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The Cowboy and the Cossack

A Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Rediscovery
Narrated by: Phil Gigante
Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
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Fifteen Montana cowboys and 500 longhorns are embarking on a one-of-a-kind Wild West adventure: a cattle drive across 1,000 miles of Siberia. The clash of cultures between East and West, American six shooter and Russian saber, begins immediately when a band of Cossacks arrives to escort them to their destination. Cowboys and Cossacks must work together or they’ll never survive the journey, which includes a meeting with the warrior Genghis Kharlagawl and his army of bloodthirsty Tartars. The code of the cowboy and the credo of the Cossack offer different measures of manhood - but honor and courage are the same in any language when a common enemy must be faced.

Book Lust Rediscoveries is a series devoted to reprinting some of the best (and now out of print) novels originally published from 1960 to 2000. Each book is personally selected by NPR commentator and Book Lust author Nancy Pearl and includes an introduction by her, as well as discussion questions for book groups and a list of recommended further reading.

©1973 Clair Huffaker (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 04-10-2016

NOSTROVIA OR NA ZDOROVIE

WHEN THERE'S ONLY ONE DECISION, THAT DECISION IS ALWAYS RIGHT
This is a great story and a great western. American Cowboys (WE SPEAK AMERICAN, THEY CALL IT ENGLISH) take a boat with over 500 cattle to Siberia. The action starts right from the beginning when they have to drive the cattle into the cold ocean and swim them to shore. A group of Cossacks, meet them to escort them several hundred miles inland. The Americans are led by a rough and tough leader, who is used to getting his way. The Russians are led by a rough and tough leader, who is used to getting his way. These two don't agree on anything and you can cut the tension with a knife. Along the way they have to fight Tatars, Russian troops, wolves, tigers and Imperial Cossacks.

LEVI: I WAS NAMED AFTER A PAIR OF PANTS
Levi is the main character who idolizes his boss, but he starts to idolize the Russian leader, which leads to problems since the two don't get along. Levi is writing in his old age about his adventures. The story is exciting, beautiful and different.

SOMETIMES YOUR HEART CAN GET SOME PLACE BEFORE THE REST OF YOU CAN.
In the story the Russian explains chess, the best way I have ever heard. He also tells a story about swans. If you are not teary eyed over the swan story, than your hollow. Did you know Siberian Tigers can get over 1,000 pounds?

THAT'S WHAT WERE TELLING YOU NOW
Phil does a great job. Lots of characters and they are all distinct and seem so real.

AYEA

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  • Marie
  • 16-10-2014

A timeless classic

Would you listen to The Cowboy and the Cossack again? Why?

Yes! I rarely read or listen to something twice, but this story is worth a second listen. I first read the book when I was about 12 years old and I loved it then. When I saw it on Audible I decided to listen to it. I expected to be disappointed as usually old books and movies do not stand the test of time (or the change in age of the reader.) But this one did, I loved it as much or more than the first reading 40+ years later!

What other book might you compare The Cowboy and the Cossack to and why?

Any great coming of age or western. It is actually my favorite of both.

Have you listened to any of Phil Gigante’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I have not, but I thoroughly enjoyed listening to him and would gladly do so again.

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  • Michael Burton
  • 09-01-2013

Excellent!

What made the experience of listening to The Cowboy and the Cossack the most enjoyable?

Wonderful surprise to see this come out in audio format. Buccaneer press re-released this a few years back, in a library edition, and was happy to replace my lost paperback edition. The audio edition was a great way to reread it.

What did you like best about this story?

Courage, danger, humor, growth. A coming of age story, for a younger member of the cattle drive.
There's a reason they made several of Huffaker's books into movies ... they have the ethic, and spirit you expect in a classic western.

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  • G. S. Harris
  • 22-11-2014

Yee Haw, What a Great Read!

Nancy Pearl says in the introduction that she hates the expression about a book that "transcends it's genre," but says she has to use it for this book. I certainly see why. I am not a fan of Westerns, but I'd love this book no matter what genre it was in. Why hasn't this "novel" concept been made into a movie? I loved the story, and as someone who considers herself well-read and demanding of quality, I have to admit that I don't know if this book is well-written or not--all I know is that I was so engrossed I couldn't put it down, I sometimes laughed out loud, and I loved and grieved with the characters, felt moved by events and even held my breath with the tension. The narrator was surely one of the best to make all those characters come alive. I already miss them.

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  • Dmc r
  • 14-06-2014

Solid, good story

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This story rolls along with sprinklings of philosophy and human interactions sprinkled so unobtrusively and inoffensively sprinkled in. AND it is expertly performed! What a pleasure!

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  • S. T. Terry
  • 04-10-2018

Unexpextedly outstanding

Wow! What a great read. Strong, excellent characters. Also, strong, excellent philosophy. I'll look for it in hardback as I would love to hae it for my shelf.

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  • IW - female - 61
  • 06-05-2017

It's a foul-mouthed, tender, wild ride

Would you consider the audio edition of The Cowboy and the Cossack to be better than the print version?

I didn't Read this book

What other book might you compare The Cowboy and the Cossack to and why?

I listened to a book called Take Me WithYou. It's about this man who takes two boys who he doesn't even know on a road trip at their fathers request. Their father is a drunk and the man taking them on the road trip gave them a good example of a good man. It change their lives. The leaders of the cowboys and of the cossacks in the subject book could also be seen as examples to rise to by the men they were leadimg.

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This is a pretty old Book about cowboys written by a woman. I don't know what The appeal was to me. I had this on my wish list for over a year, and I kept looking at it. Maybe part of the appeal was to read something older that was less tainted by what appears to me to be a more selfish and vulgar and hectic Zeitgeist of the current day. I was not disappointed. These two groups of men were of different nations and, upbringings and were instinctively suspicious of each other, but given the chance, they came to work together and to befriend each other in spite of their cultural differences. The story moved right along and had a lot of well described adventure to it. The author allowed us to feel the strain of the people of the Russian nation of the period, portraying them sympathetically as humans stuck in a bad situation. I think this tale may be a little naive, but I like it this way. I liked that their heads didn't Explode when they disagreed. It's a foul-mouthed, tender, wild ride of a book.

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  • Casey
  • 15-02-2017

One of my long time favorites .

This book is one of my long time favorites and a friend I come to visit.

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  • Judy J. Martinsen
  • 05-10-2016

Genuine Classic

A timeless classic. The narrator rises to the challenge of multiple characters and accents. Well done all around.

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  • Dickens Groupie
  • 28-06-2016

Entertaining Formula Western with Unique Setting

Western genre novels are about trail herds or gunslingers. This is a trail herd story set in Czarist Russia. American cowboys deliver a herd of Longhorns under the escort of a company Cossack soldiers. In addition to bad weather and wolves, the cowboys and Cossacks are beset by villainous Cossacks and by Tartars: lots of action and adventure along the way. Characters are the stock characters found in Western novels and films from the 40's yet written with care and attention. Occasionally, the story drifted into over the top sentiment, but overall an entertaining read. The narrator of the recorded version did a good job.

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  • maria
  • 29-05-2017

one of the best books ive ever read

didnt want it to end, it made me laugh and cry and it was beautifully narrated too (id already read the book)