Big Country, Volume 1
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: January 2006
Duration: 2 hours 22 minutes
Louis L'Amour said the West was no place for the frightened or the mean. It was a big country needing big men and women to live in it. The two stories in this collection provide a good sample of the kinds of people he had in mind.
In Ride, You Tonto Raiders, Matt Sabre is a young and experienced gunfighter. When he shoots a man who forces him to draw, to his surprise, the man on his deathbed gives him $5,000 and begs him to take the money to his wife who is alone in defending the family ranch in the Mogollons. A combination of guilt, regret, and wanting to do the right thing leads Matt Sabre to make that ride.
War Party A boy on the brink of manhood, a resourceful frontier woman who has beauty as well as fortitude, and a strong male character who is single and hence marriageable come together in this powerful, romantic, and strangely compelling vision of the American West.
As Stefan Rudnicki narrates Ride, You Tonto Raiders, about a gunfighter who promises to help the widow of a man he shot, and War Party, about an encounter with the Sioux, he captures L'Amour's romantic picture of the men and women who settled the West. Rudnicki's deep, commanding voice perfectly captures the tough edge of men who consider a three-to-one fight even. It also maintains the calm steadiness of those strong men. Louis L'Amour's stories have the clich's that listeners would expect, but his characterizations, attention to detail, and well-placed surprises make his writing continue to resonate after half-a-century. AudioFile