The Man From Skibbereen Audiobook Sample
The Man From Skibbereen Audiobook
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
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’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”. Website: http://www.louislamour.com/
Jonathan 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.