The Log of a Cowboy

Read by Richard Kilmer

(4.7 stars; 276 reviews)

The Log of a Cowboy is an account of a five-month drive of 3,000 cattle from Brownsville, Texas, to Montana in 1882 along the Great Western Cattle Trail. Although the book is fiction, it is firmly based on Adams's own experiences on the trail, and it is considered by many to be the best account of cowboy life in literature. Adams was disgusted by the unrealistic cowboy fiction being published in his day; The Log of a Cowboy was his response. It is still in print, and even modern reviewers consider it a compelling classic. The Chicago Herald said: "As a narrative of cowboy life, Andy Adams' book is clearly the real thing. It carries its own certificate of authentic first-hand experience on every page." (Introduction by Wikipedia) (9 hr 54 min)


01 - Up The Trail 15:44 Read by Richard Kilmer
02 - Receiving 27:04 Read by Richard Kilmer
03 - The Start 18:10 Read by Richard Kilmer
04 - The Atascosa 25:25 Read by Richard Kilmer
05 - A Dry River 21:09 Read by Richard Kilmer
06 - A Reminiscent Night 20:36 Read by Richard Kilmer
07 - The Colorado 27:32 Read by Richard Kilmer
08 - On the Brazos And Wichita 27:26 Read by Richard Kilmer
09 - Doan's Crossing 21:14 Read by Richard Kilmer
10 - No Man's Land 35:06 Read by Richard Kilmer
11 - A Boggy Ford 28:34 Read by Richard Kilmer
12 - The North Fork 15:36 Read by Richard Kilmer
13 - Dodge 35:53 Read by Richard Kilmer
14 - Slaughter's Bridge 33:56 Read by Richard Kilmer
15 - The Beaver 12:12 Read by Richard Kilmer
16 - The Republican 26:58 Read by Richard Kilmer
17 - Ogalalla 27:03 Read by Richard Kilmer
18 - The North Platte 20:17 Read by Richard Kilmer
19 - Forty Islands Ford 31:03 Read by Richard Kilmer
20 - A Moonlight Drive 30:29 Read by Richard Kilmer
21 - The Yellowstone 31:55 Read by Richard Kilmer
22 - Our Last Campfire 21:49 Read by Richard Kilmer
23 - Delivery 26:47 Read by Richard Kilmer
24 - Back To Texas 12:47 Read by Richard Kilmer


Fantastic! Loaded with authenticity!

(5 stars)

This is a stellar story about a wide range of things that happened on an extended cattle drive -- both the ordinary and the extraordinary. Five months' worth of stories, as they travelled from the Mexican/Texas border all the way north to Montana. You'll learn way more than you ever could from watching a string of westerns. I enjoyed every mile of their adventure, with the exception of the bears near the very end. I highly recommend this to everyone! And this Librivox volunteer did a fantastic reading job as well :)

great reader pleasant old time book

(4 stars)

the reader is excellent and easy to understand. the book is a true account and has all the classic features of a cattle drive. drought, campfire tales, stampede, indian etc. Not really exciting, but holds your interest. good book for young and old readers alike.

A real cowboy

(4 stars)

A 3000 mile cattle drive from Texas to Montana in 1882 narrated by someone who knew. For those of us whose knowledge of the cowboy comes from Hollywood, this is a wonderful eyeopener to the hardships, skills, and intelligence of this now lost breed of men. Many thanks to the reader. TheBookworm (Manchester, UK)


(5 stars)

A thoroughly interesting adventure, all the more enjoyable because of its factual nature. I learned a lot about thue cattle drives and the amazing amount of different challenges which had to be met daily. Many thanks to the author for his low-key distribution of knowledge, and kudos to Richard Kilmer for making it real.

Sounds like my Grandpa

(5 stars)

Wonderful real life story. My Grandpa had the life of a real Texas cowboy and man. We lived together in the old home ranch in Texas. It was the best life four kids could had. This story sounds like my Grandpa telling us about his growing up days.

History of a Cattle Drive

(4 stars)

EXCELLENTLY read log of a real cow drive. It was so interesting and informative and I was struck by the grit and the spirit of the men who were able to endure this life and create the foundation for growth of America.

Log of a Cowboy.

(5 stars)

This is a very detailed account of what it was like to work a cattle drive in the past. I spent several nights listening to the narration and enjoyed it a lot.

Great Book!

(5 stars)

I thoroughly enjoyed this account of the real life cowboy... it was informative and even funny at times. Richard does an excellent job reading too. Made for great, end of the day listening...very relaxing.