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Publisher's Summary

Early in Louis L'Amour's career, he wrote a number of novel-length stories for "pulp" western magazines. "I lived with my characters so closely that their lives were still as much a part of me as I was of them long after the issues in which they appeared went out of print," he said. "I wanted to tell the reader more about my people and why they did what they did." So he revised and expanded these magazine works to be published again as full-length novels. Here is one of these early creations that have long been a source of great speculation and curiosity among his fans.

In Riders of the Dawn, a young gunslinger is changed for the better by a meeting with a beautiful woman. A classic range-war western, this novel features that powerful, romantic, strangely compelling vision of the American West for which L'Amour's fiction is known. In the author's words: "It was a land where nothing was small, nothing was simple. Everything, the lives of men and the stories they told, ran to extremes."

©1951 Best Publications, Inc. (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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Love Louis L'Amour

I don't know how he does it, each story is different, yet in all, one has the feeling of being there, right along with our hero. Whether listening or reading each character and setting can clearly be seen through the mind's eye. No wonder he's called the best story-teller of all time.

"Riders of the Dawn" is different than most of his stories I've read, with a woman playing a prominent role in the story.

The narrator gave a good performance.

I highly recommend it to all Louis L'Amour fans--and future fans.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Phares
  • Columbia,, SC, United States
  • 08-20-15

Boy! That was a fantastic story. Louis L'Amour

Would you consider the audio edition of Riders of the Dawn to be better than the print version?

Yes. I think I get more out of it with the audio version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Riders of the Dawn?

The big fist fight I guess was the best.

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

He is good at telling a story, and made it interesting that held my attention.

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

No I had to brake it down to three sittings.

Any additional comments?

Louis L'Amour's books are always good to read or to hear being read. I have read most of his stories, a lot of them when I was in Korea in the Army. We sure miss you Louis L'Amour.

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Hard to listen to

I have read the book and it was a good book but this job of narration is awful. He sounds like somebody only trying to sound Western. I couldn't stand to listen to much more than 15 minutes of this.

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Great book!

This book has a great story and the reading was top notch. I loved it.

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Enjoyable story and reading style.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. good story and the reader has a great voice to listen to. i like the deep salty sound of his voice

What was one of the most memorable moments of Riders of the Dawn?

the fist fights. the Author built up the tension for the fight well and held it off well. i also really enjoyed the love interest in this tale of western adventure.

Which scene was your favorite?

too hard to decide. over all a good adventure and fun to listen to. i look forward to hearing more stories by Louis L'amour and this reader.

If you could rename Riders of the Dawn, what would you call it?

rename it?? the name suites the story just fine.

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Bad performance.

Narrator sounds like a stereotypical B movie Westerner. Bad inflection on the wrong words.

Unimpressed.

Will avoid Jim Gough from here on out.

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live in another time

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

easy to get carried away to the frontier when the west was new

What other book might you compare Riders of the Dawn to and why?

if youve ever read a L'Amour book ....this one flows right into the rest

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

yes. not only does he fit L'Amours books but the characters could be sitting right across the fire from me.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no extreme reaction. typical western novel with more beauty in discription than plot