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Stand-Alone Title
The Man Who Rode Midnight

by Elmer Kelton
Jan 1, 2013
7 Hours
Ages 13+
Aging cowboy and bronco-buster Wes Hendricks just wants to be left alone on his poor ranch, even when town developers offer him big money to sell it. Wes's grandson reluctantly tries to convince him to give up his home, but that was before he, too, succumbs to the ranch's--and a young cowgirl's--wild beauty.

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Director & Cast

Director Terence Aselford
Starring Terence Aselford, Evan Casey, Christopher Graybill, Casie Platt, Tim Carlin, Thomas Keegan, Joe Brack, Dylan Lynch, Lily Beacon, Kimberly Gilbert, Elizabeth Jernigan, Michael Glenn, Faith Potts, Ren Kasey, David Coyne, David Harris, Ken Jackson, Bobby Aselford, Nanette Savard, Johann Dettweiler, Bradley Smith, Colleen Delany, Christopher Scheeren, Richard Rohan and Mort Shelby
Book Adapted for GraphicAudio by Timothy Lynch
Dialogue Editors Damyon Richardson and Brian Rogers
Sound Designers Damyon Richardson and Brian Rogers
Additional Original Music Thomas Hogan and Johann Dettweiler
Cover Illustrator Jahbulani Ori
Producers Richard Rohan and Duane Beeman
Executive Producer Anji Cornette


Review by Bos (Posted on 8/10/2018)
this is such a great story, one of my favorite and the funny thing there is no action just awesome storytelling. love it.
Great book by Nathan (Posted on 3/12/2016)
As always GA did a great job on this book. I really enjoyed it.
the man who rode midnight by shelton duncan (Posted on 4/27/2015)
I thought the actors were great and the story line terrific. wish there was more.
Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award by AudioFile Magazine (Posted on 8/20/2013)
Terence Aselford and cast pour atmosphere and empathy into this warmly human story set in West Texas in the 1980s. Wes Hendricks is a crusty 77-year-old rancher who loves his land and his animals. He refuses to sell out to those who want his property: developers; his grandson, Jim Ed; and a charismatic cowgirl named Glory B., who is Jim Ed’s love interest. The myriad sound effects and mellow accompanying music blend to form a strong production. In the same way, the story harmoniously brings together Wes’s traditional life on the land and Jim Ed and Glory B.’s innovations in ranching. The theme is the generation gap, and (spoiler alert!) a wonderful compromise is realized in the end. Listeners will enjoy the emotional roller-coaster ride. S.C.A. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine
Review by Barney McCasland (Posted on 5/23/2013)
The Man Who Rode Midnight is a book that I read and enjoyed so much that I pestered GA on several occasions to produce it. Whether or not they were responding to my urging or they were already planning to produce it as part of their Elmer Kelton Series I don't know, but I do know that they did the book justice and then some. I imagined Evan Casey as the voice of the grandson and was pleasantly surprised to find that GA had in fact cast him in that role. Both he and the rest of the cast knocked this one out of the ball park.

The Man Who Rode Midnight is not a shoot-'em-up western, but it is a really good book and I think anyone who likes Graphic Audio and good stories should like this one. Here's hoping for two more favorites from Elmer Kelton: Cloudy in the West and The Pumpkin Rollers. Keep up all the great work, GA!

Review by Lee Rademaker (Posted on 5/23/2013)
I am embarrassed to admit, even though I over well over 100 titles from Graphic Audio, I often fail to review a product. The exceptions to this is has been titles by Elizabeth Moon.

The Man Who Rode Midnight is a story of discovery. As soon as Tater steps off the bus in his grandfather's home town, he begins a life-changing journey.

Along the way he finds exactly who and what he is, a love who has been deeply hurt in the past, a grandfather he never knew, a love of the land, and the courage to meet the future! Along the way, he runs into greed, violence, and a culture totally foreign to him.

The Man Who Rode Midnight is a study of human behavior. It has a wonderful plot and sub-plots, and spends a lot of time in the development of the characters! The Grandfather's life story slowly emerges as Tater's perspective of life and of things, begin to emerge.

This is a wonderfully acted story about real people, and survival in a world that has lost its moral compass. This is a story one can listen to over and over again, to glimpse a world that is slowing passing away. Enjoy!
Review by Johnny Tai (Posted on 5/23/2013)
The Man Who Rode Midnight is, simpy put, a heart-warming masterpiece in both story and production.

Unlike most other GA titles, this one is extremely tame, with barely any sex or violence- yet the story is so strong that it keeps one reading till the very end.

The relatively happy ending is in itself a surprise- a ray of sunshine in the darkness we expected, and it leaves us feeling fulfilled and hopeful.

It has a great deal of romance, but not in the sugary Danielle Steel way, and a goodly amount of humor.

Whoever played Wes the grandfather deserves a trophy, so does the one playing Jim Ed, and also Glory B.

The part where Jim Ed's laying in bed, just looking at the ceiling before waking up, GA gave us a minute of so of nothing but quiet guitar music- that was...so nicely done...it really made me feel like I was Jim Ed, just laying there, while the dawn's breaking...
Review by Wayne Noble (Posted on 5/23/2013)
This is a good story. I didn't like the ending as much as some of the others. It didn't end bad, but not like I wanted it too. I really liked the old man. Not really a western in the typical sense because the story was in the 80's. But it was good none the less.

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