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3.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 5 3.62 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Zane Grey, Michael Prichard Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ohio River Trilogy Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781400179282
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The Last Trail is the third and final novel in Zane Grey’s Ohio River trilogy. In many ways, this concluding volume of the saga is one of perpetuation. The wilderness along the Ohio has been rapidly disappearing. Forests have been replaced by farms. Woodsmen, hunters, and frontiersmen are becoming farmers. This is true, in fact, for almost everyone except that strange and wonderful character, the “mysterious, shadowy, elusive man, whom few pioneers ever saw, but of whom all knew”—Lew Wetzel.

Known by the Indians as Death Wind, Wetzel and his partner, Jonathan Zane, are hard on the trail of white rustlers led by Simon Girty and Bing Leggitt. One night at their campfire, Helen Sheppard and her father, who have become lost in the forest on their way to Fort Henry, are approached by Wetzel and Zane. For Zane and Sheppard, this accidental encounter is the beginning of a romance that will be fraught with many dangers. Betty Zane, whose dash for gunpowder in the defense of Fort Henry during the Revolutionary War is now legendary, and her brother, Colonel Ebenezer Zane, are also among the characters in The Last Trail—older now, sharing their wisdom and experiences with a younger generation.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise Derocher | 1/1/2014

    " Owned by my mother when she was a girl in the early 1940s! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zachary Stewart | 1/1/2014

    " It hasn't aged very well in its views on native peoples. Interesting though that West Virginia was the west to be won. I think we forget that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth Rudibaugh | 12/16/2013

    " Not a typical book for me but really good. Taken place back when settlers were just moving west to Ohio. Book encompasses what life was like back then, encounters with Indian tribes and even a little romance included. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurinda Wallace | 11/24/2013

    " A different setting than most of Zane Grey's westerns. This is Ohio at the time it was considered the West. Predictable and slow, but it's a nice break from contemporary fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danzaiss | 9/7/2013

    " This book concludes the trilogy that began with Betty Zane, followed by The Spirit of the border. A spirited and captivating story of pioneer life on the U.S. borderland (Wheeling, West Viginiia - from a time that predates the creation of WV). Very good descriptions on the wilderness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bee | 8/17/2013

    " I read a lot of Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour when I was in my early teens, thanks to my dad. 'The Last Trail' is my favorite Zane Grey. I did try to read it again as an adult a couple of years ago and it didn't hold quite the same charm, which made me a little sad. I still love them, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mom/aka:Annette | 7/19/2013

    " Entertaining -- for the coboys-and-Indians genre I was pleased at his writing. Old fashioned yes, romance very proper, excellent "wild west" descriptions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vickie | 3/12/2013

    " i love historical fiction in almost any form. Betty Zane is the true story of one of Zane Grey's great, great, (something) grandmothers who settled the wilderness back in the 1600s. The writing is dated, but still a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 2/7/2013

    " not a book i would usawally read but im really glad i did : ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 4/30/2012

    " This novel by Zane Grey is not a Western, but is post-Revolutionary War and focuses on the white settlers seeking to clear out the Ohio Valley of maurading Indians and outlaws which plagued the settlements on the new frontier. Interesting. Grey held my attention with this work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 8/27/2011

    " In this typical western, the good guy gets the bad guys and wins the girl. Enough said! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimbolimbo | 8/21/2011

    " If you ever want to make sure you have a GREAT book to listen to on a long drive you'll never go wrong with a Zane Grey book. Everyone in the car will get caught up in the action and romance. This was another fun book to listen to while performing mundane tasks at work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryce D | 6/11/2011

    " Got it free on the kindle and was very surprised. It is a great book. Anyone will like this one. Not just a western lover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Crandell | 4/1/2011

    " Hey, this is a well written western. There is romance, danger, and a happy ending. It is set around Fort Pit, and involves woodsmen rather than cowboys. If you like the mountain man theme, you'll enjoy this one. I sure did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 2/9/2011

    " Not a typical book for me but really good. Taken place back when settlers were just moving west to Ohio. Book encompasses what life was like back then, encounters with Indian tribes and even a little romance included. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 1/24/2011

    " Hey, this is a well written western. There is romance, danger, and a happy ending. It is set around Fort Pit, and involves woodsmen rather than cowboys. If you like the mountain man theme, you'll enjoy this one. I sure did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danzaiss | 1/19/2011

    " This book concludes the trilogy that began with Betty Zane, followed by The Spirit of the border. A spirited and captivating story of pioneer life on the U.S. borderland (Wheeling, West Viginiia - from a time that predates the creation of WV). Very good descriptions on the wilderness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vickie | 9/6/2010

    " i love historical fiction in almost any form. Betty Zane is the true story of one of Zane Grey's great, great, (something) grandmothers who settled the wilderness back in the 1600s. The writing is dated, but still a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimbolimbo | 3/11/2009

    " If you ever want to make sure you have a GREAT book to listen to on a long drive you'll never go wrong with a Zane Grey book. Everyone in the car will get caught up in the action and romance. This was another fun book to listen to while performing mundane tasks at work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/17/2009

    " In this typical western, the good guy gets the bad guys and wins the girl. Enough said! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bee | 4/17/2008

    " I read a lot of Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour when I was in my early teens, thanks to my dad. 'The Last Trail' is my favorite Zane Grey. I did try to read it again as an adult a couple of years ago and it didn't hold quite the same charm, which made me a little sad. I still love them, though. "

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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

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and six AudioFile Earphones Awards. He was named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. He holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.