Library Ed. Books on Tape 2004
CS ISBN 073669563X $36.00 Four cassettes
CD ISBN 073669918X $45.00 Six CDs
DD ISBN $18.17
David Strathairn reads Tyrel Sackett's first-person narrative of life in New Mexico and Montana when the West was being settled. Giving a straightforward reading, Strathairn doesn't differentiate the many male characters, and when he tries for a woman's voice, he sounds strained and unnatural. Overall, Strathairn's vocal quality, modulation, and tone are good but need more variety. Fortunately L'Amour's beautiful western imagery; the romance of Tyrel and his Spanish beauty, Drusilla; and the shoot-'em-up action of Tyrel and his brother, Marshal, will retain the interest of most listeners. This simple story is simply told and simply read. S.C.A. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 05]
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