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The Lonesome Gods Audiobook

The Lonesome Gods

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Publisher's Summary

The Lonesome Gods is Louis L'Amour's biggest and most important historical novel to date, a sweeping adventure of the California frontier. Here is the fascinating story of Johannes Verne, a young man left to die by his vengeful grandfather, rescued by outlaws and raised in part by the Indians of the desert. Strengthened by the love of two women—Miss Nesselrode, whose mysterious past fires her ambitions for the future and Meghan, a willful young beauty—Verne grows to become a rugged adventurer, a man strong enough to embrace the awesome power of the Palm Springs desert, and bold enough to stake a claim in the bustling world of opportunity that was early-day Los Angeles.

©1983 Louis L'Amour (P)2011 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Riveting reading." (The New Yorker)

"This is L'Amour's finest book." (California Magazine)

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    Kyron W. Horton 10-31-17
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    "Long and Dry"

    A little long and sometimes boring for a Louis Lamour book. Easy to lose the reader at times.

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    Amazon Customer 10-28-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book!"

    Great book! It's my third time to read it. Louis L'amour is a great story teller.

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    lebeef143 10-23-17
    lebeef143 10-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "great book!"

    This is an amazing book. Louis Lamour is a master story teller. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone!

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    Anonymous 10-12-17
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    "omfg"

    holy mf tits. this story is fantastic! get it now u fool!hurry ! u wont regret

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    Sherry 10-11-17
    Sherry 10-11-17 Member Since 2014
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    "intrigue, mystery and romance."

    Enjoyed it from beginning to end, no unnecessary trash, thumbs up, Spellbound, perfectly enjoyable narration.

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    Gina Henry 07-04-17
    Gina Henry 07-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "another great Louis L'Amour book"

    great story slime with another great character built by tough circumstances. always appreciate the bits and pieces of actual history throughout the boat. And characters that are basins from his wealth of knowledge and study the subject. The reader did a great job.

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    A. L. Russell, Ghost Writer 06-24-17 Member Since 2014
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    "The Lonesome Gods"

    Johannas' father becomes ill while the mother/wife is dying. Johannes, at six, is taken to California to his maternal grandfather who wants father and son dead. I'd guess that L'amour formulated the end then wrote this narrative full of historical detail and nuisances of various cultures. The reader can learn survival techniques of desert and mountains as the wagon train leaves the east and reaches California and again as Johannas is chased. Johannes love of books provides a mystery; is a gentleman who wins the heart of two women; who is surprised to learn he might inherit -- whoops -- you have to read to discover why and who is the monster and if there is a wedding. I enjoyed the 15 hours 4 minutes of story.

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    Greg Bower 05-18-17
    Greg Bower 05-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best westerns I've heard in a long time"

    Strathairn takes an excellently written book interwoven with descriptive analogies and makes the reader feel as though he is a part of the struggles and triumphs.

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    M. Murphy Laramie, WY 11-18-16
    M. Murphy Laramie, WY 11-18-16 Member Since 2012
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    "A piece of the Old West"

    I like stories that cover some time & territory and the bad guys don't win!

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    Robert B. 09-28-16
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    "top ten best"

    One of my favorite books, when the book was over I felt like I'd lost an old friend.

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    "excellent through and through."

    Excellent storyline with bold characters and superb narration. A riveting, light read and fully entertaining.

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  • Mark
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    "Great story"

    Great story. Very entertaining and very well read. Would also recommend Last of the Breed by the same order and read by the same actor.

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  • Linda
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    8/10/14
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    "Old book but timeless appeal"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lonesome Gods to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is so much more fun in that David Stratham is simply superb at getting the characters personalities off to a tee!I like Louis L'Amour but have not 'read' him since my youth and now hearing it again as an older woman I appreciate his heroine characters even more.This is a rip roaring adventure yarn but he does handle the female protagonists extremely well. In this book and the seemingly cold Russian has become my role model haha.


    What other book might you compare The Lonesome Gods to, and why?

    I had just listened to Ride the Wind that reminded me of this Louis L'Amour book I read ages ago and so decided to get it and read it again.....so glad I did.One thing though, can't imagine why he did not go on to write a sequel to this it was all set up to do so the story in a way had only just started.


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

    Already said how well he reads and he makes it such a fantastic journey with the clear characters.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A family saga of the wild west beginnings of Los Angeles and California.


    Any additional comments?

    Although usually read by men this is a wonderful book for young girls (of any age) to read and enjoy a true wild west adventure story but it is not just muck and bullets. Louis L'Amour is obviously a great admirer of women and his female characters have so much depth.Really try something different and you will enjoy the philosophy, action and chivalry in this book.

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