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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    • Dead Ringer

    • A Western Trio
    • By: Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated by: Lloyd James
    • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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    In the first in this trio of Western stories by Louis L'Amour - "Black Rock" - Jim Gatlin, a Texas trail driver, arrives in the town of Tucker where he finds himself drawn into the middle of an all-out battle for the XY Ranch when he kills the segundo of Wing Cary's Flying C Ranch....

    Regular price: $15.43

    • The Man from the Broken Hills

    • Talon and Chantry
    • By: Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 32
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    For years, Milo Talon had been riding the outlaw trail, looking for a man who had betrayed his family. Only Hank Rossiter wasn’t the man he had been. Old now and blind, Rossiter was trying desperately to hold on to a small ranch to support his daughter....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book and narrator was very good

    • By Elderado on 03-17-19

    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 1,555
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,337
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,352

    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

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    • 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 1,806
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423
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    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
    • I enjoy Louie L'Amour

    • By ABLA on 04-14-07

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    • 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 1,374
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,093
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109

    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

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    • Fair Blows the Wind

    • By: Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated by: John Keating
    • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 232
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 211
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 209

    His father killed by the British and his home burned, young Tatton Chantry left Ireland to make his fortune and regain the land that was rightfully his. Schooled along the way in the use of arms, Chantry arrives in London a wiser and far more dangerous man....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Terrible narrator.

    • By James on 10-06-18

    Regular price: $28.00

    • A Man Called Trent

    • A Western Duo
    • By: Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated by: Jim Gough
    • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 306
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 265
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 267

    In "The Rider of Lost Creek," Lance Kilkenny is the fastest gun in the West, but once the gunfight is over, he disappears....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Listen to the second book first. chapter 21.

    • By JPoe on 06-02-18

    Regular price: $24.47

    • 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 872
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 669
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 669

    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

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    • The Walking Drum

    • By: Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated by: John Curless
    • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,169
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved It!

    • By Deborah A. Miller on 03-15-11

    Regular price: $35.93

    • The Lonesome Gods

    • By: Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated by: David Strathairn
    • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,115
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 965
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 967

    “I am Johannes Verne, and I am not afraid.” This was the boy’s mantra as he plodded through the desert alone, left to die by his vengeful grandfather....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best Western Ever

    • By Char on 02-08-11

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