Riders of the Purple Sage : Riders of the Purple Sage

  • by Zane Grey
  • Narrated by Jim Roberts
  • Series: Riders of the Purple Sage
  • 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Riders of the Purple Sage was one of the earliest works of Western fiction, and it played a significant role in popularizing Westerns. The novel tells the story of Jane Withersteen and her battle to overcome her persecution by members of her Mormon church. She does this with the help of her non-Mormon cowboy friends Bern Venters and Lassiter.

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Audible Editor Reviews

An early classic of the American Western genre, Riders of the Purple Sage continues to be a best seller today. Our heroine is Jan Withersteen, who lives in a small, peaceful Mormon community in Cottonwood, Utah. Trouble with cowboys, however, disturbs this peace, and this is where the adventures begin. Jim Roberts narrates the audiobook's vivid prose. His staid bass voice provides a balance to the story's extreme excitement.

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Good version

If you could sum up Riders of the Purple Sage in three words, what would they be?

A great classic


What other book might you compare Riders of the Purple Sage to and why?

Lots of other books by the same author


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

Did a very good job. Enough differentiation of the voices to know who is talking without going in to "cartoon voice" land. Narrator does not sound like a Westerner but that was find with me. I find genuine Western "twangs" very distracting after a while.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Big gunfight at the end.


Any additional comments?

I listened to samples of all the many versions and liked this the best. Made the right choice. Good listening experience

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- Herrick

Riders of the Purple Sage

This was the first Zane Grey novel I read. Over the years, I have read it at least three times. How fitting that in my twilight years, I have now heard it read to me. Be sure and follow it with the sequel, "The Rainbow Trail."
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- GRANDPA ARMSTRONG

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-04-2009
  • Publisher: Jimcin Recordings