Dick Rutherford (The Colonel) and Christy Deever head west to seek their fortune after The Colonel gambles away all his money at a horserace. Terence Aselford's performance transports listeners right back to the Old West, with a rough-and-tumble dramatization that recalls the tough masculinity of the American frontier in the 19th century. Classic western novelist Max Brand's The Stone that Shines takes listeners on a journey to the heart of America, where the Colonel and Christy encounter the Mandan Indians and possibly, themselves.
Upon a closer look, the Colonel discovers that this "stone that shines" contains a rich vein of quartz gold. Its source could be the answer to his quest. However, things then get complicated....
This is a short (5 hr ) book and was a nice change of pace from the 1700's sea stories I had been listening too. Max Brand is known for his fast pace western stories. Aselford did a great job narrating the book. Enjoyed the historical information on the Mandan Indians. Look forward again in the future to another Brand story.
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