• Beginner's Luck

  • By: Len Levinson
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (358 ratings)

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Beginner's Luck

By: Len Levinson
Narrated by: Fred Berman
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Publisher's Summary

He killed before he could shoot, kissed before he could love, won before he could lose. He was too green to live, too lucky to die. He was a natural, born to be a legend. Beginner’s Luck. Bastard son of an outlaw and a whore, handsome Duane Braddock, seventeen, stumbles off the stage into lawless Titusville and gets his first look at the real world just before he’s robbed. Two weeks out of the monastery that raised him, Duane can’t ride a horse, shoot a gun, and is defenseless against the wiles of Wild West life, such as warm whiskey, wanton women, and screaming lead. But within forty-eight hours, Duane is feared by every gunman in the country as the notorious, quick-shooting, tough-riding, hard-loving Pecos Kid. Before the week is out, his victims include the town’s best and worst: the richest man, the meanest gang, the fastest gun, the prettiest woman, and the greatest friend a lucky new cowboy ever had. How it all comes to pass is how real legends are born…
©1992 Len Levinson (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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One of the best westerns I’ve heard.

Amazing book, so well performed. Thank you, I am absolutely going to look for more titles by this author and performer.

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Great Series

Very well read. Reader truly makes the story come alive. Dare I say I like this author as much as Louis L. 5 stars across. If you like westerns, you love this author.

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  • 12-28-21

The Pecos Kid!

Duane Braddock, seventeen years old, is an orphan, raised in a Benedictine monastery high in the Guadalupita mountains. He was forced to leave for fighting with another acolyte. Duane was on the first journey of his life. Riding on a stage for the first time, he arrived in the town of Titusville. Lester Boggs, another passenger on the stage, graciously offered to buy Duane a steak dinner and to meet him later at the Crystal Palace. Duane was fascinated by the men, the guns, and the excitement of the town. Within four hours he was robbed, beaten, insulted, and humiliated. Singer, Vanessa Fontaine fills the romance role and adds the spice that was lacking. It is a good story. I liked it and recommend it.

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True Meaning of beginners luck

I loved it .Kept me cheering for the underdog the whole time. Is show that love and age doesn't matter

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Monk to Gunfighter

I enjoyed this book. It kept my interest throughout. I was glad to see it had a happy ending. God was definitely on the young Dwayne's side these past two weeks.

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Coming of age in the old West

The flow of the story was steady and easy to follow. The final gun battle was one of the best I've read.

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Too Much Sexual Focus For My Preference inWesterns

Too Much Sexual Focus For My Preference in western stories. The stretch of what's "believable" might be hard for some swallow.


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Language is a little much for me

I love westerns but couldn't get past the language. That is too bad. I'm not liking the way it is creeping into every genre.

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Beginner's Luck

This book was fun to read! A good boy learns to be a man in the old west.

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This could have been a good western story however it turned into a soft porn western story. Whether based on what it was like back then or not, it was too much for me. As usual with audio books, the performer gets too quiet and soft to be understood or heard. So the listener has to constantly be turning the volume up and down to hear the story.