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The Walking Drum | [Louis L'Amour]

The Walking Drum

Here is an historic adventure of extraordinary power waiting to sweep you away to exotic lands as one of the most popular writers of our time conquers new storytelling worlds. Louis L'Amour has been best known for his ability to capture the spirit and drama of the authentic American West. Here, he guides listeners to an even more distant frontier -- the enthralling lands of the 12th century.
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Here is an historic adventure of extraordinary power waiting to sweep you away to exotic lands as one of the most popular writers of our time conquers new storytelling worlds. Louis L'Amour has been best known for his ability to capture the spirit and drama of the authentic American West. Here, he guides listeners to an even more distant frontier - the enthralling lands of the 12th century.

At the center of The Walking Drum is Kerbouchard, one of L'Amour's greatest heroes. Warrior, lover, scholar, Kerbouchard is a daring seeker of knowledge and fortune bound on a journey of enormous challenge, danger, and revenge. Across the Europe, the Russian steppes and through the Byzantine wonder of Constantinople, gateway to Asia, Kerbouchard is thrust into the heart of the treacheries, passions, violence, and dazzling wonders of a magnificent time. From castle to slave gallery, from sword-racked battlefields to a princess's secret chamber, and ultimately, to the impregnable fortress of the Valley of Assassins, The Walking Drum is a powerful adventure of an ancient world you will find every bit as riveting as Louis L'Amour's stories of the American West.

Public Domain ©2010 Random House

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    Jamie Sugarcreek, OH, United States 04-25-11
    Jamie Sugarcreek, OH, United States 04-25-11
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    "Best of Louis L'Amour!!"

    I have read almost all of Louis L'Amour's books and The Walking Drum is by far my favorite. Amazing story, really draws you in. I have read this book over an over again. I also bought the audiobook and enjoyed it just as much. Highly recommend this book

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Grants, NM, United States 03-15-11
    Deborah Grants, NM, United States 03-15-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved It!"

    I got this book for my husband to listen to on a long car trip but he could not wait until then! He said this book was the best Louis L'Amour book that he has "read" yet.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-17-11
    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-17-11 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".

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    "Really enjoyed!"

    Great way to travel through history. I never enjoyed history in high school and college because I don't have great recall skills. However, when history is taught in a fictional storyline with living characters, history becomes very enjoyable and pleasant.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carl Florence, AL, United States 06-02-13
    Carl Florence, AL, United States 06-02-13 Member Since 2003
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    "One of my favorite books"
    What made the experience of listening to The Walking Drum the most enjoyable?

    This book gave a great glance at the 13th century. It is a long book that moves rapidly between settings with lots of action. Not a slow moment in the book. It was interesting how L'Amour revealed the terminology that began then, the medical practices of the time, and what many progressive thinkers of the time had discovered


    What three words best describe John Curless’s performance?

    Occasionally too low. An absolute perfect choice of narrator for such a great book. The problem is that many of us listen to books while traveling in a car. At times for the drama of the moment the narrator speaks in a whisper. No way can we pick up what he says and it is usually at a crucial time of the book. Other very good narrators have this flaw. If you are listening in your library or bedroom at home it is great but on the road it is too much work on our part to hear. Just say the words so that we can hear them. Except for this one flaw, I would have given the performance a 5.


    Any additional comments?

    The book moves rapidly between settings and you must focus on the names of the characters and where they belong in the story. My wife and I read this and listened to it together on a long trip. Except for the narrator whispering at times it was a wonderful experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tyler Red Deer, AB, Canada 04-07-13
    Tyler Red Deer, AB, Canada 04-07-13 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Really worth your time!"

    So before I bought this book I was a little bit skeptical; the reason was because some of the reviews were negative. Some people thought the narration was bad while others thought the story moved much to quickly to follow. These people need to stick with their usual murder mysteries because I thought this was an incredible book with a lot to offer.

    I am not usually interested in fiction, sticking mostly to my historical non-fiction and science literature; however, this story kept me on the edge of my seat. I recommend it for anyone of all ages.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dominic United States 01-13-14
    Dominic United States 01-13-14 Member Since 2005
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    "insanely good"
    If you could sum up The Walking Drum in three words, what would they be?

    top five books


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There really is only one character to pay attention to in this book....


    What about John Curless’s performance did you like?

    very good performance


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John M. Mulholland North Logan, UT USA 06-05-13
    John M. Mulholland North Logan, UT USA 06-05-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed the story and the history"
    If you could sum up The Walking Drum in three words, what would they be?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the history mentioned and the great story involved. I highly recommend this one.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James AUSTIN, TX, United States 09-22-12
    James AUSTIN, TX, United States 09-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great history lessons in a good story."
    What made the experience of listening to The Walking Drum the most enjoyable?

    The story takes place at a time when the European Christian world was going backward and the Arab Muslim world was where knowledge was celebrated. It celebrates knowledge and seeking more.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James PUEBLO, CO, United States 07-03-14
    James PUEBLO, CO, United States 07-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "L'Amour at his best"

    Great book, I love Louis L'Amour when he goes outside his typical genre, all of his books are so well researched that they put you in the place and make you feel the location.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gayle Wentzville, MO, United States 01-02-13
    Gayle Wentzville, MO, United States 01-02-13
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    "One of L'Amour's best."
    What did you love best about The Walking Drum?

    Detail information provided as the story unfolds.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lead charater was developed very well.


    Which character – as performed by John Curless – was your favorite?

    The main lead.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, several periods.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "AKIN TO A VIDEO GAME"

    The story line seemed to repeat itself over and over again, with the hero finding a woman, rescuing a woman having an unconvincing battle and inbetween times learning the whole encyclopdia of life. It would suit a video game to a T. even in the way the fight scenes are discribed. I think no matter where you opened it to continue the story, you would not Have missed anything.

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