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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (342 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: 9781400179275
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Jim and Joe Downs came from Virginia—one led by the call of God, the other by a thirst for adventure. In the Ohio River Valley, the handsome young preacher and his rogue and charming brother entered a storm of Indian wars, white men’s treachery, and into the wilderness of a legendary fighter whose enemies knew him as the Deathwind. In this classic novel by America’s greatest Western writer, the true life and times of Lewis Wetzel—a character every bit as towering as Daniel Boone—is set against the extraordinary saga of Jim and Joe Downs. As the two brothers make very different choices, as one woman loves them both, they will both learn, win, and lose in the presence of a man larger than life—fighting a war all his own.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 7/18/2013

    " This book was written in 1906. It was amazingly easy to read, with good plot & contemporary style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danzaiss | 5/15/2013

    " Good story based on historical accounts of when western Pennsylivania was the frontier. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Denton | 3/25/2013

    " I've read many of Zane Grey's books and liked all of them except this one. The dialogue was so bad I could barely get through it. Wasted a couple of hours I wish I could get back. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianna | 2/20/2013

    " LOVE this Trilogy! Grew up on it, Wetzel has always been a hero of mine, makes you admire the american-indians and the frontiersmen for all they went through! Zane shows the strength of the settlers, as well as the injustice put upon the indians by many. A MUST READ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddy Allen | 10/15/2012

    " As the Revolutionary war draws to an end, the violence on the frontier only accelerates. The infamous Girty brothers incite Indians to a number to massacres, but when the Village of Peace, a Christian utopian settlement is destroyed, the settlers know they will have to hunt him down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee Scoresby | 9/28/2012

    " Terrific story, but yikes, misogyny at its best. Good, good Wetzel for killing Indians (unless they're Christians) - bad bad Indians for killing Wetzel and the nice Christian Indians. Nice character assassination of Simon Girty too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 8/8/2012

    " Only my second Zane Grey book. Like the last one I read, it's a fun piece of pulp fiction. I'm surprised how much some of it reminds me of Robert E. Howard's stories of Conan the Barbarian. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 8/7/2012

    " I don't know that I learned anything but I love reading Zane Grey. Very interesting characters with old fashioned values and wonderful character. Great horses. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise Derocher | 11/6/2011

    " Owned by my father when he was young in the early 1940s!! I have a Zane Grey from each of my parents - precious! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Torjohnson | 6/10/2011

    " Continuing the bloody Wetzel/Zane saga.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 3/20/2011

    " I thought this would be a simple teenage-level Western, but it was a much deeper story. A lot of bloodshed, a lot of characters died that you really felt bad about. It was a really sad book; I didn't expect that. But it was based on some true events after all. "

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

    " Good story based on historical accounts of when western Pennsylivania was the frontier. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianna | 2/25/2010

    " LOVE this Trilogy! Grew up on it, Wetzel has always been a hero of mine, makes you admire the american-indians and the frontiersmen for all they went through! Zane shows the strength of the settlers, as well as the injustice put upon the indians by many. A MUST READ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 8/24/2009

    " This book was written in 1906. It was amazingly easy to read, with good plot & contemporary style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 7/31/2009

    " I thought this would be a simple teenage-level Western, but it was a much deeper story. A lot of bloodshed, a lot of characters died that you really felt bad about. It was a really sad book; I didn't expect that. But it was based on some true events after all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 7/13/2007

    " I don't know that I learned anything but I love reading Zane Grey. Very interesting characters with old fashioned values and wonderful character. Great horses. "

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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.