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Last of the Breed | [Louis L'Amour]

Last of the Breed

This is the compelling story of U.S. Air Force Major Joe Mack, a man born out of time. When his experimental aircraft is forced down in Russia and he escapes a Soviet prison camp, he must call upon the ancient skills of his Indian forebears to survive the vast Siberian wilderness. Only one route lies open to Mack: the path of his ancestors, overland to the Bering Strait and across the sea to America. But in pursuit is a legendary tracker....
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Publisher's Summary

Here is the kind of authentically detailed epic novel that is Louis L'Amour's hallmark. It is the compelling story of U.S. Air Force Major Joe Mack, a man born out of time. When his experimental aircraft is forced down in Russia and he escapes a Soviet prison camp, he must call upon the ancient skills of his Indian forebears to survive the vast Siberian wilderness. Only one route lies open to Mack: the path of his ancestors, overland to the Bering Strait and across the sea to America. But in pursuit is a legendary tracker, the Yakut native Alekhin, who knows every square foot of the icy frontier - and who knows that to trap his quarry he must think like a Sioux.

©1986 Louis L'Amour (P)2010 Random House Audio

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    Gary M 07-30-12
    Gary M 07-30-12

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    "Top 5 books I've ever owned"
    Would you listen to Last of the Breed again? Why?

    This is second time, great for a hot Texas summer listen. Siberian cold survival is great contrast.


    What other book might you compare Last of the Breed to and why?

    Brules. Wilderness survival


    What about David Strathairn’s performance did you like?

    Russian accents


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Mission Viejo, CA USA 07-27-12
    Mark Mission Viejo, CA USA 07-27-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Not a western,but a great book"

    The first nonwestern book i have read from Lamor. This shows what a great writer he really was. There is still an American Indian who uses his skill to overcome overwhelming odds set in Siberia.

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    colleen Crooked Creek, Alberta, Canada 05-30-12
    colleen Crooked Creek, Alberta, Canada 05-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not Worth Buying"

    I've read this book many times, considering it to be the best of Loius L'amour however the narrator did a poor job. His pronounciation is right for people who are speaking English with a Russian accent but his expression is very poorly done. The reading doesn't flow. I am very dissappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dusty 01-25-12
    Dusty 01-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Book, a must read"
    What made the experience of listening to Last of the Breed the most enjoyable?

    Mr. Strathairn's telling of this great story was very good and he made the characters come alive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Louis L'amour makes his characters interesting. His story is one that of a struggle to survive and man's will to survive. He speaks of the indians and yet doesn't he call them the poor indian and speaks of their strengths and weaknesses. I have always loved his writings. He also adds a history lesson into his book and makes you want to check out the people and places that he writes about.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. As I listen to books at work it makes the time go faster and I love to listen to it on the way home from work as well.


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    Hannah thornton, PA, United States 03-30-11
    Hannah thornton, PA, United States 03-30-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Story Telling"

    An entertaining story even if the main character is a native American version of Superman. Well told and unpredictable with a good reader. I recommend this rather unusual tale of adventure.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 09-01-13
    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 09-01-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Great story and narration"

    Was running out of audiobooks to read and decided on "Last of the Breed" even though I read it 15 yrs ago. Definitely a good choice there were allot of details, especially about Russian culture that I had forgotten about, the narrator was good, not sure why so many reviewers thought the narrator was sub par.

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    Tyler Red Deer, AB, Canada 04-07-13
    Tyler Red Deer, AB, Canada 04-07-13 Member Since 2015

    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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    "Amazing."

    This is one of my all time favorite works of fiction. I own this book in paperback and have read it several times. I was quite impressed by the skill of the narrator, who brought the story to life. This gets 5 stars and I will be listening to this audio book again in the future :)

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    David Topeka, KS, United States 03-30-13
    David Topeka, KS, United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Louis L'Amour is the best!!"

    There is no one that could write a story like Louis!! I have read this story several times and to have it read the way that Mr Strathaim does it is incredible!!

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    Ryan CHESTERTON, IN, United States 03-04-13
    Ryan CHESTERTON, IN, United States 03-04-13

    Pursuing my MBA.

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    "A Gold Medal"
    Would you listen to Last of the Breed again? Why?

    I love this more modern story by L'Amour. It puts the reader directly into the frozen tundra of Siberia and takes him on a tremendous journey. This is a story to read again and again (and again).


    What did you like best about this story?

    The incredible detail.


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

    Strathairn's voice is the perfect voice for the main character. Steady, yet with emotion and inflection, his voice adds to the immersion in the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The book is of such quality that I wanted to wait until a chapter break if I had to stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    A perfect story for a trip, commute, or around the house.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    NorthFLADiver 02-02-13
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    "Rambo Meets Jeremiah Johnson"

    An American pilot, who is full-blooded Sioux Indian, escapes from a Soviet Gulag in Siberia. He must use all of his native survival skills to feed himself and to evade the Soviet soldiers on his tail. If you enjoy survival stories in extremely cold temperatures, this is for you. The performance is good enough to keep the characters straight and to immitate a Russian speaker. I gave it only 3 stars because the ending is rather abrupt. A love story develops in the book but never comes to fruition. Although I don't know for sure, I suspect the author died before he finished this book. Nevertheless, it is entertaining and better than most of the survival books available.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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