Riders of the Dawn

  • by Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by Jim Gough
  • 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Early in Louis L'Amour's career, he wrote a number of novel-length stories for "pulp" western magazines. "I lived with my characters so closely that their lives were still as much a part of me as I was of them long after the issues in which they appeared went out of print," he said. "I wanted to tell the reader more about my people and why they did what they did." So he revised and expanded these magazine works to be published again as full-length novels. Here is one of these early creations that have long been a source of great speculation and curiosity among his fans. In Riders of the Dawn, a young gunslinger is changed for the better by a meeting with a beautiful woman. A classic range-war western, this novel features that powerful, romantic, strangely compelling vision of the American West for which L'Amour's fiction is known. In the author's words: "It was a land where nothing was small, nothing was simple. Everything, the lives of men and the stories they told, ran to extremes."

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Love Louis L'Amour

I don't know how he does it, each story is different, yet in all, one has the feeling of being there, right along with our hero. Whether listening or reading each character and setting can clearly be seen through the mind's eye. No wonder he's called the best story-teller of all time.

"Riders of the Dawn" is different than most of his stories I've read, with a woman playing a prominent role in the story.

The narrator gave a good performance.

I highly recommend it to all Louis L'Amour fans--and future fans.
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- Lady M

Boy! That was a fantastic story. Louis L'Amour

Would you consider the audio edition of Riders of the Dawn to be better than the print version?

Yes. I think I get more out of it with the audio version.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Riders of the Dawn?

The big fist fight I guess was the best.


What does Jim Gough bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is good at telling a story, and made it interesting that held my attention.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No I had to brake it down to three sittings.


Any additional comments?

Louis L'Amour's books are always good to read or to hear being read. I have read most of his stories, a lot of them when I was in Korea in the Army. We sure miss you Louis L'Amour.

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- Phares

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-18-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.