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Colonel Utah Blaine, held captive by the Army of the Revolution, broke out of jail and headed north from Mexico with nothing but the clothes on his back. Then he found new trouble struggling at the end of a noose - and stepped in just in time to save the life of a Texas rancher. The would-be executioners were the rancher’s own men, looking to steal his land.

Now Utah has a unique proposition: Have the wealthy Texan play dead, introduce himself as the spread’s new foreman, and take care of the outlaws one by one. The wage to fight another man’s war? A hundred a month plus expenses. The cost of falling in love while he earns that wage? It wasn’t exactly part of the original agreement, but Utah will soon find out–unless the bad guys get to him first.

©1954 Louis L'Amour (P)2014 Random House Audio

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If You Like Westerns, You'll Love Louis L'Amour

Utah Blaine found himself in a Mexican prison awaiting a firing squad. Not liking his situation he escapes. All he has is the clothes he is wearing, a canteen, a couple worn out blankets and a Bowie knife. Afoot he puts as much distance between him and Mexico as humanly possible. Exhausted he falls into some tall grass to rest, when he is awakened by several riders on horseback; a lynch mob. What can he do?

True to L'Amour's style the story is descriptive and full of adventure.
Great narration by Craig Klein.

I like Westerns, although Historical Romance is my genre of choice. Having been disappointed with my choices recently in that genre I decided to see what Louis L'Amour had to offer, and I'm glad I did. I enjoyed listening to Utah Blaine, and I think you will too.

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Utah Blaine

one of Louis L'Amour's finest books. Great reading, good story overall. nicely performed by the reader

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Another Great one

Great central character, engaging story with legendary hero, This was one of my favorites

Keep up the great work

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Utah Blaine delivers!

Great performance of Utah Blaine. Gotta love Lois L'amoire! He's the best storyteller in the west!

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  • ladawn
  • GRAND JUNCTION, CO, US
  • 06-12-18

Great Book i

It was a fun book to listen to. The characters were well developed. It was interesting all the way to the end.

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Great Western Audio.

I enjoy all of the western audios of Louis Lamour. There are different voices doing the reading but they all draw your attention to the story and it is easy to imagine yourself riding alongside the characters.

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I love Louis writing

What made the experience of listening to Utah Blaine the most enjoyable?

The rough and rugged men and women who settled this country

What was one of the most memorable moments of Utah Blaine?

The power grabbing nature of men who will stop at nothing to take what is not hteirs

Which character – as performed by Craig Klein – was your favorite?

of course Utah himself

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Where few men would dare.

Any additional comments?

I have read Louis L'Amour books all my life and they are worth reading again and again.

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HE'S ALL ABOUT DOIN' IT WITHOUT VIOLENCE!

Where does Utah Blaine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Utah Blaine is the first unabridged book I have read with Audible. I am positively impressed with L'Amour's ability to bring his readers out west, right down to the final howl at the moon! Was it the land, the woman, or the wildlife that makes Utah the man he is.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Utah Blaine?

The scene where he returns to his father's wagon and he draws blood as a young boy. The scene and the noises brought me to his side, ready to help him where I could.

What about Craig Klein’s performance did you like?

His ability to disguise his voice and represent the voices of the members of the action.

If you could take any character from Utah Blaine out to dinner, who would it be and why?

That huge man Utah ran into in the saloon and ultimately beat the crap out of him. Great picture as always with Louis L'Amour at the typewriter.

Any additional comments?

I'll be reading the book Semper Fi by WEB Griffin and remember my tour of duty.

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Pretty good

Faster paced than most L'amour , less time to build characters, but good story.

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Ok story

I liked the story. It's a story of greed, Western values in action, and the taming of the west before true government regulations were able to be implemented. The narrator is a very good reader, however I found the differentiation of characters to be difficult to follow and the readers interpretation of the characters personality to be obnoxious. I also felt that the villains in the story were characterized as whiny and impulsive while you Utah Blaine always appeared too cool and at times cocky which significantly detracted from the overall story for me.