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Val Darrant was just four years old the snowy night his mother abandoned him. But instead of meeting a lonely death, he met Will Reilly - a gentleman, a gambler, and a worldly, self-taught scholar. For 10 years they each were all the family the other had, traveling from dusty American boomtowns to the cities of Europe - until the day Reilly’s luck ran out in a roar of gunfire.

But it wasn’t a gambling brawl or a pack of thieves that sealed Will’s fate. It was a far more complex story that Val would soon uncover, one that touched upon Val’s nearly forgotten childhood, the woman who was Will Reilly’s lost love, and the violent future of a growing country.

©1965 Louis L'amour (P)2011 Random House Audio

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Another Great Read By Louis L'Amour

This is a touching story about a man alone who raises a boy nobody wants, and taught him to be a man. An honest gambler, he and the boy travel in many countries, but it's the west they love.

The narrator gave a good performance.

A must read for L'Amour fans, or great as a first read for those unfamiliar with his stories.

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One of my favorite stories

Would you consider the audio edition of Reilly's Luck to be better than the print version?

Not sure -- haven't read in print, but this audio version is truly engaging.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course it's Reilly -- to take responsibility for a young child and do an excellent job of parenting is outstanding.

Have you listened to any of Beau Bridges’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He is great in this one.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Figuring how to nurse Tensleep thru an injury -- engaging and easy to empathize.

Any additional comments?

I am a L'Amour fan. This one stands out in a strong field -- great character development and story line.

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LaMour at his best

Would you listen to Reilly's Luck again? Why?

Yes, this book has surprizes in each turn and you see it clearer there you hear it.

What did you like best about this story?

Reilly's life becomes devoted to teaching the boy and nothing gets in the way of that devotion.

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

A rough and brisc voice of believability.

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Glad this book is finally here!

I grew up reading books of Louis L'Amour. I have read this book 20 plus times. So when I saw it was available on audible, I jumped on it. Then to have Bridges narrate it, it was perfect. I just hope they keep making more of his books available, next I am waiting on is Flint!

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One of Lamour’s best!

Bridges did an outstanding with this excellent story. I was so sorry it ended! I wish there was a sequel.

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one of the best stories by Louis L'Amour

great story, well done and done well, the only issue I have is the gravely voice of beau bridges, gives Val a rough edge rather than a refined air. still an all time favorite

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Beau Bridges is great

great narrator, great story. one of my favorite books, and definitely one of the best audio books

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Great story / Great narrator

As usual, L’Amour doesn’t disappoint in this great book. Bridges is my favorite narrator and he did a great job...again.

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A favorite

I have listened to almost all of Louie L’Amour
Audio books, and I have many favorites. This tape was very well done, and kept you interested though out the entire book. Hard to really pick a favorite, but this will not disappoint. I appreciate the effort that goes into making these, I really have never been disappointed.

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The very best of his great Westerns.

Great believable caritures fully honest and understanding flow.a real feeling of belonging to the two main people.