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The Walking Drum Audiobook

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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    Gayle 01-02-13
    Gayle 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.


    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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    Tyler Red Deer, AB, Canada 04-07-13
    Tyler Red Deer, AB, Canada 04-07-13

    I've been a member here for a few years now. Nothing will ever replace printed books for me, but I do enjoy lots of things Audible has!

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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 3 people found this review helpful
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    trevor 04-26-16
    trevor 04-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great listening"

    great book lots of adventure could not stop listening till the end of the book

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    David 04-11-16
    David 04-11-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow!"

    Without having the writing skills of Louis l'Amour, I cannot possibly do this review justice. Simply suffice it to say I have read many, many books in my extended career as a reader and this book is most definitely a top 10 read. This book has it all

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    Geoff 02-13-16
    Geoff 02-13-16
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    "One of the best all time epics"
    What did you love best about The Walking Drum?

    The history comes alive with L'Amour's writing. This isn't his typical book but it's definitely his writing style. So good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Same question as above. Refer to previous answer.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No spoilers.


    If you could take any character from The Walking Drum out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    L'Amour actually. I would love to hear why he wrote this and how long he researched it.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the first L'Amour books I ever read. It was the first really long book I ever read. And it is ultimately the reason I became a writer and love to read. I highly recommend this book.

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    "Love this book!"

    I have read and reread this book many times over the years! A couple of times I have read this book in a single night!

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    PFid South Carolina 01-25-16
    PFid South Carolina 01-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointed"
    What disappointed you about The Walking Drum?

    The book is much too long with Louis L'Amour wanting to share every historical fact he knew about the 12th century societies that his story hero, Kerbouchard encounters. There is much repetition of a common theme (the glory and enlightenment of Islamic calaphates). The storyline held promise, but never delivered.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to first state that I have been a long time fan of Louis L'Amour. Forty years ago, as a young man, I sought to read every book in the Sackett series. It was L'Amour's superb writing that kept me wanting more. I had high expectations for "The Walking Drum"; but now that I've finished the 16.5 hour novel, I realize it will be a long while before I listen to the remaining unread L'Amour audio book in my Audio library.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Isaac Fox 09-14-15
    Isaac Fox 09-14-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Gripping"

    An excellent tale woven in majestic fashion. A story that covers many lands with many twists and turns. A tale of revenge and violence, art and poetry, love and passion, and the loyalty of a son to his father.

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    Nina 08-24-15
    Nina 08-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Favorite of Louis L'Amour."

    excellent clean story. wish it had a sequel. my Favorite of Louis L'Amour.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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