Louis L'Amour (1908-1988) is a world-renowned novelist and short story writer, noted primarily for his stories of the Western frontier. He was born in Jamestown, North Dakota, and led an active, world-roaming life as, among other things, a seaman, longshoreman, rancher, miner, lumberjack, and boxer before focusing on writing after World War II. L'Amour was awarded both the Congressional Gold Medal and the Medal of Freedom and is one of America's best-selling fiction authors.
The Louis L'Amour Collection One includes, in order:
"The Nester and the Piute" (19 minutes). Bin Morley, the nester, trails a bad and dangerous man to a violent confrontation. Short but good.
"Case Closed - No Prisoners" (51 minutes). Texas Ranger Chick Bowdrie is sent to Kimble, Texas, to investigate a bank robbery in which the banker was tortured and killed.
"Big Medicine" (28 minutes). Old Billy Dunbar is discovered and attacked by a band of Apaches while prospecting for gold with his two burros.
"His Brother's Debt" (43 minutes). Rock Casady, haunted by demons from his past, runs from a gun fight.
"West Is Where the Heart Is" (32 minutes). Jim London, heading home to New Mexico after the Civil War, is attacked by Comanches. Without a horse or weapon, he comes upon a girl, the lone survivor of a Comanche massacre, and continues home.
"Lit a Shuck for Texas" (39 minutes). The Sandy Kid, a ranch cowhand, discovers gold ore and a murdered man while rounding up a steer.
"Desert Death-Song" (36 minutes). Jim Morton joins a posse that is hunting his friend Nat Bodine, who is accused of robbing a stage and shooting the sheriff.
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Awful Narration of Wonderful Stories
Listening to Louis L'Amour stories is always time well spent. Unfortunately listening to Christopher Crennen narrate these wonderful stories served as Lenten penance.
Louis L'Amour's stories are always filled with characters brought vividly to life in exceptional circumstances.
As a listener of over 100 Westerns in my audible.com Library I will from now on look for Christopher Crennen as a narrator and avoid those titles. What a shame to miss good stories, but Crennen is just too tough to listen to. He offers a continuous monotone narrative and appears to be someone with no familiarity with the West. The last straw for me was when he pronounced fracas, pronounced with a long
Listening to Louis L'Amour Collection One inspired me to look for more of his great stories, but definitely with a narrator other than Christopher Crennen.
Happy Trails. David