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They tried to tell him that his father had killed himself, but Kearney McRaven knew better. No matter what life had dealt him, his father would go down fighting. And as he delved deeper into the mystery, he learned that just before his father died, the elder McRaven had experienced a remarkable run of luck: he’d won nearly ten thousand dollars and the deed to a cattle ranch.

Not yet eighteen, Kearney was determined enough to track down his father’s murderer and claim what was rightfully his. Now, followed every step of the way by a shadowy figure, Kearney must solve the mystery of his father’s hidden past - a past that concealed a cold-blooded killer who would stop at nothing to keep a chilling secret.

©2004 Louis L'Amour (P)2014 Random House Audio

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Excellent Narration

Michael Crouch is one of the best narrators of Louis Lamour fiction in my humble opinion. The story is a typical Louis Lamour western fiction but I'm yet to read a Louis Lamour fiction that I haven't fully enjoyed. If you're a fan of Louis Lamour this narration will not dissapoint.

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The entire family liked it

Great book for driving through Colorado on a family road trip. I would highly recommend.

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Audio is different than reading, it's a whole new book!

This I started listening to audio books to take the boredom out of a commute the same as many other Audible members did and still devoted enough down time to read an average of 2-3 books a week. I enjoyed both venues but every time I had a bad narrator ruin what could have been an enjoyable book, I realized I could have really enjoyed if I had read it to myself. After a few times trying to read a mangled book, I gave it up because I knew the storyline and ending. So, I was a little apprehensive to listen to any of Louis L'Amour works as he held a special place in my library. Boy was I wrong! The magic of a good story teller makes each of his books a new and wonderful edition and so now I have a second shelf in the L'Amour special place! Just can't say better than that! With one exception! Was "rubber necking" a term used in the American west in the late 1800's?

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One of LL's best!

I love stories of boys becoming men of character under duress and this is a good one for that. Loved every minute!

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My favorite L'Amour

While it's true that most off his novels are relatively cookie cutter, this tale and its narration really stand out in excellence. Great production quality, superb characterization, clever plot, simply a story you can tie to.

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Beginning to end. All good

I’m always amazed at how well Louis Lamour does book after book. This was no exception. Very enjoyable and found myself wishing for another.
I was also very impressed with the narrator. I felt as though I were hearing the voice of the actual character.

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great storyline sit back and enjoy

another great story by the great Louis L'Amour sit back and enjoy this one I think you'll really enjoy it

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great book

loved it. made me want more and looked forward to listening to it. great book.

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Unique story line.

Very good story! Surprising twists and tuns. You are missing out if you havn'r read this one.

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Not L'Amour's Best

I'm a real Louis L'Amour fan, but felt "The proving Trail" was not up to his usual excellence.
Perhaps with another narrator it would have been better.

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