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Reilly's Luck | [Louis L'Amour]

Reilly's Luck

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 cities of 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....
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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 cities of 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 touched upon Val’s nearly forgotten childhood, the woman who was Will Reilly’s lost love, and the violent future of a growing country.

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

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    Timothy Springfield, MO, United States 04-27-12
    Timothy Springfield, MO, United States 04-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edward United States 09-04-11
    Edward United States 09-04-11 Member Since 2006
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. B. Rollins Bullard, TX United States 10-29-13
    K. B. Rollins Bullard, TX United States 10-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "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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    Vohnna vidor, texas, United States 03-25-13
    Vohnna vidor, texas, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2009
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    "One of the best stories by Louis L'amour"
    What did you love best about Reilly's Luck?

    I love how the story starts in the west and then moves to the East & Europe. It is well written & totally captivates your attention.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Reilly's Luck?

    When Val meets his mother


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    Pauline Austin, Texas, United States 12-30-12
    Pauline Austin, Texas, United States 12-30-12 Member Since 2002
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    Would you listen to Reilly's Luck again? Why?

    yes - love Louis L'Amour - this one is very good book


    What did you like best about this story?

    Honor and real problem solving by characters. left you with good feelings


    Which character – as performed by Beau Bridges – was your favorite?

    Val


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    both


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    Lady M Peoria, AZ, United States 11-18-12
    Lady M Peoria, AZ, United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "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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    Mark Mission Viejo, CA USA 07-27-12
    Mark Mission Viejo, CA USA 07-27-12 Member Since 2010

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    "A boy who becomes a man of grest proporations"

    A book about a young boy not wanted by a severely selfish mother and the man who mentored him from a boy to a young man. Justice prevails from the West to Europe and back!

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    Angee Temple, TX 06-11-12
    Angee Temple, TX 06-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not what I'm used to for Lamour..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Reilly's Luck was not what I'm used to for Lamour but i enjoyed it anyway. I would recommend this to a friend because it kept you wandering what was going to happen next.


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    James Boyd 06-11-12
    James Boyd 06-11-12 Member Since 2005
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    What did you love best about Reilly's Luck?

    Louis L'Amour is the ultimate story teller. His development of the characters and the plot with his knowledge of the west, in this case, spins seamlessly together.


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    Becky Cherryville, MO, United States 08-18-11
    Becky Cherryville, MO, United States 08-18-11 Member Since 2011
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    This was a great book! Very easy to listen to, I just think his mom should have got something!

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