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The Walking Drum Audiobook

The Walking Drum

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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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    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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    S. Douhne Chatsworth, GA United States 04-22-17
    S. Douhne Chatsworth, GA United States 04-22-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Amazing Story of adventure one for the ages!"

    Amazing Story of adventure one for the ages! I wish that the author got the write to sequels that he planned but an amazing story!

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    Kelly 04-04-17
    Kelly 04-04-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Stellar reading of a story of legendary proportion"

    Louis L'Amour deserves acclaim, but you already know that if you are reading this book. It is my opinion that this is one of his best. Fast moving and engaging as well as informative.
    John Curless's talent and skill risks being overlooked as you are drawn into the story; yet this is the evidence of his mastery. He delivers so smoothly, you almost forget his role as the strength of the story surrounds you. His narrative style is quick yet seemingly unhurried, and his accent adds color and character to the telling. His seamless transition from narrative to dialog is so smooth, it leaves one feeling as though the characters themselves are speaking to you.
    Many of Louis L'AMOUR's books are read to us by a cast of characters/actors which is always a welcome treat. It is rare that a single narrator stands up to that level of production quality. John Curless does!

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    Long Ears Farm 04-04-17 Member Since 2016

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    "rags to riches and back again "

    loved it. that's a weeks worth if commutes I didn't mind. this was a history filled, seat of the pants adventure that kept you coming back for more.

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    Thomas Mikkola 03-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome story!"

    basically listened to the whole book straight without sleeping. it was that awesome! unique Louis lamour story as it ventures away from his traditional western setting into European history

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    Amazon Customer 02-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent "

    Amazing story and excellent delivery, would highly recommend to anyone wanting to listen to a adventure story. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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    Zachary 02-28-17
    Zachary 02-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great listen! The reader was excellent!"

    Loved the story! Couldn't stop listening. The narrator did an excellent job at conveying the emotion behind the words.

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    Nelson 02-20-17
    Nelson 02-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "wow"

    What a great read! I really enjoyed following Kerbuchard through 12th century europe, to the Byzantine empire, and then through the gateway of asia on his treacherous and passionate journey to save his only family, his father. Louis La'mores' spirited depictions of the warrior, lover, and diplomat through our protagonist are reminiscent of Dumas' Count. I particularly enjoyed the fight and action scenes. Though it has plenty of heartfelt romance as well. A truely great read for all ages.

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    Tim 01-12-17
    Tim 01-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I enjoyed it a lot."

    It took a few chapters to get into the Narrator's speech as he isn't what i am used to. But he actually fit the character and storytelling very nicely.

    The story itself held me greatly, normally a book of this size with my schedule would take 2 weeks to get through, but I found myself so drawn in that I didn't want an ending, and I finished inside 5 days of starting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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