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When Duncan McKaskel decided to move his family west, he knew he would face dangers, and he was prepared for them. He knew about the exhausting terrain, and he was expecting the punishing elements. What he worried about was having to use violence against other men - men who would follow him and try to steal the riches that he didn't even possess.

Yet bandits were only part of McKaskel's worries. For a mysterious stranger, Con Vallian, had appeared one night and saved his life. But was Vallian's true interest Duncan's wife, Susanna? And, more important, how did she feel about him?

As they push on into the wilderness, Duncan must discover who is the greater threat - the thieves outside his camp or the enigmatic stranger within.

©1973 Louis L'Amour (P)2013 Random House Audio

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A Fine L'Amour Story; An Excellent Narrator

What did you love best about The Quick and the Dead?

It's a nice departure from the standard L'Amour (not that they aren't all great), in that it follows a family moving westward. Still, bad guys and good guys supply action and tactics.

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

Culp is ideal for L'Amour stories, and likely for much more. Totally transparent, he doesn't try to affect the performance with the silly, phony Western accents that infect some renderings of L'Amour novels. Rather, he stays out of the way, generating believable voices for multiple characters, including females. Nicely done!

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A worthy novel, well narrated.

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Skipping Audio is unacceptable.

The main reason for the low score is that the audio skips multiple sentences a handful of random times throughout the book. It's not a case of characters naturally being interrupted as part of the story. It occurs for the narrator and you can tell it's not supposed to happen. You can still get the majority of the story without missing much, but this is unacceptable.

The narrator did a great job. The story was good enough to listen to once, but probably never again.

I didn't do my research beforehand and that's on me, but I was surprised to find out this had nothing to do with the Sam Raimi Western. Just the same name.

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Better than the movie!

Awesome narrator and wonderful story line with well thought out characters and details. Louis La'mour is the greatest!

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Awsome Book

As always a very good book. Written by a very good author that has a way to tell a great story.

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GOOD BOOK

Excellent reading by Jason Culp. He had a very good story to work with and brought all the characters vividly to life. And L'Amour? He never fails.

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Better then expected. Good story!

Can not wait for another Louis L'AMOUR Story! I love westerns by great authors.

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A Classic

Brought back memories of the HBO production with Sam Elliot. One of L'Amour's best in my opinion.