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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (421 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Hockensmith Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Holmes on the Range Mysteries Release Date: March 2007 ISBN: 9781400173556
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Gustav "Old Red" Amlingmeyer is an old-fashioned kind of guy: He prefers a long trail ride even when a train ticket can get him where he's going in one-tenth the time. So when it's Old Red who insists on guarding the Pacific Express, despite a generations-old family distrust of the farm stealin', cattle-killin', money-grubbing' railroads, Big Red is flummoxed. But as usual, he'll follow his ornery brother just about anywhere. Trapped on a thousand tons of steam-driven steel, Old Red and Big Red find themselves riding with a crafty gang of outlaws, a baggage car jam-packed with secrets, and a killer hidden among the colorful passengers. Filled with all the wit, flavor, humor, and suspense that made Holmes on the Range such a critical hit, On the Wrong Tack will have you rushing to the station! Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Delightful.... Certain to entertain.... [Narrator William Dufris's] relaxed approach contributes considerably to the tale's charm. Highly recommended. Library Journal
  • “Hilarious…a spectacular ending.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The second entry in this wonderfully entertaining series builds on the comic successes of the first via the sardonic and observant narration of Otto, whose affection for his curmudgeonly older brother is ever slowly inching toward admiration.”

    Booklist

  • “Delightful…Certain to entertain…[narrator William Dufris’] relaxed approach contributes considerably to the tale’s charm. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal, audio review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney Henley-Anderson | 2/18/2014

    " Reading this now! Read the first in the series and it was hilarious fun so went straight to this one after. "

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

    " Audiobook is very well read. Lots of different voices and character expressed by the voices. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 1/22/2014

    " Even better than the first one. In the second "Holmes on the Range" novel, Otto and Gustav Amlingmeyer get work as undercover guards on the Southern Pacific railway and soon encounter murder and mayhem that demand all their deducifyin' powers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stan | 1/22/2014

    " Another fun outing with the Amlingmeyer brothers, who aim to emulate Sherlock Holmes in the Old West. With likable characters and always amusing writing, the plot this time generates action and suspense in the world of the 1890's railroads. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/15/2014

    " 3.5 stars. This is a really fun read, combining westerns with mysteries. The plot moves briskly and is not predictable. I was bothered by occasional anachronisms, but the book is not meant to be an accurate portrayal of the Old West. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan McClintock | 1/9/2014

    " This series about two cowpoke brothers with a penchant for solving crimes a la Sherlock is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. (Perhaps I should look into some Louis L'Amour soon?) I love the humor, the mysteries are solid, and the interaction between the two heros are priceless. I hope the series has a long and fruitful life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gigi | 1/1/2014

    " Very light and enjoyable. Love the protagonists who this time are railway detectives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'c | 1/1/2014

    " Very Good; Continuing characters: Amlingmeyer brothers; the brothers set out deducifying on a train that is beset by murder, bandits, and other assorted dangers "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hope | 12/27/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoyable. Hockensmith will occasionally provide a turn-of-phrase that makes my day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marnie | 12/24/2013

    " There is a scene on the train that had me laughing so hard I couldn't read the words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gayle | 12/5/2013

    " What a fun read: a detective story set in the "old west", and on a train! Cleverly written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa Marx | 11/30/2013

    " I cannot express how much fun this series is!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 11/28/2013

    " Steve's a great guy and I'm just getting around to reading all his books which are such fun. My husband is his #1 fan; just check out his website to verify that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana Sandberg | 9/9/2013

    " Second in the series starring Old West cowboys Otto and Gustav Amlingmeyer (I wonder how many people think the German names are anomalous). I quite liked the first and like this one ever better. Good humour, fast pace, interesting story, endearing characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 7/21/2013

    " Good story...but full of gd's. Why??? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bmkeene | 4/4/2013

    " An exhilarating read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 3/17/2013

    " A little too strong language for my liking. But the stories are fun. And charachters likable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 2/3/2013

    " A light, fun book that mixes two of my favorite genres - Westerns and Mysteries. Since the hero didn't get the girl in the end, I'm assuming there will be more adventures in this series to look forward to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee Pawlish | 11/19/2012

    " The follow-up to Holmes On The Range is again a nice effort. I like the main characters and Hockensmith's style. If I have one criticism, it's that he's a bit heavy-handed with the similes and metaphors, but this is not a big detractor from the story. I will definitely be reading more in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 11/7/2012

    " I really wanted this train ride to end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 10/25/2012

    " Steve Hockensmith continues with the light-hearted funny in book two of his series featuring a cowboy obsessed with Sherlock Holmes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 10/14/2012

    " This fellow's writing style strikes me as being reminiscent of Mark Twain. Very entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Rzasa | 12/13/2011

    " Just as good a read as the original--memorable characters, exciting action, good plot twists, and laugh-out-loud dialogue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 10/19/2011

    " The follow up to Holmes on the Range is not my favorite - but still has alot of the elements that caught my heart from the first in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Andriacco | 10/12/2011

    " Highly enjoyable writing, fun premise (cowboy wants to be like his hero, Sherlock Holmes), complicated but clever plot, and a whole cast of good characters. This is the first I've read int he series and I want to read more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 2/28/2011

    " I cannot express how much fun this series is!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maurine | 1/6/2011

    " I enjoy this series. Most of what I have to say is written about in the first volume.

    I recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 7/15/2010

    " The follow up to Holmes on the Range is not my favorite - but still has alot of the elements that caught my heart from the first in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/21/2010

    " 3.5 stars. This is a really fun read, combining westerns with mysteries. The plot moves briskly and is not predictable. I was bothered by occasional anachronisms, but the book is not meant to be an accurate portrayal of the Old West. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 3/31/2010

    " A light, fun book that mixes two of my favorite genres - Westerns and Mysteries. Since the hero didn't get the girl in the end, I'm assuming there will be more adventures in this series to look forward to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 1/25/2010

    " Steve's a great guy and I'm just getting around to reading all his books which are such fun. My husband is his #1 fan; just check out his website to verify that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 8/16/2009

    " Very Good; Continuing characters: Amlingmeyer brothers; the brothers set out deducifying on a train that is beset by murder, bandits, and other assorted dangers
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/17/2009

    " Steve Hockensmith continues with the light-hearted funny in book two of his series featuring a cowboy obsessed with Sherlock Holmes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stan | 5/3/2009

    " Another fun outing with the Amlingmeyer brothers, who aim to emulate Sherlock Holmes in the Old West. With likable characters and always amusing writing, the plot this time generates action and suspense in the world of the 1890's railroads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 4/6/2009

    " Reading this now! Read the first in the series and it was hilarious fun so went straight to this one after.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 3/30/2009

    " After reading a Lee Child book, I really had to slow down for this one. Once I did, it was fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 3/29/2009

    " Not quite as good as the first; the western-isms in the narration and dialog feel forced sometimes, and that got on my nerves a bit. Still, a fun mystery that I'm happy to have read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 12/9/2008

    " Mike & I listened to this as a book on CD as we traveled. It was a fun listen. It is a western twist on a Sherlock Holmes mystery. It's set on a train, has a few fun twists and turns and the narrator speaks in the vernacular. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gayle | 10/29/2008

    " What a fun read: a detective story set in the "old west", and on a train! Cleverly written. "

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About the Author
Author Steve Hockensmith

Steve Hockensmith is the author of the New York Times bestseller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls and the Edgar Award nominee Holmes on the Range. He lives in Alameda, California.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.