The Western Trail (Abridged): The Trail Drive, Book 2 Audiobook, by Ralph Compton Play Audiobook Sample

The Western Trail (Abridged): The Trail Drive, Book 2 Audiobook

The Western Trail (Abridged): The Trail Drive, Book 2 Audiobook, by Ralph Compton Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Scott Sowers Publisher: Macmillan Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 2.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 1.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Trail Drive Series Release Date: May 2011 Format: Abridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781427213471

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Longest Chapter Length:

07:27 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

01:01 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

05:32 minutes

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Publisher Description

In the aftermath of the Civil War, cash-starved Texans turned to the only resource they possessed in abundance: longhorn cows. Despite the hazards of trailing longhorns across some three hundred miles of Indian Territory, this was the only way to access the railroad…


Benton McCaleb and his band of bold-spirited cowboys traveled long and hard to drive thousands of ornery cattle into Wyoming's Sweetwater Valley. They're in the midst of setting up a ranch just north of Cheyenne when a ruthless railroad baron and his hired killers try to force them off the land. Now, with the help of the Shoshoni Indian tribe and a man named Buffalo Bill Cody, McCaleb and his men must vow to stand and fight. Outgunned and outmanned, they will wage the most ferocious battle of their lives—to win the right to call the land their own.

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Compton may very well turn out to be the greatest Western writer of them all...Very seldom in literature have the legends of the Old West been so vividly painted.

— The Tombstone Epitath 


  • “Lovers of Louis L'Amour–type Westerns will welcome [this] series.

    — Nashville Banner
  • A sweeping, historically accurate [series] that makes America's trail drives come alive.

    — Artesia Daily Press (New Mexico)
  • Compton offers readers a chance to hit the trail and not end up saddle sore.

    — Publishers Weekly
  • Compton has hit the bull's eye.

    — The Birmingham News

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About Ralph Compton

Ralph Compton (1934–1998) stood six-foot-eight without his boots. His first novel in the Trail Drive series, The Goodnight Trail, was a finalist for the Western Writers of America Medicine Pipe Bearer Award for best debut novel. He was also the author of the Sundown Rider series and the Border Empire series. A native of St. Clair County, Alabama, Compton worked as a musician, a radio announcer, a songwriter, and a newspaper columnist before turning to writing westerns. A number of his later works also appeared on the USA Today bestseller list. Since his death, a number of works have been published under Compton’s byline, including The Alamosa Trail, Riders of Judgement, The Abilene Trail, The Bozeman Trail, and others.

About Scott Sowers

Scott Sowers is an actor and audiobook narrator. AudioFile magazine named him the 2008 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense. He is the winner of seven Earphones Awards.