The Man From Skibbereen Audiobook by Louis L’Amour (Review)

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Review of: The man from Skibbereen Audiobook
Louis L'Amour

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On October 8, 2019
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The Man From Skibbereen Audiobook

By: Louis L’Amour

Narrated by: Jonathan Davis

Published by Random House Audio 8/13/2019

The Man From Skibbereen Audiobook

4 Hearts rating image Hot Listens

7 hrs and 30 mins

genre: Western Fiction, Mystery

The Man From Skibbereen Audiobook Sample

The Man From Skibbereen Audiobook

4.0 Hearts

A young adventurous Irishman fresh from County Cork finds himself faced with an utter change in his destiny because he decided to get off the train he was riding west to a track laying job for the Union Pacific. Instead, he stumbles into someone else’s trouble involving a conspiracy that would rock the healing country which had just been torn apart by a civil war.

Crispin Mayo doesn’t know the lay of the land and that is in all ways when he is put into the thick of things. He’s come west with little more than his own strength and a bit of Irish luck and finds himself thrust into a heroic role. Classic David and Goliath story as he learns the ropes of the hard frontier, makes a few good friends, and gets lucky more times than any one person can count on in his adventures.

Yes, it is most definitely far-fetched, but it’s one of those yarns that you just go with because it’s the style and tone that has an authentic western backdrop and details while the story reminds one a legend or tall tale. I love stories where a person goes on an adventure and comes into their own so this was a hit with me.

My one niggle is that it had a semi open-ended finish where the reader/listener has been given the person’s plans and is left with the assumption that it will happen rather than an additional chapter or epilogue to show it actually took place.

All in all, I was glad to once again dive into Louis L’Amour’s western world. It was tough and gritty, but there is honor and heroics in classic western-style. Maybe not one of his better-known stories, but still an engaging tale.

The Man From Skibbereen Audiobook Narration

5 Hearts

The narrator was new to me, but Jonathan Davis did a superb job voicing all the characters. Crispin and a few others had a distinguishable Irish accent, a few had southern, some mild western, and different education and social polishes.

I had no trouble distinguishing even though there were many male voices. He had the pace and tone of the story and I liked the moderate level of acting rather than just storytelling he put into it. Definitely a narrator I’ll look for in future.

Louis L’AmourLouis L'Amour was an American author. L’Amour’s books, primarily Western fiction, remain enormously popular, and most have gone through multiple printings. At the time of his death all 101 of his works were in print (86 novels, 14 short-story collections and one full-length work of nonfiction) and he was considered “one of the world’s most popular writers”.

Narrator: Jonathan DavisJonathan Davis is a critically acclaimed narrator and voice-over actor. He is a three‐time winner and fifteen‐time nominee of the coveted Audie Award. Davis’s documentary narration credits include films and programming for National Geographic Television, National Geographic Channel, VH1, and PBS. His voice can also be heard in commercials, video games, and animation.

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My thanks to Penguin-Random House Audio for the opportunity to listen to this story in exchange for an honest review.

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Sophia Rose
Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.


  1. Although I’m not a fan of westerns, I love reading your reviews. I’m hooked on your reviews and now I see this author’s name everywhere! Thanks for sharing.

    • Ah, made my day with your kind words, Jen! Glad I can entertain you with my reviews. 🙂

  2. While it’s not my kind of book I’m glad to hear that you liked it for the most part.

    • Yeah, it won’t be for everyone, but thanks, I had a good time, Mary! 🙂

  3. I’ve always wanted to give L’Amour a try, Sophia. And this one sounds good! Plus, since the narration is good, I can give it a listen. 🙂 Great review!

    • Glad to give you a good referral, Brandee. 🙂 I’ve enjoyed several of the narrators so its been fun exploring each story now.

  4. I really should give a western a try. I say I don’t like them because I am not huge on movie westerns, but I don’t mind books set in the old west (horror, romance, etc), so I don’t know I might like it…lol.

    • Oh yes! Several of his even have mysteries that you might enjoy. Try the Borden Chantry one first, Stormi! 🙂

  5. Glad you were able to appreciate this, tall tale and all!

    • LOL, I think that feeling of it being a tall tale was the funnest part. 🙂

  6. I have not read any of Louis L’Amour’s work and I don’t know why. I grew up watching westerns with my dad and I think that I tend to enjoy these kinds of stories as a result. I am not a fan of open endings though.

    • How neat that you shared the western love with your dad.

      Yeah, I was not impressed with that ending just stopping like that. 🙂

  7. fantastic review lady! Wow I love how he pulls in all the real west stuff like Civil War, immigrants the whole historical nine yards. Thanks

    • I love that he does give a broad experience, too. You bet, Debbie! 🙂

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