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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,852 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Zane Grey Narrator: The St. Charles Players Publisher: Monterey SoundWorks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2001 ISBN:
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A lazy evening wind bends the sage as it passes. A lone coyote greets the dusk with a plaintive howl. Suddenly, the nearby canyon rings with the sound of echoing gunfire. There's been trouble for some time now, even before the stranger rode in. Cattle are disappearing. Good men have been killed.

Aroused by the distant thunder of rifles, the few riders that are loyal to the lady break for their horses. A stranger mounts his horse too, and becomes one of the riders heading toward the sound of the guns. Beliefs and passions become intertwined with betrayal and violence in this classic adventure tale. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter Heinrich | 2/13/2014

    " I don't think I've ever read any "classic" western fiction, so this was an experiment. It was actually pretty enjoyable. I mean, there weren't a lot of surprises, and it wasn't exactly PC, but it was diverting. I can see the appeal, even though I probably won't be reading any more of Grey's work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jered | 2/8/2014

    " I'm surprised at all the great reviews this book is getting. I had to stretch quite a bit to give it two stars. I gave it two stars only because some of the action was exciting, and Grey did get me to care about Lassiter and his quest for vengeance. However, I'm being generous. The story telling was pedestrian at best. The dialogue was so ridiculously melodramatic, it was all I could do to keep reading. The plot was filled with painfully obvious "mysteries" and fabulous coincidences that were painful to read. Simply not believable, nor well crafted enough to be called good literature. If all you want is a mindless western shoot-em-up (with a strange overwrought hatred of Mormons, by the way,) then this could be the book for you. That said, I'd suggest The Border Trilogy or The Oxbow Incident, if you want to read a western with some literary meat on its bones. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie | 2/4/2014

    " My special topics lit class this semester is "representation of mormons in literature and film." This was the first book we read and is was definately anti-mormon. Having said that, it was really entertaining if not a little frustrating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seena | 1/30/2014

    " This is a great book. I could almost smell the sage and see the place. I see why it has lasted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nori | 1/24/2014

    " Possibly his most famous book, but I still like "Nevada" better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 1/23/2014

    " I read this for the book club at our library. I'd not read a western for a long time, but I loved it. Love and hate, religion and horses, nature at it's best. A wonderful book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Henry Avila | 1/22/2014

    " Lassiter is a very angry man.His sister and only living relative, disappears from her home in Texas. (The only person he loves in the world) Kidnapped?Who knows,but the brother will search as long as it takes ,to find her.(Similar to The Searchers film) After years on the long weary road, the gunman discovers the sister, in an unmarked lonely grave, in southern Utah.The former cowboy seaks revenge, he has killed before, he will again .Complications occur when he meets Jane Withersteen , a rich landowner, he begins to stop hating .Lassiter reputation scares the areas small town .It's controlled by a religious sect, that doesn't like nonmembers. The townsmen keep trying to kill him but he's hard to eliminate.Jane hires Lassiter to prevent her cattle and prize horses, from being stolen.Did I mention all the vegetation is purple in the territory!Purple here, purple there ,purple everywhere!The inevitable showdown happens,with an unique ending.Is it paradise or death for the couple? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn Elise | 1/20/2014

    " Great companion book while driving through Southern Utah! My imagination was able to envision the canyons and Grey's sweeping landscapes much better after a week out west. The male characters were rich and well developed but I could never fully understand, or even like, Jane. A few predictable plot twists didn't ruin it for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendall | 1/12/2014

    " I found this book to be, first and foremost, anti-Mormon, and I am not Mormon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susie Webster-toleno | 1/12/2014

    " Part of my giving this book 5 stars is the fact that I listened to the audio version. I loved the reader, his way with voices, and his very Western rhythms. Fun story, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kecia | 11/13/2013

    " If you only read one book by Zane Gray this is the one to read. It's been over 20 years since I read it. I barely recall the plot, something about rogue Mormans. I recall thinking it was good rood for a western. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ME | 10/30/2013

    " Very good story. I liked it much more than I thought I would. I listened to this on a Playaway and followed along with my Dad's very old copy dated 1912 and thought of him reading this very book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zinger | 10/30/2013

    " The book would have been decent western, but Grey's animosity towards Mormon's made it more of a twisted Mormon bashing book unfounded on any logic. It would have worked if he had made the individuals corrupt rather than the religion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Ouderkirk | 10/1/2013

    " As always an excellent western "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa Tovatt | 9/26/2013

    " So, I am currently a teensy weensy obsessed with polygamy. Go figure, but this was in the card catalog as having "polygamy" as one of its subjects! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeri | 9/1/2013

    " Another unexpected new favorite. There's romance, religious hypocrisy, more romance, western style swashbuckling, (I LOVE a good swashbuckle!) and a satisfying ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 4/20/2013

    " I very much enjoyed this old classic western. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 3/28/2013

    " I was shocked by this famous book. It is incredibly, baldfaced, overt anti Mormon. Mormons are the bad guys, murderers, rustlers. This book was written and serialized in popular magazines in 1912. I can't help but think this opinion was commonly accepted among non Mormons in the early 20th century. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Borud | 1/20/2013

    " I love Zane Grey novels, but prefer those set in the mountains and woods instead of the barren desert. In addition, I don't care for the pervading Mormon influence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bev Coe | 8/2/2012

    " For a book that is considered one of the definitive works of the western genre, this seemed ridiculously heavy on the romance. But then, I have never claimed to be a fan of westerns (at least, not ones set in this galaxy...) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennie Marsland | 7/1/2012

    " This book, and others by Zane Grey, are responsible for my fondness for Westerns. Lassiter is a wonderful hero, the plot is complex and the descriptions vivid. It's a classic for a reason. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah-Lambert Cook | 2/25/2012

    " 'Riders of the Purple Sage' ... what can I say about you other than, "EXCELLENT!" You're a western that has a poetic way of describing the landscape, has a solid amount of adventure, and fascinating characters. You're a western for people who don't usually read westerns. Thumbs up, friend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chip Etier | 2/17/2012

    " My favorite Zane Grey book! Great characters, lots of action and even a romance. Learned about lot about bison and the hunters, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marla | 8/4/2011

    " A good western read includes interesting outside look of the Mormons of Southern Utah. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 GA | 5/11/2011

    " Very early western novel. Too much romance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 4/20/2011

    " I haven't read a Zane Grey novel in years, but I recalled from before that his descriptions of western landscapes were nearly epic. And so they are. Worthy reading for that alone. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robin | 3/12/2011

    " Ok, now I can say I've read one western. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 3/5/2011

    " I found this book to be quite an eye opener of the way the Mormons lived in Western Utah in the turn of the century. Breathtaking narrative on the landscape of the Sage plains and horsemanship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marla | 2/27/2011

    " A good western read includes interesting outside look of the Mormons of Southern Utah. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paulette | 2/17/2011

    " I am sure that my review is skewed by the fact that my dad and I each read so many Zane Grey and I have fond memories of my own cowboy father. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clay | 2/14/2011

    " I've been curious about this book for years. It was a fun read, but deserves all the criticism it receives. The writing is very hyperbolic and not in a good way. It is easy to see where it started so many Western cliches. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abby | 2/1/2011

    " I would be a liar if I said I did not enjoy reading this book at all.

    Beyond that, not so sure what to say. The plot, obviously, is somewhat bankrupt, not surprising for what it is. But, entertaining anyway. "

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About the Author
Author Zane Grey

Zane Grey (1872–1939), born in Ohio, was practicing dentistry in New York when he and his wife published his first novel. Grey presented the West as a moral battleground in which his characters are destroyed because of their inability to change or are redeemed through a final confrontation with their past. The man whose name is synonymous with Westerns made his first trip west in 1907 at age thirty-five. More than 130 films have been based on his work.