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Pumpkin Rollers

Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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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.

©1996 Elmer Kelton (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Robert
  • 11-04-18

Easy listening

Great western tale, easy to listen to. Great story line and easy to follow the story from the very beginning.

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  • I'm all ears
  • 16-07-19

Don't be thrown off by the title

Another great tale by Elmer Kelton. Kelton is a master story teller, but he’s not as good at choosing titles. I almost rejected this selection because I didn’t see how something called “The Pumpkin Rollers” could be very interesting. Was I wrong! It turns out that “pumpkin rollers” is the derogatory name that frontier cattlemen had for dirt farmers. The pumpkin rollers in this case are a newly married couple, fresh from the farm, who set out for the yet untamed territory of west Texas with the hope raising cattle. As resolute as they are, they are unprepared for the lawlessness of the land. The result is gripping. And of course the narration by George Guidall is superb. Not to be missed by anyone who loves a good story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-19

Enjoyable story. <br />

Would like a sequel to this one. Good storyline with believable characters and happenings. Kept my interest.

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  • Gregory A. Newkirk
  • 05-02-18

Hard and Beautiful

Like all of Elmer Kelton's books, this story takes a toll on the listener like the hard country in which it plays out. Yet it shows the world with a simple and honest beauty, one where a good life is rewarded in the end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-04-19

I love these books

I love Elmer Kelton books for a number of reasons. But mainly because he is a master of the language of that time period. His idiomatic expressions and historically accurate usage truly fleshes out his characters and makes you care about them. That being said this story is not 'deep' but deeply satisfying for fans who enjoy reading about this era. I missed the characters when the story ended.

The narration is crisp, concise and easy to listen to....a little old fashioned yet maybe that adds to the experience. Overall, this book was worth my nickel:). Thanks Audible

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  • William
  • 12-03-19

Another Masterpiece

only one problem with an Elmer Kelton novel....they eventually come to the end. Heck of a story

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  • Sue
  • 09-03-19

Excellent Western! Every minute interesting.

Good story line following a young couple. Elmer Kelton must be old school, because decency and moral integrity part of his story. No swearing, respect for marriage made this a pleasant listen. Real men who worked hard and looked out for others and tried to guide young men in a good way. Successful adult life is more about work than play, and Elmer's characters, male and female, knew how to work. Some villains. Characters who were not perfect. Some action. Interesting portrayal of cowboy life, which seemed accurate.

Narrator excellent.

Totally recommend this book.

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