• Saddlemates

  • By: Max Brand
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (414 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The mining certificates granting ownership of the Christabel mine that Edward Dugan inherited from his father had a face value of $250,000, but the mine itself had been declared worthless. Still, Henry Christian, the man that had sold them to Dugan's father, said he'd buy them back for $1,500.

Penniless, Dugan decided to walk the 3,000 miles from his home in Boston to the mine in the Southwest to check out the offer. But along the way he meets a travel companion named Red. Red knows Christian by reputation, and by another name: Bonanza Chris. He knows the only reason Bonanza Chris would buy the mine back is if he had discovered it was far from worthless. He decides not to abandon Dugan to negotiate with Bonanza Chris on his own, but not even Red can imagine how far Bonanza Chris will go to restake his claim on the mine.

©2018 Max Brand (P)2018 Blackstone Publishing

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Max brand great story teller

Louis lamour is a fine western author but I think max brand is a better novelist. His tales always have some original element that lifts them above the usual level of the genre. This is a very interesting story with a good ending after lots of twists and turns. Recommended

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A great yarn

As is often the case for Brand, the hero in this story is honest, physically powerful, and thought of as a fool by others. But the narrator is definitely not any of those things and this has more humor in it than any book I’ve read by Max Brand.

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good book

Great story, Max Brand has a way of making simple people, become heroic men. Slope reminds me of, Ronicky Doone

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Great little story

I really enjoyed this book from beginning to the end. Give it a listen, you will be glad you did.

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A Great Listen

You will not be disappointed. The narration is almost perfect except the ‘dimwit’ of the story has a collegiate accent.
It’s a story about friends, a teen, a simpleton and an old prospector helping each other against an evil villain who is set on stealing from the main character.
This story is not gory, nor are there any tragic incidents or cuss words a reader might find disturbing. This is definitely appropriate for young readers.
Don’t expect this read to be an epic tail filled with well historical facts and developed characters, ‘cause it’s not, it’s just a simple Max Brand story that’s a whole heck of a lot f fun.

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I have read this book and now listened to it.

enjoyed listening to this story. it's a story about friends, pards, I like the story

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Slope the Simple!

Edward Dugan inherited controlling shares of a gold mine, supposedly worth $250K, from his father. Unfortunately, the shares were now believed worthless. Henry Christian, the man who sold the shares to Dugan’s father, offers to buy the shares back for $1,500. So Dugan made his way to Potts Valley to meet Christian. On the way, Dugan meets “Red” who knew Christian as a swindler named “Bonanza Chris”. Red offers to accompany Dugan, who has now picked up the nickname “Slope”. The story continues as a fun romp with Red, Slope, and another new friend named “Blondie” matching wits with Bonanza Chris over the mine. It is a fun story with likable characters and witty dialogue. One issue was the last few chapters. The anxiety had me nearly pulling my hair out. You’ll know what I mean when you read/listen for yourself. I wasn’t impressed with the ending either.

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Love it!was unexpected!!

Totally love this story. I have listened to it twice !!!!! it is like a good movie, that you want to experience again.

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Great story start to finish

great story and narration once started it was hard to stop listening to the story

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Great

This was a wonderful find. Compelling story. Grover Gardner is a great narrator. Even a happy ending.