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Author: Louis L'Amour Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9781455195893
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Louis L’Amour said that the West was no place for the frightened or the mean. It was a “big country needing big men and women to live in it.” Here are three more of his fine short stories about the West.

West of the Tularosa
Ruth Kermitt, owner of the Tumbling K ranch, made a deal with old Tom McCracken, owner of the Firebox spread, to buy his ranch. That’s why the Tumbling K’s foreman, Ward McQueen, and some of the Tumbling K crew have come to take possession. But in a deserted bunkhouse on the Firebox, they find the body of Jimmy McCracken, son of the former owner, who was clearly killed in a gunfight. Then, Sheriff Bill Foster shows up with a posse. Riding with that posse is Neal Webb, who claims that he owns the Firebox and that he’s got a transfer deed signed by Jimmy McCracken conveying that ownership. Webb seizes the opportunity to accuse Ward McQueen and his men of killing McCracken in order to claim possession of the Firebox. Despite his innocence, McQueen sees that he will have a tough time staying out of jail long enough to discover who the real killers are.

Home in the Valley
Steve Mehan had accomplished what many had believed to be impossible. He had taken cattle from the home range in Nevada to California in the dead of winter. Not only that, he had been successful in selling them. Now the money from the sale is on deposit with the Dake & Company bank in Sacramento. That $24,000 will save all five ranches in Paiute Valley that had supplied cattle for the drive. Mehan is feeling good about all of this when, to his shock, he reads in the newspaper that Dake & Company has failed. And there is one nasty hombre who is mighty happy to hear this. He sneeringly tells Mehan that those ranchers have lost out and since they can’t pay their debt—and he will become the new owner. But Mehan isn’t ready to give up. There is a bank branch in Portland, Oregon, and if Mehan can get to it and withdraw the money before the steamer boat heading for Portland arrives with the news of the bank failure, he wins. To do that, Mehan will have to start out immediately, hoping for stamina, luck, and a long relay of good horses to cover those hundreds of miles.

West Is Where the Heart Is
Jim London is on his way home. During the four years of the War between the States, he has not been home, seen his wife, Jane, or been able to send word of his whereabouts. For all she knew, he was dead. Fellows have told him she wouldn’t have waited for him, but London believes differently. Then, just two hundred miles from home, London comes across a burned-out wagon train. Nine wagons had been hit by the Comanches, and they left only a ruin behind: overturned wagons, dead livestock, ransacked belongings, and dead bodies strewn on the ground. Yet Jim discovers that not everyone is dead. He finds little Betty Jane, a five-year-old who had been able to hide successfully during the attack. The only thing to be done is for him to take her along with him. But during their journey, he discovers that the child knows something that no one else does.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “L’Amour is popular for all the right reasons. His books embody heroic virtues that seem to matter now more than ever.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A master storyteller…for reading under the stars.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “L’Amour is the kind of storyteller who makes the wolves come out of the woods to listen.”


  • “[L’Amour’s] characterizations, attention to detail, and well-placed surprises make his writing continue to resonate after half a century.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 7/17/2011

    " Enjoyable stories written well and read well also. Listened to the Overdrive edition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marian | 2/7/2010

    " L'Amour is better than Zane Grey for a quick western genre. I enjoyed these 8 short stories splashing cowboy wisdom up and down my caretaker's spine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/16/2009

    " good writing and great narration on the audio book. not a genre i usually like, and the stories were very predictable but still well written "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hannah | 9/18/2009

    " I am confused by the 4+ rating for this book. Did I read the same book? It was forgettable -- characters, writing, Plot. Forgettable. I have yet to read a cowpoke book that I really enjoyed, but I'm still looking. "

About the Author

Louis L’Amour (1908–1988) was an American author whose Western stories are loved the world over. Born in Jamestown, North Dakota, he was the most decorated author in the history of American letters. In 1982 he was the first American author ever to be awarded a Special National Gold Medal by the United States Congress for lifetime literary achievement, and in 1984 President Reagan awarded him the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the nation. He was also a recipient of the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award.

About the Narrator

Mark Bramhall has won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, more than thirty AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has repeatedly been named by AudioFile magazine and Publishers Weekly among their “Best Voices of the Year.” He is also an award-winning actor whose acting credits include off-Broadway, regional, and many Los Angeles venues as well as television, animation, and feature films. He has taught and directed at the American Academy of Dramatic Art.