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How the West Was Won

Narrated by: Joe Morton
Length: 9 hrs
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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They came by river and by wagon train, braving the endless distances of the Great Plains and the icy passes of the Sierra Nevada. They were men like Linus Rawlings, a restless survivor of Indian country who’d headed east to see the ocean but left his heart - and his home - in the West. They were women like Lilith Prescott, a smart, spirited beauty who fled her family and fell for a gambling man in the midst of a frontier gold boom. These pioneering men and women sowed the seeds of a nation with their courage - and with their blood. Here is the story of how their paths would meet amid the epic struggle against fierce enemies and nature’s cruelty, to win for all time the rich and untamed West.

©1965 Louis L'Amour (P)2011 Random House Audio

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  • Skaught
  • 08-03-2013

I thought the movie was good!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No wonder they made a movie out of this book! This book is outstanding! The fascinating lives of the family tree that begins out east and moves across the continent kept me hooked, wanting to keep listening to see how the story would unfold. I sat up late night at night skipping sleep to listen to the book, not wanting to stop but keep going. Great book, well written!!! Highly recommended!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-03-2020

Be CAREFUL! - Louis L'Amour is NOT the author

Apparently, L'Amour was tasked with either reading the screenplay, or watching the movie, in order to 'write' this book. James R. Webb wrote the screenplay, so, for me, he is the author.

I saw the movie as a kid, and liked it immensely, living in Tucson.

I have only listened to 3 other LL audiobooks, but it's CLEAR that the dialogue, characters and the story did NOT come from his wonderful mind. Oh, it does portray vignettes in history that give a sense of the winning of the West, the thread of time and families, but to me, much more shallow (gratingly so) on dialogue, much less depth of the characters.

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  • Kody
  • 08-10-2015

great

loved it. good story. in joyed how it jumped around to other people story. good book.

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  • Becky
  • 18-08-2011

Not the same.

My family and I love things about the west, so Louis L'Amour is one of our favorite authors and we have many of the audio books by him, this one just wasn't the same, it is kind of sad. It just isn't one of his best books.

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  • Dr. Joe de Beauchamp
  • 28-06-2020

Movie

this book was written off of the movie how the West was won. It was a good narration and also a good movie.

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  • Texvegan
  • 15-06-2020

Outstanding

Before I listened to the book. I would take the book over the movie, which I really enjoy , anytime.

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  • Dan Rose
  • 09-04-2019

superb performance; excellent historical fiction

Could easily distinguish characters. Captivating storyline with fast-paced plot. Next best thing to reading it myself!

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  • Mark Pitrone
  • 18-11-2018

Love Louis' stories.

Great story, well written, well presented. Lamour knows how to tell a story and keep the plot moving.

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  • Jeff
  • 14-07-2018

If you like the movie you will like

It’s great story, I wish it was longer. I will listen it it again. Worth it

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  • Robert McCutchen
  • 06-07-2017

Wow!

Short and to the point. This is basically all of the Sackett stories rolled up into one. Towards the end seemed a bit familiar, but rich with yarns that of which only LL can spin. Definitely in my top five. You'll thank yourself later for giving it a listen/read.

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  • Jenna in Spain
  • 21-05-2013

A fantastic read for western lovers

This is a seriously good audio book. The naration and storyline are excellent. A fantastic followup to the movie of the same name. Beware of the varmits!!!!!

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