• The Man from Skibbereen

  • A Novel
  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (553 ratings)

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The Man from Skibbereen

By: Louis L'Amour
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
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Publisher's Summary

Crispin Mayo was a reckless young brawler who’d left his tiny fishing village for the vast American frontier. Headed west to join a railroad construction crew, he came upon an isolated station - and a mystery. The shack was abandoned, but fresh blood spattered the floor, and the telegraph was clicking away unattended. When Mayo stepped inside and put a hand on the telegraph key, he had no way of knowing the course of his life would change forever - and that he would become entangled with a band of Civil War veterans with a score to settle against the government...and a feisty young woman who’d risk anything to save the people she loved. Cris Mayo, who had never backed away from a fight in his life, was about to have his courage put to the ultimate test.

©2004 Louis L'Amour (P)2019 Random House Audio

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A very good story!

Louis L’Amour, once again, has delivered a very interesting and entertaining story. And, if there is another author who can describe a gunfight or a fistfight in such vivid detail I would like to read their words. I have not yet found that author.

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Superb rendition. Stellar narrator.

Many times westerns seem like the same old story. Enough uniqueness in this one to stand out. Well worth the listen!

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Story of Irish Immigration

I first read this book in 1981 as a paperback book. This is a tale of a young Irish lad, Crispin Mayo, who leaves Ireland and immigrates to America. He gets a job laying track for the Union Pacific Railway. L’Amour was a professional boxer as a young man. He sometimes puts in a boxing match in his stories. He included a boxing match in this story and included some history of boxing. This is not one of L’Amour’s (1908-1988) best books, but his not-so-good is better than most other authors. This book is a fast easy read back into the wild west.

The book is seven hours and twenty minutes. Johnathan Davis does a good job narrating the book. Davis is an actor and voice-over artist. He was a finalist for the Audie Award and has won several EarPhone Awards.

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Another great Louis L'Amour!

Really enjoyed this story. Kept my attention and had suspense. Was also narrated very well.

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Excellent

A variable version of a typical L'Amour style of tale. Loved the Irish characters utilized therein. I always appreciate his usage of courtesy, ethics, and common sense.

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One of his better stories!

A very good book, easy to listen to, well performed. Highly recommend it. Excellent.

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The Irish guy does it all

At first I thought I was going to be bored with it. As the story progressed it got too interesting to stop. I listened even though I was parked instead of rolling and listening to ease the boredom of driving mile after mile. I will play it again too pickup on things I may have missed. This book is nothing short of exceptional!!!

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Slow start but strong finish

I found the book a little but not in this at first but then things picked up and I very much enjoyed the last part of the book. The reader's voice was too soft and seemed a bit without feeling, except when there was action when he seemed to come alive.

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Superb!

Irish immigrant heros helping Union efforts to build a more perfect union post civil war while mixing it up with vengeful southern veterans and a splash of gentlemanly romance. Wonderful Louis L'Amour!

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classic western tale with a twist

really liked the Irish slant to this story, so many times the Irish influence in the building of the west is forgotten.

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Unusual Character, likeable story

I did enjoy this - not the usual gun-slinging genius but a good story and some unusual twists. Thought the narrator overall was quite good but maybe a little over dramatic at some points.