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Friday, January 27, 2012

With These Hands (audiobook) by Louis L'Amour


Published in 2002 by Random House Audio
Read by Keith Carradine
Duration: Approximately 3 hours.

There are 11 stories in the original printed book version of this book but this audio version contains only three unabridged stories from the book: "With These Hands", "Dream Fighter" and "Voyage to Tobalai".

These re-reprinted short stories (originally they appeared in pulp fiction magazines) are read by veteran actor Keith Carradine who does a great job, especially with "Dream Fighter" - the best in this collection and also the introductory story for Kip Morgan who L'amour uses in other boxing and later detective stories. Carradine creates a unique old-style boxing trainer voice that perfectly fits the 1940s-style slang used in the text.

Louis L'Amour
"With These Hands" is the story of an oil company executive that survives a plane crash in Alaska in the winter and his efforts to survive. "Dream Fighter" is the best of the bunch - it is about an up and coming fighter who dreams how he will win his fights will take place and simply does what his dreams tell him to do. "Voyage to Tobalai" features another recurring L'Amour character, Ponga Jim Mayo, in a World War II adventure.

I rate this audiobook 4 stars out of 5.

Reviewed on December 23, 2007.

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