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.
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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.
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!
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.
This book has more bits of wisdom and provides more life advice than any other book I have read- in a sort of hardened way. It is hard to describe. Of course, the story was exhilarating and fantastic, and every element was intriguing. This was my second time with this book, the first being a paperback copy. I think I got more out of it this time. 11/10 would read again and would recommend to anyone.
Probably not what you're expecting from the grand master of the Western. A marvelous adventure set in 12th centure Europe, hitting all the classic bases of motive, badassery, wit, humor, and Louis's rich, inimitable style.
Lots of stealth philosophy, and quotable quotes, too.
Narrator was quite good, though he got off to a slow start. He just isn't quite how I hear Mathurin in my head when I'm reading. It is also a shame that the appendix wasn't included- there is a wealth of real information there that should be of interest to any thinking person.
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