Louis L'Amour
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Louis L'Amour

"I think of myself in the oral tradition--as a troubadour, a village tale-teller, the man in the shadows of a campfire. That's the way I'd like to be remembered--as a storyteller. A good storyteller."

It is doubtful that any author could be as at home in the world re-created in his novels as Louis Dearborn L'Amour. Not only could he physically fill the boots of the rugged characters he wrote about, but he literally "walked the land my characters walk." His personal experiences as well as his lifelong devotion to historical research combined to give Mr. L'Amour the unique knowledge and understanding of people, events, and the challenge of the American frontier that became the hallmarks of his popularity.

Of French-Irish descent, Mr. L'Amour could trace his own in North America back to the early 1600s and follow their steady progression westward, "always on the frontier." As a boy growing up in Jamestown, North Dakota, he absorbed all he could about his family's frontier heritage, including the story of his great-grandfather who was scalped by Sioux warriors.

Spurred by an eager curiosity and desire to broaden his horizons, Mr. L'Amour left home at the age of fifteen and enjoyed a wide variety of jobs, including seaman, lumberjack, elephant handler, skinner of dead cattle, and miner, and was an officer in the transportation corps during World War II. During his "yondering" days he also circled the world on a freighter, sailed a dhow on the Red Sea, was shipwrecked in the West Indies and stranded in the Mojave Desert. He won fifty-one of fifty-nine fights as a professional boxer and worked as a journalist and lecturer. He was a voracious reader and collector of rare books. His personal library contained 17,000 volumes.

Mr. L'Amour "wanted to write almost from the time I could talk." After developing a widespread following for his many frontiers and adventure stories written for fiction magazines, Mr. L'Amour published his first full length novel, Hondo, in the United States in 1953. Every one of his more than 120 books is in print; there are more than 300 million copies of his books in print worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors in modern literary history. His books have been translated into twenty languages, and more than forty-five of his novels and stories have been made into feature films and television movies.

The recipient of many great honor and awards, in 1983 Mr. L'Amour became the first novelist to ever to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress in honor of his life's work. In 1984 he was also awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Reagan.

Louis L'Amour died on June 10, 1988. His wife, Kathy, and their two children, Beau and Angelique, carry the L'Amour publishing tradition forward with new books written by the author during his lifetime to be published by Bantam.

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    • Yondering

    • By: Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated by: Michael Boatman, Jason Culp, George Newbern
    • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    From one of the greatest storytellers of the American West comes a collection of short stories never before released as audio digital downloads....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Glorious Glorious

    • By clinton on 12-02-18

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Last of the Breed

    • By: Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated by: David Strathairn
    • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,444
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,237
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,253

    This is the compelling story of U.S. Air Force Major Joe Mack, a man born out of time....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A western "indian" story set in Siberia

    • By John S on 11-25-13

    Regular price: $35.93

    • Sackett's Land

    • The Sacketts, Book 1
    • By: Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated by: John Curless
    • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,574
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214

    After discovering six gold Roman coins buried in the mud of the Devil's Dyke, Barnabas Sackett enthusiastically invests in goods that he will offer for trade in America. But Sackett has a powerful enemy....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Start

    • By Tundrabeast on 10-17-09

    Regular price: $19.93

    • To the Far Blue Mountains

    • The Sacketts, Book 2
    • By: Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated by: Jonn Curless
    • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,256
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 983
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 997

    If he's caught, Sackett will face torture, and even the gallows....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Better than reading the book!

    • By adeline on 10-20-11

    Regular price: $19.93

    • Jubal Sackett

    • The Sacketts, Book 4
    • By: Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated by: Jonn Curless
    • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,072
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 852
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 853

    Sackett's quest will bring him danger from an implacable enemy, and show him a life, and a woman, worth dying for....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Story and Another Great Performance

    • By adeline on 10-20-11

    Regular price: $23.93

    • No Traveller Returns

    • No Traveller Returns (Lost Treasures)
    • By: Louis L'Amour, Beau L'Amour
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Beau L'Amour
    • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    Following WW II, the SS Lichenfield is westbound across the Pacific carrying 80,000 barrels of explosive naphtha. The cargo alone makes the journey perilous, with the entire crew aware that one moment could lead to disaster. But another sort of peril haunts the Lichenfield....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Insightful to fans of Louis.

    • By dc on 11-22-18

    Regular price: $21.00

    • The Sackett Brand

    • By: Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated by: David Strathairn
    • Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 354
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 314
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 313

    Tell Sackett and his bride Ange came to Arizona to build a home and start a family. But on Black Mesa, something goes terribly wrong....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • By far my favorite

    • By Spencer Wicks on 12-13-16

    Regular price: $21.27

    • Riders of the Dawn

    • By: Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Jim Gough
    • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 143
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141

    A young gunslinger is changed for the better by meeting a beautiful woman. A classic range-war Western....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • know before you buy

    • By Casey on 04-19-18

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Warrior's Path

    • The Sacketts, Book 3
    • By: Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated by: Jonn Curless
    • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 950
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 739
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 745

    To bring the culprit to justice, one brother must sail to the exotic West Indies....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Good One

    • By Kellie on 02-03-07

    Regular price: $19.93

    • The Daybreakers

    • The Sacketts, Book 6
    • By: Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated by: David Strathairn
    • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 815
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 621
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 621

    A magnificent saga of American fiction, the Sacketts series is one of the greatest treasures by legendary storyteller Louis L'Amour...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very enjoyable story

    • By Bruce E. Hawkins on 04-19-03

    Regular price: $19.93

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