A Texas Cowboy; Or Fifteen Years on the Hurricane Deck of a Spanish Pony

Read by David Wales

(4.3 stars; 100 reviews)

Charles A. Siringo was an American lawman, detective, and agent for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency during the late 19th century and early 20th century…. After taking part in several cattle drives, Siringo stopped herding to settle down, get married (1884), and open a merchant business in Caldwell, Kansas. He began writing a book, entitled A Texas Cowboy; Or Fifteen Years on the Hurricane Deck of a Spanish Pony. A year later, it was published, to wide acclaim, and became one of the first true looks into life as a cowboy written by someone who had actually lived the life.
- Summary by wikipedia and david wales (6 hr 8 min)


Spanish Pony

(4.5 stars)

Very enthralling account of personal life as lived. Active history of non stop cross country life. It does seem to drone on a bit. But a good real feel of survival. Based on true history it beats fiction.

A Texas Cowboy

(4.5 stars)

Enjoyable and informative memoir of a young Texas cowboy during post civil war era. Childhood in St Louis then Texas coastline and Gulf waters. Youth cattle ranch hand, ranging, cattle trail hand and boss, Indians. Chasing cattle rustlers, including Billy the Kid. Mentions of note Chisum, Goodnight, Pat Garrett and others. Insightful to a type of life led by some of that time and places. Missouri, Louisiana, Texas, Indian Territory / Okahoma, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Mexico, Arizona. 1870's and 1880's.

A very realistic look at the life of a cowboy

(5 stars)

The reader did an excellent job and the stories related gave a true impression of life in cattle country post civil war.

(5 stars)

If u live in Texas this guy is a legend

Thrilling Adventure read by monotonous voice

(3 stars)

The tale is said to be authentic but largely seems imaginary owing to the many instances of survival of the author through incredible odds of starvation, dehydration, accident and just plain "how could that be possible in one so young and inexperienced?" . Still, i found it 5-star worthy, but rated it at 3 stars because i did not at all care for the speaking style of the "reader" who enunciated clearly but in a plodding and monotonous inflection or rather lack thereof, causing this listener to feel quite heavy-lidded without reading a word. His speaking style would be better suited to religious texts.


(5 stars)

Very enjoyable, from my POV on the boat deck of a great Dane. Thanks Mr. Wales