• Desert Death-Song

  • A Collection of Western Stories
  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (340 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A collection of stories from the most famous Western author of all time! Desert Death-Song is a compilation of some of Louis L’Amour’s greatest stories, many of which might otherwise be difficult to find. Whether he was writing under his early pen name, Jim Mayo, or his own, L’Amour’s stories are unforgettable, touching on rough and rugged American ideals, and set in the untamable frontier of the Western United States. Nearly a dozen stories are presented here that represent the best of L’Amour’s yarn-spinning writing, a choice collection handpicked from the variety of pulp Western magazines in which the author first became known.

The most popular author of Westerns the world has ever known, L’Amour wrote stories full of mavericks, outlaws, romantics, and heroes. His characters follow the unspoken laws and morals of the Wild West, and the pictures he paints are unrivaled in their authenticity. From gold prospectors to sheriffs, the characters of L’Amour's tales will never be forgotten.

©2013 Louis L'Amour Enterprises, Inc. (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Best of both

Best narration and great stories. Good tough guys and full of suspense. Never cared for short stories but these changed my mind.

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Great collection

I normally save 5 star reviews for works of enduring literary worth. But this is a great value. Several good novellas and a couple of great short stories.

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If you've heard one L'Amour short story...

...you come back for more--that is if you are a L'Amour fan. I am, and these stories hit the spot. Nothing unusual, but familiar like a comfortable pair of western boots. Heroes and villains and plots that are new yet familiar, and you always finish with a smile. I've read a few dozen of his books and short story collections, and they are a great occasional simple pleasure. This is a good collection and performance.

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another great louie

as always louis is an amazing writer. never bored. if you don't like gun battles or justice of the wild west variety these aren't for you.

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Some of L'Amour's greatest storie!

Keep Traveling Rider – (Prior review posted)
His Brother’s Debt – Rock Cassidy was yellow as saffron.
Dutchman’s Flat – You will know him by his trail (Prior review posted).
Trap of Gold – (Prior review posted)
Desert Death Song – The red-spotted toad (Prior review posted).
Riding for the Brand – Jed Asbury, aka Michael Latch, riding for the brand.
Big Medicine – Billy Dunbar was no stranger to Indian fighting (Prior review posted).
Man Riding West – Jim Geary, a man with an earned reputation, got involved in some trouble.
The Queen of the Tumbling K – The Queen is Ward Queen, foreman of the Tumbling K.
The Turkey Feather Riders – Jim Sandiford was in trouble and Lee Martin wanted him dead.

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Books excellent, narrator leaves much to be desired

As all Louis l’Amour books this one was excellent. The narrator was less than desirable. The Voice is almost grating at times And when he went into multiple voices it just didn’t work.

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Can't go wrong with Louis L'Amour!

Great stories and Great Narrator! Nothing left to say! If you like L'Amour you will like this one!

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Talked Cowboy

I have sampled a few of the author’s book and enjoyed this one the most. The voices and speed of the reading made this an enjoyable listen. Some of these same stories are in other collection and I found them difficult to listen to. The stories are great but the reading is excellent.

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It’s good for you and your friends to play it for hours fun to play for free or just play with your own friends

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What would have made Desert Death-Song better?

I don't like the narrator of book. got on my last nerve. The story is great

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bob Isom

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John McLain?

anybody else

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The book its self is great.

Any additional comments?

get it done by another narrator and I will buy it again