by Louis L’amour
Published by: Penguin Random House
Narrator: Jason Culp
Length: 5 hours 52 minutes
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
Narration Rating: 4.5
Bill Canavan rode into the valley with a dream to start his own ranch. But when he managed to stake claims on the three best water holes, the other ranchers turned against him.
No one is more determined to see Canavan dead than Star Levitt. Levitt is an unscrupulous businessman who has been accumulating cattle at an alarming rate. Suspicious after witnessing a secret meeting between the riders of warring ranches, Bill begins noticing other dubious behavior: Why is Levitt's fiancee, Dixie Venable, acting more like a hostage than a willing bride-to-be?
Canavan doesn't have much time to figure out what's going on. The entire valley is against him, and everyone is ready to shoot on sight.
Please welcome Sophia Rose to Caffeinated as she takes us to the western frontier. Today she shared her thoughts on the audio version of Where the Long Grass Blows by Louis L’amour. Saddle up and enjoy!
Sophia Rose’s Review
When I crave a visit to the rough Western frontier and a colorful story about the people of the West, I reach for a Louis L’amour book more often than not. I get a real sense of time and place and a man of the moment from his stories. I was so glad to see his books being produced for audio so I could appreciate them in a whole new way.
Jason Culp was a first-time narrator for me, but I thought he did a great job telling a western story with its variety of western characters and their situations. Most of the characters are male and he gave them individual vocal mannerisms that fit what the story seemed to say about them. There were only a couple female voices which were well enough. I thought he really captured the spirit of L’amour’s writing.
Our hero in Where the Long Grass Blows has turned a corner in his life and decided that he needs to stop drifting and settle into one place for the long haul. Canavan has been many things and his life was shaped by hard experiences that honed him. He selects a ranching valley with all that he wants in land and circumstances. There’s a range war going on and he hopes to be there when the dust settles.
L’amour slowly reveals more about Canavan as the story progresses so that the reader learns that he’s not only and exactly what he seems from the opening lines. But neither are any of the people who he encounters in the valley and the town of Solidad. There are mysterious goings on all around and he has to figure out what is truly happening just for the sake of survival.
Bill Canavan has a meet-cute for the ages when a stunning lady rider insults his horse and he challenges her to a race. Dixie Venable is fire and vim. I liked her for much of the story and thought her a great match for Canavan. Though, I have to admit that she didn’t strike me as very bright and, when her part of the truth comes out in the end, I was a little letdown.
The gritty gun battles and showdowns were exciting. Just as the tension from the mysterious happenings kept me intrigued. I loved the cowboy camaraderie Canavan had with his new friends.
And of course those sweeping descriptions of setting and historical detail that put me right there in the moment.
All in all, Where the Long Grass Blows was a fantastic western interlude full of gritty, shoot ’em up action and a nice side of mystery and romance.Where the Long Grass Blows by Louis L’amour a gritty, shoot 'em up with a nice side of mystery and romance. #audio Click To Tweet
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