Man Riding West

Man Riding West

Streaming Audiobook - 2012 | Unabridged.
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No one tells tales of the frontier better than Louis L'Amour, who portrays the human side of westward expansion?the good and the bad?before the days of law and order. Here is one of the stories penned by America's favorite Western author with its text restored to the state of its initial publication in the magazine West in 1950. It starts out innocently enough when Jim Gary comes upon the trail camp of three men pushing a herd of cattle. One of the men has a shotgun, something usually not carried by men on a trail drive, but Jim asks for coffee anyway. Red Slagle, the ramrod of the outfit, is friendly enough?and even offers Jim a job riding herd. Jim can use the money, and the herd is moving the same direction as Jim, who is on his way to work for Mart Ray, an old saddle mate now foreman for the Double A brand. It's the same brand as that on this herd. In fact, the men even claim they are supposed to meet up with Mart Ray at the end of the drive. It's lucky for Jim that he happened along?or is it? Jim has his doubts and suspects the herd is stolen.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2012.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781455136001
145513600X
Branch Call Number: Internet Access
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 streaming audio file (56 min.)) :,digital.
Additional Contributors: Bramhall, Mark
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JohnnyArch
Nov 23, 2012

The caste for classic Western Novels has been successfully set in stone and established by Louis L’Amour paperbacks. This particular short story is all about cattle rustlers, corrupt sheriffs, killings, campfires and quick draws. What more do you want?
Louis L’Amour was essential reading in my childhood and somehow I’ve forgotten him for a long time. His yarns still appeal and entertain huge audiences regardless of age. A good Western is not only timeless but can cut across many generations. This author had the gift to consistently make that happen; for example
In 85’ my Brother Don, our Uncle Don and I went out on an impromptu motorcycle ride through the States. Our ages were 42, 70 & 25 respectively. The only real destination, in our Uncle Don’s mind, was the mythical town of ‘Shalako’ a recreation of an authentic Western town that was to be commissioned by Louis L’Amour. Louis’s fabled settlement was ordained to be situated on the crosshair borders of Arizona, Utah, New Mexico & Colorado. Uncle Don sub-consciously chose to disregard the ‘fabled’ part and was adamant we had to find it. Uncle being the elder we respectively, and merrily, acquiesced to the hunt. We never did find it, but that’s another story 
This particular short story was plucked from one of the many ‘volumes’ of Louis L’Amour ‘Short Stories’. He has penned hundreds of full length novels as well as short stories over the span of his literary career.
Although I will be reading many of Louis L’Amour Western classics, this review shall stand for all the upcoming short story adventures. Each is about 100 pages and takes you far away, if only for a few hours. You will be immersed in Wyoming sunsets or Arizona dust bowls with all the rootin tootin you can handle.
By John Archibald, November 2012

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