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Reilly's Luck

Narrated by: Beau Bridges
Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Val Darrant was just four years old the snowy night his mother abandoned him. But instead of meeting a lonely death, he met Will Reilly - a gentleman, a gambler, and a worldly, self-taught scholar. For 10 years they each were all the family the other had, traveling from dusty American boomtowns to the glittering cities of Belle Époque Europe - until the day Reilly’s luck ran out in a roar of gunfire.  

But it wasn’t a gambling brawl or a pack of thieves that sealed Will’s fate. It was a far more complex story that Val would soon uncover - one that would bring him face-to-face with the one person he least wants to see: his mother. With the help of a beautiful, street-smart rancher and the woman who was Will Reilly’s lost love, Val must close this last cruel chapter of his past before he can turn the page on an uncertain future.

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

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  • Lady M
  • 18-11-2012

Another Great Read By Louis L'Amour

This is a touching story about a man alone who raises a boy nobody wants, and taught him to be a man. An honest gambler, he and the boy travel in many countries, but it's the west they love.

The narrator gave a good performance.

A must read for L'Amour fans, or great as a first read for those unfamiliar with his stories.

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  • K. B. Rollins
  • 29-10-2013

One of my favorite stories

Would you consider the audio edition of Reilly's Luck to be better than the print version?

Not sure -- haven't read in print, but this audio version is truly engaging.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course it's Reilly -- to take responsibility for a young child and do an excellent job of parenting is outstanding.

Have you listened to any of Beau Bridges’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He is great in this one.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Figuring how to nurse Tensleep thru an injury -- engaging and easy to empathize.

Any additional comments?

I am a L'Amour fan. This one stands out in a strong field -- great character development and story line.

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  • Timothy
  • 27-04-2012

LaMour at his best

Would you listen to Reilly's Luck again? Why?

Yes, this book has surprizes in each turn and you see it clearer there you hear it.

What did you like best about this story?

Reilly's life becomes devoted to teaching the boy and nothing gets in the way of that devotion.

What does Beau Bridges bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A rough and brisc voice of believability.

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  • Docasgard
  • 04-09-2011

Glad this book is finally here!

I grew up reading books of Louis L'Amour. I have read this book 20 plus times. So when I saw it was available on audible, I jumped on it. Then to have Bridges narrate it, it was perfect. I just hope they keep making more of his books available, next I am waiting on is Flint!

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  • Novel lover
  • 04-11-2018

A Real Joy

This story of a small boy rescued, raised, and formed in character by a gambler--who himself presents a splendid and engaging hero--is Louis L'Amour at his best. A fine moral and complicated plot, in which both Will Reilly and the young boy who becomes a man, proceeds with action, tension, betrayal, empathy, and heart. Great narration. Really just loved it all.

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  • John R. Hansen
  • 18-03-2020

Really good story, well read by Beau Bridges.

Good guys, bad guys, well researched by Louis, Beau Bridges has a great western reading voice. I will listen to it again in the future,..
Highly recommend it.

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  • ReviewMistress
  • 08-02-2020

Get Lost in This Book

Four year old Val Durrant's mother orders his execution via dumping him out in freezing temperatures. Instead, Val's step father leaves him with young gambler Will Reilly who feels it's fate and that he must try his best to raise Val right. As they adventure east, west and across to Europe, he teaches Val friendship, love, loyalty, honor and a healthy dose of street smarts. Val grows up to be a kind and intelligent man but he's no fool. He makes smart decisions and life works out for him and we get a front row seat to his successes.

I loved this book; I was captivated within the first 2 minutes of the listen. I was so absorbed I would arrive at work and not remember the commute. This book was fast paced and the characters were interesting, including the bad people.

Beau Bridges was a great narrator of men, particularly the grisled hardened type. Beau was totally engaged with every character and his voice stayed strong the whole time. There are not many females that had dialogue in the book, which was good since Beau made every woman, including the young and beautiful, sound like an old granny who hangs out on the back porch, smoking tobackee.

This is one of the best books I've read in the last year.

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  • Dorin Birsan
  • 11-01-2020

Different from others, but stunning and brilliant

Different from The Sackets or the Chantries and Tallon series.. however this one is complete, action packed, original.. one of the best I have ever listened.. like the Comstock Lode, very solid, complete and brilliant book.

The narrator is perfect for this one. Loved every sentence!

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  • Rob
  • 11-01-2020

Absolutley loved this story!

I completely loved Reilly's Luck. I was captured from page one and didn't want to stop reading. LaMour was a brilliant writer. This story was full of interesting characters, high adventure, that perfect touch of romance, and an amazing historical feel for the old West. The story fulfilled every promise it made. I was quite satisfied by the end, yet actually wanted the tales of Val Durant to continue.

Beau Bridges did an amazing job telling this tale. I hope to find more tales that he has narrated.

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  • ASDQM1
  • 17-08-2019

Great book

Just a great book all the way around.

L’Amour is always a great author.

Unique characters and fantastic storyline.

Also wonderful narration by Beau Bridges

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  • P. S. Curtis
  • 19-07-2019

my favourite story ever

Reilly's Luck is my favourite story ever. I must have read it at least 10 times in my teens, and really enjoyed this audio edition. feast job Beau and co. Thanks.

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