Are Louis L'Amour's Sackett novels the best audiobooks
within gunshot and earshot?
Without a doubt, on the prairie part of the West,
away from Santa Teresa.
The teaming of Louis L'Amour, the Sackett family,
and rangy readers John Curless & David Strathairn,
is as felicitous as that of Sue Grafton, Kinsey Milhone, and Judy Kaye.
The Sackett saga is about family.
The early novels are about the voyage to the New World
and the migration west, and wend their way from Robert Louis Stevenson
into James Fenimore Cooper territory.
The latter ones are about men mannish & masculine & macho,
come down from the mountains of Tennessee,
and wandering the more conventional cattle country of movies.
Almost always, it is about one of the Sacketts getting into trouble,
and unfailing family fealty calling relatives from all far directions
to his aid. When they finally arrive and stand beside him against the baddies,
it's a damn good feeling.
READ BY JOHN CURLESS
To the Far Blue Mountains
The Warrior's Path
READ BY DAVID STRATHAIRN
The Lonely Men
Lonely On The Mountain
The Sackett Brand
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