Riders of the Purple Sage

By: Zane Grey
Narrated by: Gene Engene
Series: Riders of the Purple Sage, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
4 out of 5 stars (70 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Lassiter, a gunfighter, protects Jane Withersteen from cattle rustlers and greedy men who want her ranch, and her, for their own.
©2001 Books in Motion (P)2001 Books in Motion

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"Books in Motion's production, read by Gene Engene, is highly dramatized and works well with the Western genre." ( AudioFile)

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I thought the story was good, but the author's endless attempts to be interesting using odd adjectives was tiresome

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  • 03-19-15

Very atmospheric, beautifully read.

When I decided I wanted to hear a Zane Grey book, I sampled all the available recordings of "Riders of the Purple Sage" and chose this one, read by Gene Engene because I felt he had the best voice. His deep, rich tones are splendidly authentic to the Wild West world of the book, and I found all of his character voices completely believable. The atmosphere of the story is so well evoked that it made me want to leave my city lifestyle and saddle up a horse and live out on the sage. Brilliant. I only have one very small criticism, and that is that early in the story there were sections where I could hear extraneous noise on the recording itself. It sounded like someone had the radio on in the room next door. It didn't put me off, because as I've said already I was so hooked by the story and especially the performance, but it was a slight distraction.