Zane Grey's tale shines like the gold in this story. He deftly combines the contemporary history of the border uprising between the United States and Mexico with a fast-moving adventure tale. The prologue describes the finding of gold and the sad plight of the prospectors who discovered it. They will the treasure to the story's heroine. Dick Gale, an eastern college football star, and not much else, teams up with an old friend to rescue the girl and make a man of himself. The story will have your pulse pounding as if you were on a runaway pony to the satisfying conclusion of this extraordinary story.
Public Domain (P)2014 Jimcin Recordings
I have listened to a lot of audio books and this rendition ranks right up there with the best of them. I have found a new favorite narrator. I love Al Kassel's voice. His performance was flawless. I often have a problem with men doing women voices. They make the women voices harsh and very grating on the ears. All of the voices done by Al were pleasant and natural sounding. This novel is one of those that touches you deep in the soul and leaves something with you. Whether it be the horses, the magnificent scenery of the dessert or the very strong characters portrayed, you just can't let it go. I can't think of a book where just the prologue tells so much even before the book was started. I really enjoyed this book. You will never forget Lad, Dick, Gail and the beloved Yakki Indian to name a few. I thought for days of their flight over hot dessert lava. Their trek through the painful choya cactus. It was a very touching jorney.
I love the white horses. My favorite was Blanco Sol, Gail's horse. I could not get over how well Zane Grey describes the characters man and beast. I also love the Yaki Indian. He was intriguing.
Al gave a brilliant voice to many of the characters. I could just spend time imagining what is going on and really getting into the story. There were sections that described the horrible choya cactus. I googled these on my tablet while listening. I also research the Yakki Indians and saw that the descriptions in the book was a true portrayal of history. They were enslaved by the Mexicans.
I don't know. I hate to put something cliched on such a brilliant work. I would rather not.
This book was gifted to me. The opinions and thoughts expressed are my own.
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