Riders of the Purple Sage

10 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 593 ratings

Riders of the Purple Sage Publisher's Summary

It's 1871 in the contented Mormon town of Cottonwoods, Utah, and Elder Tull wants to marry wealthy rancher Jane Withersteen so desperately that he's willing to use the water supply - the precious lifeblood of the land - to force her hand. But that was before a mysterious, lone gunman called Lassiter showed up...
Public Domain (P)1990 Recorded Books, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Riders of the Purple Sage

    • By: Zane Grey
    • Narrated by: Donald Buka
    • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    It's 1871 in the contented Mormon town of Cottonwoods, Utah, and Elder Tull wants to marry wealthy rancher Jane Withersteen so desperately that he's willing to use the water supply - the precious lifeblood of the land - to force her hand. But that was before a mysterious, lone gunman called Lassiter showed up...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Father of the Genre

    • By Ellen on 06-07-05

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Riders of the Purple Sage

    • The Restored Edition
    • By: Zane Grey
    • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
    • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 247
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 203

    In Cottonwoods, Utah, in 1871, a woman stands accused and a man is sentenced to whipping. Into this travesty of small-town justice rides the one man whom the town elders fear. His name is Lassiter, and he is a notorious gunman who's come to avenge his sister's death.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book

    • By WMB on 03-16-15

    Regular price: $23.07

    • Riders of the Purple Sage

    • By: Zane Grey
    • Narrated by: Jim Roberts
    • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    The novel tells the story of Jane Withersteen and her battle to overcome her persecution by members of her Mormon church. She does this with the help of her non-Mormon cowboy friends Bern Venters and Lassiter.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good version

    • By Herrick on 03-27-15

    Regular price: $10.46

    • Riders of the Purple Sage

    • By: Zane Grey
    • Narrated by: Gene Engene
    • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 43

    Lassiter, a gunfighter, protects Jane Withersteen from cattle rustlers and greedy men who want her ranch, and her, for their own.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • too many adjectives

    • By james on 04-16-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Riders of the Purple Sage

    • By: Zane Grey
    • Narrated by: Ann Richardson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Jane Withersteen, a sincere and faithful young Mormon woman, is persecuted by members of her own church. The as yet unmarried Withersteen has inherited a large and rich piece of property from her father. Elder Tull, an older church leader with several wives already, wants to marry her, but she does not want to marry him. She refuses him and is subsequently beset by troubles as Tull and his men wage a secret vindictive campaign against her.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Western, Best Version yet

    • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 05-07-16

    Regular price: $14.00

    • Riders of the Purple Sage

    • By: Zane Grey
    • Narrated by: John Hitchcock
    • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 110
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 32

    Lassiter is the strong, silent stranger who takes on the powerful agents trying to drive the lovely Jane Withersteen from her ranch in this acknowledged Western Classic.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of Zane Grey's Best

    • By Stephen on 02-04-05

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Riders of the Purple Sage

    • Book 1 of the Riders Series
    • By: Zane Grey
    • Narrated by: John Bolen
    • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    A gentile sage-rider is about to be whipped by the Mormans to coerce the rich and beautiful Jane Withersteen to marry against her will. In desperation Jane whispers the prayer, "Whence cometh my help!" Just then, an unlikely hero, the infamous gunfighter Lassiter, routs the persecutors and is drawn into this conflict on the Utah-Arizona border.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The book that started the Western genre

    • By D. Hamilton on 10-03-18

    Regular price: $23.09

    • Riders of the Purple Sage

    • By: Zane Grey
    • Narrated by: Michael Lackey
    • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    In 1871 Utah, young Jane Withersteen is courted by Elder Tull, the leader of her polygamous Mormon church. When Jane refuses, the local Mormons persecute her. Meanwhile, Jane's friend, Bern Venters, is captured by Tull's posse and faces a harsh sentence. Jane defends him, causing even more friction with the Mormon populace.

    Regular price: $23.09

    • Riders of the Purple Sage

    • By: Zane Grey
    • Narrated by: Tim Danko
    • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Jane Withersteen and her friend, Venters, find themselves at odds with the local Mormon church leaders, who covet her vast and valuable property and, at the same time, despise her deep friendship with Venters, a Gentile. A stranger, Lassiter, enters their lives while searching for his long-lost sister and becomes Jane's protector and Venters' mentor. Soon afterward, Venters is thrust together with a girl named Bess, and the four of them discover how their lives have been intertwined for years.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • You will be transported back to the Wild West!

    • By Emily on 10-20-16

    Regular price: $24.27

  • Book 2

    • The Desert Crucible

    • By: Zane Grey
    • Narrated by: Jim Gough
    • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 27

    Zane Grey wrote this splendidly thrilling sequel to Riders of the Purple Sage in 1915, but for almost 90 years it has existed in a profoundly censored version. At last, the real story can be told.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Authentic Zane Grey Mormon Western

    • By Brad on 08-16-11

    Regular price: $27.97