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4.27 out of 54.27 out of 54.27 out of 54.27 out of 54.27 out of 5 4.27 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David E. Hilton Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN:
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At thirteen, William Sheppard was sent to the Swope Ranch Boys' Reformatory for stabbing his abusive father in the chest with a pocketknife. Buried deep in the Colorado Mountains, Swope is shrouded in legend and defined by one prevailing rumor: the boys who go in never come out the same. Days from civilization with only one accessible road - any prisoner who attempts to escape will be shot down without hesitation. There is no forgiveness from the mountains or the guards. At Swope, mustangs are trucked in to be broken by a select group of inmates. Once the horses are gentled, they are sold across the Southwest. Horses come and go, delinquent boys come and go. The boys break the horses, Swope breaks the boys. If the boys are to withstand the ranch, they must first overcome violence and tragedy - only to be haunted forever....

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 2/18/2014

    " A gripping story about boys sent to a reformatory in the mountains of Colorado. The stories about the individuals and how they ended up there are heartbreaking. Life in the reformatory is hell, nothing to do with reforming and a lot to do with cruelty. This one was hard to finish and impossible to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayme | 2/8/2014

    " Touching book. One you won't stop thinking about (the best kind) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wesley | 2/6/2014

    " Heartwrenching story, beautiful imagery, fantastic characters. Was totally not what I expected from its cover, but that was fine by me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donald | 2/5/2014

    " This was a pretty quick read with an interesting cast of characters that pull you in and drag you through the ringer of a juvie ranch in Colorado along with them. Enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 2/4/2014

    " The novel Kings of Colorado by David E. Hilton was one of the most compelling and emotionally draining books I've read. It tells the story of Will Sheppards's experiences during 2 years at a boy's reformatory ranch in Colorado. Woven throughout the novel are the stories of several other boys living at the ranch and their impact on Will's life. Will is sent to the reformatory ranch in Colorado after stabbing his father with a knife when he is once again beating up on Will's mother. After going to the ranch, Will forms a bond with 3 other boys, all close to him in age---Benny, Cooper, and Mickey and all having ended up there through their role in fighting back at horrible situations in their families. These boys cling to their relationships with each other in the midst of unbelievable brutality they face in their daily existence on this ranch from both staff at the ranch and one boy, Silas Green. At times it was difficult to read about the physical brutality they endured from the warden and staff and the brutality that was allowed to be inflicted by the boys themselves upon those who were weaker and younger. Two of the 4 boys, Cooper and Benny, end up dead as victims of such brutality by the end of the novel. However, the novel is only about violence and brutality. The friendship of these 4 boys and their loyalty toward each other transcends all the ugliness of their situation. The author has done an amazing job of developing the relationships between the boys and looking deep into the human heart and emotions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/30/2014

    " I received this book as a first reads. This was a great book! Couldn't put it down. Some parts were hard to read because of the subject matter, but overall a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randi | 1/30/2014

    " A brutal story that is compelling and emotionally draining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya | 1/23/2014

    " Awesome read! I was captivated by the way I felt right there with the characters. I was a little discouraged by the colorful language but all in all I Love This Book!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerda Breitwieser | 1/12/2014

    " Terrific book, well-written but sad and ultimately very realistic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 10/30/2013

    " great book , great author . waiting for more from him "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Goldie Tompkins | 8/13/2013

    " I was looking for something different- and am glad I came across this one. It explores friendship, loyalty, tragedy, loss, strength and hope through the bond and experiences of four boys -the kings of Colorado, while at a reformatory ranch. Authentic and moving, this book doesn't disappoint. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Felecia Bunnell | 7/2/2013

    " This book was so disturbing that it was hard to read. Easy read, but so depressing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 4/9/2013

    " Like Lord of the Flies on a ranch. Really violent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene Menge | 3/16/2013

    " A heart-wrenching tale of adolescent boys incarcerated on a 'reformatory' ranch in the wilds of Colorado where good, evil, brutality and very occasional joy mold the character of four friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/18/2012

    " This is a 4.5 stars for me, not sure what is holding me back from 5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Martinez | 12/4/2012

    " Wow. This book was very hard to put down and at times, hard to read. It was a very powerful book. David Hilton did a fantastic job of writing this book like a memoir. I look forward to reading more of his books. David Hilton is a very good story-teller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy | 2/7/2012

    " I read this because as I cataloged it for work, the summary was intriguing. I loved it! Couldn't put it down- am still haunted by the boys. Have already and will continue to recommend to all... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Venessa Williams | 7/25/2011

    " Loving it so far! Man, what a great writer. I'm shocked this is a debut. I can't put this down. Can't wait to meet him at TLA 2011 in Austin, Texas! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jehret | 6/26/2011

    " Loved it, brought tears to my eyes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Skybirdsmom | 5/22/2011

    " Didn't care for the language, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naseem | 4/11/2011

    " I read this book before it was published, and found myself in tears at some of the scenes. It is a very harrowing tale, more violent then I typically read, but the pages kept themselves turning. The characters all felt real and their stories utterly heart wrenching. Very good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 4/2/2011

    " Wow. This book was very hard to put down and at times, hard to read. It was a very powerful book. David Hilton did a fantastic job of writing this book like a memoir. I look forward to reading more of his books. David Hilton is a very good story-teller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 2/8/2011

    " Publisher's Weekly called King's "...a Stand by Me behind bars, and I couldn't have said it better myself. Horrifying, heartbreaking, and brutally beautiful, I absolutely loved this book despite the fact that I had to read it in slow small increments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 2/2/2011

    " What an amazing book. Heartbreaking, brutal and very intense. Will stay with you a long time after you read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy | 2/1/2011

    " I read this because as I cataloged it for work, the summary was intriguing. I loved it! Couldn't put it down- am still haunted by the boys. Have already and will continue to recommend to all... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 1/16/2011

    " Just easily jumped into my "best books I've ever read" category. WOW. "

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About the Narrator

Phil Gigante has narrated more than two hundred audiobooks, earning ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and three of the prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. An actor, director, and producer with over twenty years of experience in theater, film, television, and radio, he is currently the artistic director of Gigantic Productions and Little Giant Children’s Theatre.