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Elmer Kelton

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  1. 8.7 hrs • Feb/07/2017 • Unabridged

    In Hard Trail to Follow by seven-time Spur Award winner Elmer Kelton, young Texas Ranger Andy Pickard vows to track down the bank robber he thinks killed his friend and mentor. But as he traverses the rugged terrain, Andy' s perplexed at the glowing reports of the felon' s kindness and integrity.

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    Hard Trail to Follow

    Read by Jonathan Davis
    8.7 hrs • Feb/07/2017 • Unabridged
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  2. 7.5 hrs • Jan/04/2017 • Unabridged

    Elmer Kelton, beloved chronicler of the OldWest and recipient of an unprecedented seven Spur Awards, recounts the story of Santa Anna’s lesser known massacre through the eyes of a lone survivor. Even in his old age, Josh Buckalew sometimes awakens in a cold sweat as he relives those horrifying moments at Goliad so long ago. And yet every time he retells the tale, his heart fills with gratitude for those brave Texans who gave their lives so others might live free.

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    Massacre at Goliad

    Read by Jack Garrett
    7.5 hrs • Jan/04/2017 • Unabridged
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  3. 13.3 hrs • Nov/16/2016 • Unabridged

    Forged from Elmer Kelton’s 1950s observations of drought-ravaged West Texas, this Spur Award winner-written by the WWA’s greatest Western writer-tells the compelling story of one rancher’s struggle to maintain his independence. But as rainless years continue and farmers and ranchers sell their souls for federal hand-outs, Charlie finds himself under increasing pressure to compromise his principles.

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    The Time It Never Rained

    Read by George Guidall
    13.3 hrs • Nov/16/2016 • Unabridged
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  4. 9.2 hrs • Nov/02/2016 • Unabridged

    Six-time Spur Award winner Elmer Kelton was named the greatest Western author of all time by the Western Writers of America. In this novel, 18-year-old farmer Trey McLean aspires to be a cattle rancher. He leaves East Texas with four cows and heads west, but a corrupt sheriff quickly steals the animals. Helpless and confused, Trey finds trouble with a dangerous fugitive. But he also finds comfort and opportunity with a rancher’s lovely daughter.

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    The Pumpkin Rollers

    Read by George Guidall
    9.2 hrs • Nov/02/2016 • Unabridged
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  5. 5.2 hrs • Oct/19/2016 • Unabridged

    Deputy Sheriff Jim-Bob McClain isn’t sure he’s ready to follow in his father’s footsteps as the law in Coolridge County. In fact he has a hard enough time keeping the peace between the drunks in the local saloon. But with tough Sheriff Mont Naylor to back him up, he figures he can handle whatever comes his way.Jim-Bob’s first real assignment is no piece of cake. He must escort a ruthless outlaw into the hands of justice. All seems well with the lawless killer firmly in Jim-Bob’s custody. But nothing prepares him for an angry mob determined to take the law into their own hands and provide their own brand of justice: a hangman’s noose.Shadow of a Star is a gripping tale by Elmer Kelton, voted one of the best Western writers of all time by Westerns Writers of America, Inc.

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    Shadow of a Star

    Read by Graham Winton
    5.2 hrs • Oct/19/2016 • Unabridged
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  6. 9.7 hrs • May/25/2016 • Unabridged

    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.

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    The Day the Cowboys Quit

    Read by Pete Bradbury
    9.7 hrs • May/25/2016 • Unabridged
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  7. 6.5 hrs • Apr/26/2016 • Unabridged

    This entry in Elmer Kelton's Tales of Texas series whisks us away to witness a violent 1875 conflict. Thirty years after the Battle of San Jacinto, Texans and Mexicans are still spilling blood over control of the Nueces Strip. And Horse thieves and bushwhackers transform this hot, dry stretch between the Nueces and Rio Grande rivers into a lawless inferno. Despite long odds, Captain McNelly and his small band of Texas Rangers strive to bring lasting peace to this swirling vortex of murder and racial hatred.

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    Captain's Rangers

    Read by Kevin Orton
    6.5 hrs • Apr/26/2016 • Unabridged
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  8. 6.3 hrs • Apr/14/2016 • Unabridged

    Elmer Kelton's westerns are filled with authentic details and unforgettable characters. With works including The Smiling Country and Texas Rifles, he has won six Golden Spur Awards and attracted a world-wide audience of fans. By 1873, the great buffalo herds have been all but wiped out, and the hide hunters are looking for other work. So when Gage Jameson hears of one remaining herd, he sees a final opportunity to make a huge profit. But to find the buffalo, he will have to take his line of wagons deep into Comanche territory, where death lurks behind every rock. Kelton's feel for the last days of the American West is evident in each chapter of Buffalo Wagons. As Jameson and his crew journey further into danger, the growing tension is dramatically voiced by Audie Awarda-winning narrator George Guidall.

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    Buffalo Wagons

    Read by George Guidall
    6.3 hrs • Apr/14/2016 • Unabridged
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  9. 9.4 hrs • Mar/24/2016 • Unabridged

    Elmer Kelton is hailed as the greatest Western author of all time by the Western Writers of America, has earned six Spur Awards during his impressive career. In Badger Boy, Kelton effortlessly sweeps listeners back to the post-Civil War Texas frontier, where ranger Rusty Shannon hopes to settle down as a respectable farmer. But trouble brews when Rusty captures Badger Boy, a white child raised by the Comanches who murdered his parents.

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    Badger Boy

    Read by Jonathan Davis
    9.4 hrs • Mar/24/2016 • Unabridged
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  10. 6.8 hrs • Mar/24/2016 • Unabridged

    Recipient of seven Spur Awards, Elmer Kelton "just keeps getting better and better" (Tulsa World). When a ruthless cattle baron and his men destroy Doug Monahan's property, his old friend and mentor is gunned down. Pistol whipped and now flat broke, Monahan finds refuge on the sprawling homestead of Noah Wheeler and his virtuous daughter. But Monahan refuses to quit. "If there's an heir to the Louis L'Amour legacy, it's Kelton."-Booklist

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    Barbed Wire

    Read by Ken Marks
    6.8 hrs • Mar/24/2016 • Unabridged
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  11. 6.2 hrs • Feb/20/2016 • Unabridged

    In the early days of the Texas panhandle, starting a new life is hard—but keeping it is even harder.Espy Norwood is a troubleshooter who’s got troubles of his own—and more troubles find him when he lands a job on a ranch on the Texas plains. Bitter landowners plot against him, determined cattle thieves sneak right under his nose, and his own son refuses to trust or even know him. Can he catch the thieves, save the ranch, and win his son’s love?

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    Hot Iron

    Read by Graham Winton
    6.2 hrs • Feb/20/2016 • Unabridged
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  12. 3.9 hrs • Aug/16/2011 • Abridged

    Elmer Kelton, voted “The Greatest Western Writer of All Time” by the Western Writers of America, is a legend in the field of Western literature. Famous for his realistic characters and accurate depictions of the history of his home state of Texas, Elmer Kelton continues to write exceptional novels of American history.In Hanging Judge, Justin Moffitt is eager to help keep the peace as a deputy marshal in small-town Texas. That is, until Justin is assigned to the wrong marshal-a “hanging judge” who is as famous for his ruthlessness as he is for his commitment to justice. When Justin’s boss hangs a controversial criminal, Justin must defend himself against an army of friends and relatives, desperate for revenge.

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    Hanging Judge

    Read by Jason Culp
    3.9 hrs • Aug/16/2011 • Abridged
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  13. 6.8 hrs • Jul/19/2011 • Unabridged

    In Bitter Trail, Kelton tells the story of a tough teamster named Frio Wheeler whose wagons haul cotton from Texas to Mexico.Sounds like a peaceable enterprise?The problem is that the Civil War is raging throughout the South and Wheeler's cotton is to be sold for gold--gold used to buy guns and ammunition for the Confederate army.And, added to his balky mules, the broiling heat, and killing drought of the Mexican dessert, Wheeler has even more serious matters to contend with: His wagons are attacked, his cotton bales are burned, he is captured and tortured by bandidos in league with Union sympathizers, and he is betrayed by his best friend--his former partner and brother of the woman he loves!

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    Bitter Trail

    Read by Jason Culp
    6.8 hrs • Jul/19/2011 • Unabridged
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  14. 3.5 hrs • Jul/19/2011 • Abridged

    In Bitter Trail, Kelton tells the story of a tough teamster named Frio Wheeler whose wagons haul cotton from Texas to Mexico. Sounds like a peaceable enterprise? The problem is that the Civil War is raging throughout the South and Wheeler’s cotton is to be sold for gold—gold used to buy guns and ammunition for the Confederate army. And, added to his balky mules, the broiling heat, and killing drought of the Mexican desert, Wheeler has even more serious matters to contend with: His wagons are attacked, his cotton bales are burned, he is captured and tortured by bandidos in league with Union sympathizers, and he is betrayed by his best friend—his former partner and brother of the woman he loves!

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    Bitter Trail

    Read by Jason Culp
    3.5 hrs • Jul/19/2011 • Abridged
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  15. 3.9 hrs • May/24/2011 • Abridged

    In 1816, Mordecai Lewis, a veteran of Andrew Jackson’s Indian campaigns and battles against the British, moves his family into the western Tennessee canebrakes. But Mordecai, a born wanderer, is not satisfied with farming, and with his sons Michael and Andrew and some other backwoodsmen, he leads a foray into Spanish-held Texas to hunt wild horses and return the mustang herd to sell in Tennessee.Crossing the Sabine River, Mordecai’s party encounters a Spanish patrol determined to repel all American invaders. After a bloody skirmish leaves their father dead, Michael and Andrew find their way back to their Tennessee farm. Five years later, after the Spanish government in Mexico City has agreed to permit three hundred American families to settle in Texas, the Lewis brothers have their opportunity to reenter Texas. But the Lewises are considered interlopers and horse thieves and are dogged by a patrol led by the same ruthless Spanish offer who killed their father five years before. Sons of Texas is the first volume in a trilogy that follows the lives and adventures of the Lewis family through the era of the Alamo and Texas Independence under Sam Houston.

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    Sons of Texas

    Read by Jason Culp
    3.9 hrs • May/24/2011 • Abridged
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  16. 3.9 hrs • May/24/2011 • Abridged

    In Stand Proud, one of his most controversial novels, legendary Western writer Elmer Kelton takes on a character who is not as easy to like as he is to admire. Frank Claymore is cantankerous, stubborn, and intolerant--just the qualities that make him a success as an open-range cattle rancher on the West Texas frontier. Stand Proud follows Claymore form the time of the Civil War to the dawn of the twentieth century--through marriage, births, deaths, and a creeping change in the society that once hailed him as a hero, and which later has him condemned as a despoiler and tried for murder. Based in part of legendary rancher Charles Goodnight, Claymore is only one example of the many men who dreamed of cattle, and through their dedication to that dream came to change the face of Western history.

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    Stand Proud

    Read by Jason Culp
    3.9 hrs • May/24/2011 • Abridged
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