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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    thomas United States 01-30-15
    thomas United States 01-30-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Incredibly pleasant surprise"

    Obviously this is not classic Louis l'Amour but a wonderfully told incredibly involved story with rich characters and scenery. I couldn't stop listening to it and it was a joy.

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    Clawson Hunt 01-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good listen"

    Great book. Very exiting. I read this book many years ago. Worth the return visit. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Big Patpat 12-25-14
    Big Patpat 12-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful"

    I love this book, and have since I first picked it up when I was 14.

    0 of 0 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 2014
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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 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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah NORTH SALEM, IN, United States 12-29-11
    Deborah NORTH SALEM, IN, United States 12-29-11
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    "Interesting Story with historical value"
    What did you love best about The Walking Drum?

    I enjoy the parts of the story with action; fighting, escaping from jail, etc.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the way that it takes a person from Youth to Adulthood, and shows their trials and tribulations.


    What does John Curless bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    John Curless has an interesting and expressive voice.


    Any additional comments?

    There are a few sections with long descriptions of historical events that can get a bit boring- but other than that I really enjoyed the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Athens, AL, USA 08-06-12
    Michael Athens, AL, USA 08-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not L'Amour's Best Work"
    What did you like best about The Walking Drum? What did you like least?

    The performance was well done. But it seemed like L'Amour wanted to tell every historical fact he knew about those days to the detriment of the story line. It just made the book very boring in many spots. I normally love his books, but this one just didn't work for me.


    Have you listened to any of John Curless’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't believe this one was done as well as Sackett's Land and The Far Blue Mountains, but still well done.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry Davis, CA, United States 04-23-12
    Jerry Davis, CA, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2007
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    "If you are a l'Amour fan do not listen to this"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a coherent story line, without the constant history lesson


    Would you ever listen to anything by Louis L'Amour again?

    of course i am a great fan of his work.


    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    carrie North Texas, United States 07-13-11
    carrie North Texas, United States 07-13-11

    Interested in historical fiction, intriguing characters and foreign cultures.

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    "Master of imagery?"

    My cousin recommended L'Amour to me so I really wanted to like this. But it's like L'Amour made a movie of it first and frantically wrote down what was happening as it was playing. Too fast paced to have any imagery. I often had to rewind to catch up with what was happening. Thumbs down. Did not finish.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
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