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Extended Audio Sample Riders of the Purple Sage, by Zane Grey, John Bolen Click for printable size audiobook cover
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, John Bolen Narrator: John Bolen Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Initially published in 1912 and the first of Zane Grey’s many bestsellers, this stirring tale of adventure in the high country established the prototype for western novels of the twentieth century. The plot’s focus is a proud young heroine who’s determined to defend her Utah ranch. She stands alone against the villains who rustle and stampede her cattle—until a stranger rides into the territory. Notorious as the scourge of Mormon transgressors, the stranger stays on to assist in the inevitable showdown, and romance blooms amid the canyons and cottonwoods. A classic of American frontier fiction, Riders of the Purple Sage teems with color, authenticity, and thrills.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeri | 2/20/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kay Good | 2/20/2014

    " Not a typical "western" in my opinion, but had a much deeper context of the people settling the land in Utah. I found the connection between the cattle rustler and his "black masked gunman" (aka somewhat adopted daughter) to be unique. How could someone who made his living this way become attached to this girl enough to raise her as his own and protect her as he did? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Troy Soos | 2/20/2014

    " I've had half a dozen Zane Grey novels sitting on my bookcase for so long that I don't remember how or why they got there. So I decided to read one, and chose this title because it's supposed to be his best. Oh my, if this is his best I'd hate to read the others. I suffered through almost fifty pages and had to give up. The writing is so bad it's like unintentional humor - except that it's more like a bad pun than ha-ha funny. At least now I can give his books away and clear a little shelf space. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Joy | 2/19/2014

    " Riders of the Purple Sage felt very dated and stilted to me. "

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About the Narrator

John Bolen brings his extensive theater, film, and television experience to audiobooks. His work in film includes The Land, The Inn Outside the World, Dream Parlor, and the American Film Institute’s Women Directors Workshop short This Is Bill. His television appearances include “CIA: Masters of Deception” on the Discovery Channel. He has performed at many theaters in the Los Angeles area. He is also a playwright and a member of the New Voices Playwrights Theatre.