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Summary

They came by river and by wagon train, braving the endless distances of the Great Plains and the icy passes of the Sierra Nevada. They were men like Linus Rawlings, a restless survivor of Indian country who’d headed east to see the ocean but left his heart - and his home - in the West. They were women like Lilith Prescott, a smart, spirited beauty who fled her family and fell for a gambling man in the midst of a frontier gold boom. These pioneering men and women sowed the seeds of a nation with their courage - and with their blood. Here is the story of how their paths would meet amid the epic struggle against fierce enemies and nature’s cruelty, to win for all time the rich and untamed West.

©1965 Louis L'Amour (P)2011 Random House Audio

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A fantastic read for western lovers

This is a seriously good audio book. The naration and storyline are excellent. A fantastic followup to the movie of the same name. Beware of the varmits!!!!!

Brian in Spain

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  • Skaught
  • 08-03-13

I thought the movie was good!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No wonder they made a movie out of this book! This book is outstanding! The fascinating lives of the family tree that begins out east and moves across the continent kept me hooked, wanting to keep listening to see how the story would unfold. I sat up late night at night skipping sleep to listen to the book, not wanting to stop but keep going. Great book, well written!!! Highly recommended!!!

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  • Kody
  • 08-10-15

great

loved it. good story. in joyed how it jumped around to other people story. good book.

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  • Becky
  • 18-08-11

Not the same.

My family and I love things about the west, so Louis L'Amour is one of our favorite authors and we have many of the audio books by him, this one just wasn't the same, it is kind of sad. It just isn't one of his best books.

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  • Jeff
  • 14-07-18

If you like the movie you will like

It’s great story, I wish it was longer. I will listen it it again. Worth it

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  • bookouri
  • 13-07-18

Could not finish this one

I think this is the only L'amour book I ever read that I just did not enjoy. One of the things I like best about Mr. L'amour's books is that the story always ends with the hero(s) living "happily ever after." But, in this book, it seems like we just keep meeting characters in order to see them fail and die.

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  • Robert McCutchen
  • 06-07-17

Wow!

Short and to the point. This is basically all of the Sackett stories rolled up into one. Towards the end seemed a bit familiar, but rich with yarns that of which only LL can spin. Definitely in my top five. You'll thank yourself later for giving it a listen/read.

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  • Spencer Wicks
  • 02-05-17

Needs a new narrator

The book may be great. The narration is horrible! Reader moves two quick between characters. Hard to follow who is speaking.

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  • dustin
  • 23-07-16

awesome

Classic L'amour, I enjoyed this book throughly. Can't wait to read the next exciting saga.

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  • Ted
  • 15-01-13

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What disappointed you about How the West Was Won?

It was just a rewrite of the movie I saw the movie in 62

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Write it before a movie is made

How did the narrator detract from the book?

No

What character would you cut from How the West Was Won?

None

Any additional comments?

No

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