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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (177 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elmer Kelton Narrator: Pete Bradbury Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2016 ISBN: 9781436116725
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Recipient of Golden Saddleman, Lone Star Lifetime Achievement, and Western Heritage Awards, Elmer Kelton is WWA's "Greatest Western Writer of All Time." Honored by WWA as one of history's 25 Best Westerns and based on an actual 1883 Texas cowboys' strike, this Golden Spur Award-winning novel tells the gripping saga of veteran cowboys and upstart cattle lords vying for power-vainly resisting change. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 7/4/2012

    " I really learned a lot from this book. it is on the list of 25 best western westerns ever written. (And, I do like westerns.) it is about the time when the law came to the west. It is about strike and bad and good desisions and where they lead. it is about the people of the west and "Cowboying up." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 8/31/2011

    " Based on a true story of a cowboy strike in the Panhandle of Texas in the 1880's. A very good story told by a great author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Panke | 3/16/2011

    " This is a different type of western. Who ever heard of cowboys striking? Somehow the story works and portrays the feel of truth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Dickison | 6/9/2010

    " A very good book, a fictionalized tale of a true cowboy strike that occurred in the Canadian River section of Texas. Kelton is an excellent writer and his lead character is a man of great common sense who is reluctantly drawn into the strike. Recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 7/28/2008

    " This was a western that was based on a real incident. Prior to the labor unions, a group of cowboys get disgruntled and refuse to work. Far from being a typical western with shootouts, etc. the realistic response of these people to a realistic situation. An excellent novel-- offbeat western. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 4/15/2008

    " This was a western that was based on a real incident. Prior to the labor unions, a group of cowboys get disgruntled and refuse to work. Far from being a typical western with shootouts, etc. the realistic response of these people to a realistic situation. An excellent novel-- offbeat western. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 12/28/2007

    " Based on a true story of a cowboy strike in the Panhandle of Texas in the 1880's. A very good story told by a great author. "

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About the Author
Author Elmer Kelton

Elmer Kelton (1926–2009) was an award-winning author of more than forty novels, including The Time It Never Rained, Other Men’s Horses, Texas Standoff, and Hard Trail to Follow. He grew up on a ranch near Crane, Texas, and earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas. His first novel, Hot Iron, was published in 1956. Among his awards have been seven Spurs from Western Writers of America and four Western Heritage awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. His novel The Good Old Boys was made into a television film starring Tommy Lee Jones. In addition to his novels, Kelton worked as an agricultural journalist for forty-two years.

About the Narrator

Pete Bradbury has appeared both on and off-Broadway and at many of the leading regional theaters across the country in plays ranging from Shakespeare and Molière to Edward Albee and David Mamet. He has also been seen on the CBS miniseries Sally Hemings. A former company member of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, Bradbury received his training in their three-year advanced program. He lives in New York City with his family.