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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (82 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Zane Grey Narrator: Jim Gough Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455178698
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The Desert of Wheat is a thrilling and romantic tale of sabotage in the wheat fields of the Pacific Northwest during World War I.

Young farmer Kurt Dorn is torn between going to France to fight the Germans or staying in America to be with the woman he loves and to protect his wheat crop against saboteurs who question his loyalties. He struggles to come to terms with his deepest beliefs and his place in the world.

In this passionate tale, Zane Grey, one of America’s most popular and enduring authors, captures the anxieties of a young country threatened by a foreign war and poised on the brink of a century of change.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jim Gough is the perfect reader for this story…He dramatizes moments of romance and ‘man’s inhumanity to man’ with his mellow style and baritone voice, which take the listener to a campfire where Westerners tell tall tales amid the beautiful Western landscape. Listeners, young and old, will enjoy Grey’s way with words and Gough’s relaxing cowboy drawl.”


  • “Readable and engrossing.”

    New York Times

  • “A vivid and exciting story.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis Hart | 3/20/2012

    " My grandfather was a machine gunner in this fight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 8/6/2010

    " good camping reading.... read it while in eastern Washington which gave me some perspective as far as climate, etc. was concerned. Interesting take on the labor unrest caused by the IWW prior to WWI. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phillip Cushman | 12/2/2009

    " Very much enjoyed this book from a later time than most of Zane Grey's work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/8/2008

    " I felt like this book fit well with the Mary Roberts Rinehart books I'd read in the week or two earlier. It is a different perspective on the war and the war time issues. This focuses on the western state experiences instead of the east coast. "

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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

Jim Gough’s distinctive voice is well known in the Southwest through his hundreds of commercials and radio shows. He has also appeared in such feature films as Urban Cowboy, Places in the Heart, and JFK. A native of Austin, Texas, he can also be found entertaining with his western swing band, the Cosmopolitan Cowboys.