and literally could not put it down. It is inspirational and we were sad when it ended. Lucky for us, it's a series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheri | 1/29/2014

    " I read this book when I was younger and enjoyed it so much, I gave this book to my Dad and it reminded him of his childhood. My Dad was and still is my hero. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saraelizabeth | 1/27/2014

    " a classic...like little house on the prairie, except more masculine of course. just a great, simple story about life and growing up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A Nelson | 1/22/2014

    " Little Britches was akin to the Little House on the Prairie books. It told of a family's move from New England to the plains east of the front range in Colorado around the turn of the 20th century. The story is told through the recollections of the eldest son in the family. There were many adventures, hardships and joys retold in this charming book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel | 1/19/2014

    " Such a great story. Need to get Ethan to read this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheygir (Hazel) | 1/5/2014

    " My mom read this book to me. I think that it was a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alayna | 12/11/2013

    " A cute book based on the real experiences of a young boy moving to my 'hood in the early 1900's. Fun to see what the "Wild West" was like at the time, sweet story of a boy on his way to becoming a man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Autumn | 11/30/2013

    " This was another book with great examples of good parenting. The relationship this dad and his son had was amazing. This son learned to truly admire and respect his dad and wanted to be his dad's partner, but he had to earn his father's trust. It is a great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don | 11/11/2013

    " If you have grade school age or middle school age children, this is a must read aloud book for the family. Great lessons on parenting and children making good choices. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa | 10/25/2013

    " This is about a little boy that grew up on a ranch back in earlier times when things were a lot more difficult. But some things never change when you live on a ranch. I really enjoyed learning how they did things in pioneer days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tambra | 10/6/2013

    " Love this book, we read it aloud as a family years ago and are starting it again with the younger children. Also read the sequel which my son loved! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwen Burrow | 2/1/2013

    " My dad read this aloud when I was probably eight. I loved it then and loved all over again when I read it myself around fifteen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 8/5/2011

    " Life can be really, really, really hard and you can keep going. This was full of great life lessons for my kids and for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 9/3/2010

    " True story of an eight year old boy in 1907, it is hard to believe what life was like for children in the "old" days. It made him into a real man, and I loved reading about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 5/11/2010

    " Other than the many sad horse incidents,I enjoyed reading this book with Isabella. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kalleen | 2/20/2010

    " I loved this book and can't wait to read it with my family. I shared it with my dad, who had already read it was happy to read it again. I learned many good parenting lessons. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachael | 2/18/2010

    " I loved loved loved this book!! Ralph Moody is an amzing writer! I own a lot of fond childhood memories to him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 8/6/2009

    " We kept reading how good these books were and they really are! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly | 6/12/2009

    " I enjoyed much of the book, but don't love the sad ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristalyn | 5/12/2009

    " A sweet story - kind of a boy version of Little House on the Prairie. I haven't read the rest in the series, but really enjoyed this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Zentz | 4/19/2009

    " i absolutely love this whole series!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 3/18/2009

    " I am so glad someone recommended this book. My boys enjoy hearing me read it aloud. This is a true story which makes it even more of a must read for everyone in America! Don't miss this one...and be sure to hang on until the end. We will be reading the next one in the series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Worley | 3/16/2009

    " What a great book this was! Mom actually read it aloud to us, and it was one of my favorite read-alouds we went through! I love the father/son realationship in this story. =) Now for the other books in the series... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andee | 1/7/2009

    " Wonderful story!! My husband read it to the kids in summer of '08 then I read it myself that fall. I cried at the end of the story and loved the family relationships displayed in the book. Especially between Ralph and his dad. GREAT!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexis | 11/20/2008

    " Exceptional!! I adore this book as a read-aloud for my boys. I cherish the values that it conveys; hard-work, integrity, honesty, and especially family. This is a wonderful book. Think, "Little House on the Prarie" for boys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 4/23/2008

    " My goodness, what a rare treat I enjoyed while reading this book. Ralph Moody paints a brief glimpse of his boyhood on a Colorado ranch with such magnificent color I yearned to pick up a brush and paint myself into the story.

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About the Author
Author Ralph Moody

Ralph Owen Moody (1898–1982) was an American author who wrote 17 novels and autobiographies largely about the American West, though a few are set in New England. He was born in East Rochester, New Hampshire in 1898 but moved to Colorado with his family when he was eight in the hopes that a dry climate would improve his father Charles's tuberculosis. Moody detailed his experiences in Colorado in the first book of the Little Britches series, Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers. After his father died, eleven-year-old Moody assumed the duties of the “man of the house”. He and his sister Grace combined ingenuity with hard work in a variety of odd jobs to help their mother provide for their large family. The Moody clan returned to the East Coast sometime after Charles's death. After a period as livestock business owner in rural Kansas, Moody married and moved to Kansas City. Ralph and Edna Moody had three children.