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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, John Bolen Narrator: John Bolen Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9781400179176
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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 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 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 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 Joy | 2/19/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia Davis | 2/18/2014

    " 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 Sue | 2/15/2014

    " Westerns get me every time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen M | 2/14/2014

    " Very dated with alot of prejudice towards Mormons. The basic story was good and although I figured out the end early on it still was a pleasant read to see how the author got you to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Gunn | 2/11/2014

    " Gotta luv Mr. Grey. The goodness of Man always wins out in his stroies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faith Barr | 2/10/2014

    " Phenomenal story. Though I generally avoid bloodshed, this is a perfectly crafted combo of adventure and romance. A Shakespearean plot that reaches joyous and surprising conclusions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jocelyn | 2/7/2014

    " Good writing, just not my cup of tea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam Stauthamer | 2/4/2014

    " That quintessential element of the lone good guy that might just shoot you weighs heavy in this book. And perhaps because this book is the originator of the Western genre none of it seems rote. The themes of a man stuck around alien people (mormons) is not as compelling as the author's intense description of landscape and how that landscape shapes all those it envelopes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua | 2/2/2014

    " have read this 3 times at least. not necessarily pc, but fuck pc. zane grey loves the red desert, and this is a beautifully written love story, a love affair with landscape. well written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Edmond Porter | 2/1/2014

    " I had heard a lot about Zane Grey westerns and wanted to read one. While his descriptions are pretty good and he can tell a story his historical accuracy is deficient. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faith Barr | 2/1/2014

    " Phenomenal story. Though I generally avoid bloodshed, this is a perfectly crafted combo of adventure and romance. A Shakespearean plot that reaches joyous and surprising conclusions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendall | 1/29/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcia Ford | 1/29/2014

    " I finally finished this after months and months of work-related reading. It would never fly today, but Zane Grey gets a whole lot of points, and two stars, on the strength of his skill as a wordsmith. I know he still has a lot of fans, and I think it will be some time before traditional Westerns fall completely out of favor. I could forgive a lot of his missteps (occasional unrealistic dialogue and things like that), but the ending? Holy moly! That could be the worst ending ever, especially considering the popularity of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara | 1/28/2014

    " Zane Grey seems to be somewhat anti mormon without having really known Mormonism. Some of the things he says in the book about Mormonism is untrue. I tried to read up on how he did his research for his novel but I didn't come up with much. I really liked the story though... especially the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Gunn | 1/27/2014

    " Gotta luv Mr. Grey. The goodness of Man always wins out in his stroies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Long Williams | 1/27/2014

    " Story a little obvious but western writing is Grey's expertise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bev Coe | 1/25/2014

    " 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...) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 C.P. Lesley | 1/25/2014

    " Amazing in some parts, amazingly melodramatic in others. Great settings, great descriptions, great action, but laughable characters and dialogue. Not sure what to make of it, but I am glad I read it, as I have never read Zane Grey before (and probably never will again). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Megan | 1/24/2014

    " I read this after my dad's enthusiastic review. I hated it. My biggest problem is that I could not imagine the landscape the characters were traveling over, and since a great deal of the book is devoted to describing the surroundings, I was bored stiff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melodee | 1/24/2014

    " I had been looking forward to reading more by this author of classic Western tales, and I was not disappointed. This is not the deepest form of intellectual tale, but it is an enjoyable, diverting read just for the fun of it. There is plenty of hard-hitting gun play and equestrian action, which is what I read Westerns for. I definitely will read more Zane Grey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 1/21/2014

    " I was surprised I liked this, I didn't use to like reading westerns. Dan and Carlos love Zane Grey's books. I decided to read this one of Zane Grey's, when I was riding with Dan and did not have anything else to read. I would have liked it more but, I do not like reading about murder for vengeance, otherwise I would have given this book a four. Now I will read the sequel and hope it is as good or better than this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy Howard | 1/21/2014

    " Read a lot of the zane grey books as a young teen. I was the only one of my friends who read westerns, sci fi, and fairy tales all at the same time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 1/16/2014

    " It seems to be such a famous example of the Western genre, so I wanted to read it. I had not read anything by Zane Grey before, so that also seemed compelling. In the end, much of it seemed cliche/classic genre fiction. However, it is my impression that he really created the genre and these cliches, so it's hard for me to separate out the book from its historical context. I loved the descriptions of the Southwest, probably my favorite part of the book. I probably won't read anything more of his, but I am glad to have read this classic book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan Peterson | 1/12/2014

    " I picked up the book because I'd never read a Zane Grey novel. I couldn't get through it. I really needed tightening, and the characters were pretty one-dimensional. Not my cup of tea. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 1/9/2014

    " Who knew there were so many ways to describe sagebrush? I think he thought of them all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorelle | 1/9/2014

    " A timeless story with that fires the imagination. Possibly the best chase on horseback in any book or movie I've seen or read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 1/7/2014

    " This was a very good story. A classic western by Zane Grey. Story of three people thrown together in Utah, Mormonism is paramount as a catalyst to the story. Characters were well drawn and the description of the western landscape made you feel a part of it. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the ending was a pleasant surprise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phillip Cushman | 1/7/2014

    " Zane Grey books are simple uncomplicated enjoyment. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joy | 1/3/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Taylor Edmonds | 12/30/2013

    " Sophomore Writing Class (high school) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 12/26/2013

    " Westerns grew out of Greek myth and the Homeric epics. After reading this novel, I'm more sure of that now than ever before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 12/25/2013

    " This Western Classic was published in 1912. It is a fictitious story of a girl named Jane Withersteen and her struggle with getting away from a Mormon polygamous community that is persecuting her. Jane's father wanted her to marry a certain local Mormon leader (Elder Tull), but she refused because she did not love him. The group highly persecuted Withersteen for not marrying Tull. Withersteen meets and falls in love with a bandit Mormon killer named Lassiter who convinces her to leave the community with him. There is a sub plot that is going on during this time with another man named Bern Venters and his caring for and taking care of a woman he accidentally shot. As Venters and Bess, the girl he shot, attempt to head East, they run into Withersteen and Lassiter who are heading West in their escape. The book is rather long, but is an interesting Western. It is not just a classic small town Western, but the novel covers vastly large geographic areas. Also, Grey's implementation of a religious conflict into a love story makes the book more interesting. Not all YA readers would take to this book, mainly because of its length. There are also some references to the Mormon church, some correct and others misleading, that would be unfamiliar to many YA readers. If someone liked Westerns, they would probably like this book. Also, those interested in adventure/romance or a feminist look at escaping from subjection and abuse may also like this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane Marie | 12/20/2013

    " Okay for the entire library. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Long Williams | 12/19/2013

    " Story a little obvious but western writing is Grey's expertise. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zinger | 12/17/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki | 12/16/2013

    " The first time I have ever read Zane Grey. What a terrific story teller he was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter Heinrich | 12/11/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chip Etier | 12/7/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug Dams | 12/4/2013

    " This was the first Zane Grey book I read, and probably the best of them. I enjoyed the story of revenge and the mystery surrounding the rider Lassiter. Zane Grey's description of places and people makes them seem real. It's a classic western story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorelle | 11/30/2013

    " A timeless story with that fires the imagination. Possibly the best chase on horseback in any book or movie I've seen or read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy | 11/28/2013

    " Zane Grey vividly painted the old West before Louis Lamour could write. If you like Westerns, Grey is the one to read. This one is my all time favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz Whittaker | 11/28/2013

    " Disappointed in the writing but loved the story line. I have seen the purple sage and it is beautiful. It just does not deserve three pages of description repeated over and over. Sorry Zane Grey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phillip Cushman | 11/15/2013

    " Zane Grey books are simple uncomplicated enjoyment. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erin | 11/13/2013

    " Also read this for a class. More of a romance than L'Amour. This novel had quite a bit of anti-Mormon sentiment. I didn't really enjoy the book much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paulette | 11/8/2013

    " 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 Jane Marie | 10/31/2013

    " Okay for the entire library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky Jo Gesteland | 10/26/2013

    " it never gets old :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Allison | 10/5/2013

    " I picked this up because I really like Betty Zane. This was not as good. I found most of the characters to be fairly annoying and the plot rather contrived. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nori | 9/27/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 9/22/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Granny | 8/27/2013

    " Zane Grey's novels made me swoon in junior high school! Makes me nostalgic to think about them. I longed to be a modern day cowgirl, until I went riding a few times with friends and realized the sad truth -- that horses were born to try and kill me! Sigh..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin Flaharty | 8/15/2013

    " A beautiful and grandiose portrait of frontier life if at times a little too verbose. ;D "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rapidio | 8/5/2013

    " not my bag. read about 5o pages had to put it down. And a purported classic, too. meh "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kecia | 7/18/2013

    " 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 Margaret | 6/28/2013

    " I loved Zane Grey's ability to describe scenes and also the emotional environment. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this book. My mother had loved his books and had read all of them. So, my reading them brought me closer to her memory, she passed away back in 2005. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rapidio | 4/15/2013

    " not my bag. read about 5o pages had to put it down. And a purported classic, too. meh "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ross | 3/31/2013

    " Rediculous to a modern reader "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 3/28/2013

    " This gets four stars because...well, I don't know... Maybe because the phrase "Meanwhile, back at the ranch" really does appear in the book. A book with polygamist Mormons and crossdressing girls in the first few chapters? Bring it on, Mr. Gray. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 3/24/2013

    " The archetypal Western novel that led to a much celebrated modern genre; not to mention a powerful statement against religious extremism and it's tendency to marginalize women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 2/1/2013

    " 1871, Utah, female heroine, cattle ranchers. Probably for female readers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rapidio | 1/13/2013

    " not my bag. read about 5o pages had to put it down. And a purported classic, too. meh "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robin | 12/27/2012

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 TJ | 12/25/2012

    " Started off interesting but got slow and bogged down by the end "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 12/12/2012

    " 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 Ramona | 12/6/2012

    " Classic Zane Grey. Love it! A great western that gives insight into the frontier life. Set in southern Utah. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy | 12/3/2012

    " Zane Grey vividly painted the old West before Louis Lamour could write. If you like Westerns, Grey is the one to read. This one is my all time favorite. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 11/25/2012

    " A book as cheesy as its title. I'm not a reader of westerns, but I thought I'd try one. Stereotypes abound, as do flat characters with weak motivation and predictable action. Read a plot summary and save yourself 12 hours you'll never get back. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie | 11/14/2012

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mimi | 10/30/2012

    " I enjoyed this western more than I thought I would. The book reminded me of the westerns that came on Saturday afternoon tv when I was growing up. The book had a little drama, a little romance and some rustling :) Religious prejudice concerning Mormonism was also a central theme in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack Malone | 10/21/2012

    " Very good book. Have read it twice now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greta Stough | 10/17/2012

    " Ever wonder where the supermarket romance's urgent anthropomorphic landscape and tardy heroine self-realization come from? Well, look no further. Zane Grey was the most successful American author in the first half of the 20th century. Applaud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Skylar Hatfield | 9/29/2012

    " I love Westerns. I love Southern Utah. I loved this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angelyn | 9/19/2012

    " I'ts a great western, but I think I like Louis Lamour better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Beams | 7/28/2012

    " I love this book. it is SO good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mercedes | 7/17/2012

    " My absolute favorite Western and that is saying alot because they aren't my first choice. I can still recall the thrill of the race that comes towards the end. If authors can be said to reflect the likes and dislikes in their books then Zane Grey was not too fond of Mormons. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rose Gowen | 7/14/2012

    " Totally ridiculous. A romance novel in boots. There's a pun to be made here about purple prose, but I won't. Still, I'm glad I read it. I was glad to read an early example of the Western genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri Heyer | 7/7/2012

    " I've read this book so many times I've lost count. Obviously it's one of my all-time favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susie Webster-toleno | 6/2/2012

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 6/1/2012

    " A book as cheesy as its title. I'm not a reader of westerns, but I thought I'd try one. Stereotypes abound, as do flat characters with weak motivation and predictable action. Read a plot summary and save yourself 12 hours you'll never get back. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cherie | 5/27/2012

    " This is such a classic Zane Grey story. I cannot imagine never reading this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry | 4/13/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. Just picked it up out of curiosity because I had not read a Zane Grey book, but I was pleasantly surprised how good the book is and enjoyed his beautiful descriptions of Utah. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mercedes | 4/5/2012

    " My absolute favorite Western and that is saying alot because they aren't my first choice. I can still recall the thrill of the race that comes towards the end. If authors can be said to reflect the likes and dislikes in their books then Zane Grey was not too fond of Mormons. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy Brandes | 1/23/2012

    " I'm glad to be finally done and won't venture down this trail again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Kirking | 12/15/2011

    " I love the expressiveness and color of Zane Grey westerns. This is one of his very best. If you have a love of good western fiction woven into the tapestry of the old Southwest with its canyons, desert, passions and scoundrels, you need to read this and others in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monty David | 12/4/2011

    " the story was intriguing however, I was put off by the unmitigated bias against the Mormon faith. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 C.P. Lesley | 10/17/2011

    " Amazing in some parts, amazingly melodramatic in others. Great settings, great descriptions, great action, but laughable characters and dialogue. Not sure what to make of it, but I am glad I read it, as I have never read Zane Grey before (and probably never will again). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney Haueter | 10/12/2011

    " Great western! One of my first experiences reading a western & I really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mercedes | 9/30/2011

    " My absolute favorite Western and that is saying alot because they aren't my first choice. I can still recall the thrill of the race that comes towards the end. If authors can be said to reflect the likes and dislikes in their books then Zane Grey was not too fond of Mormons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liam | 7/15/2011

    " read it when i was 12 and again 2 years ago great descriptions of the american painted desert "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bev Coe | 6/6/2011

    " 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...) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen M | 5/20/2011

    " Very dated with alot of prejudice towards Mormons. The basic story was good and although I figured out the end early on it still was a pleasant read to see how the author got you to the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Beams | 5/13/2011

    " I love this book. it is SO good. "

  • 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 Mara | 2/8/2011

    " Way more description of the land than the characters, and I never really understood why the main character acted the way she did, other than to cause problems for lots of other people. "

  • 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rose Gowen | 4/20/2009

    " Totally ridiculous. A romance novel in boots. There's a pun to be made here about purple prose, but I won't. Still, I'm glad I read it. I was glad to read an early example of the Western genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Borud | 10/28/2008

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jocelyn | 10/7/2008

    " Good writing, just not my cup of tea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seena | 7/25/2008

    " 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 Long Williams | 10/30/2007

    " Story a little obvious but western writing is Grey's expertise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liam | 8/29/2007

    " read it when i was 12 and again 2 years ago great descriptions of the american painted desert "

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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.

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.