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.
I've read The Walking Drum so many times I've lost count. This is the first time I've listened to it. Wonderful performance! Just couldn't have enjoyed it more! Thank you, Audible.com!
I have read every book by Louis L'Amour and this is by far my favorite. I think the voice over was extremely talented and portrayed all the characters very well. try it you will like it.
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
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.
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.
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