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The Call of the Canyon
The Call of the Canyon
The Call of the Canyon
Audiobook7 hours

The Call of the Canyon

Written by Zane Grey

Narrated by John Bolen

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars



About this audiobook

From the master of the western comes a tale of love tested by the rugged life of the American Southwest. Carley Burch, a beautiful young woman, must leave her glamorous high-society life of New York to follow her fiance, Glenn Kilbourne, to the rugged Wild West. She braves fierce ruffians, brutal elements, and lack of civilization in an attempt to reclaim him. Glenn, suffering from shell shock and the betrayal of his country following World War I, had moved west to recover. He then fell in love with the West, and his perspective on life was changed forever. Glenn now finds his previous high-society life repulsive. Can Carley adapt to the rigorous life of the West? Will she be able to convince Glenn to return to his "home" in New York? Will she be in time before a rival temptress steals Glenn away?
PublisherTantor Audio
Release dateMar 9, 2009

Zane Grey

Zane Grey (1872–1939) was an American writer best known for western literature. Born and raised in Ohio, Grey was one of five children from an English Quaker family. As a youth, he developed an interest in sports, history and eventually writing. He attended University of Pennsylvania where he studied dentistry, while balancing his creative endeavors. One of his first published pieces was the article “A Day on the Delaware" (1902), followed by the novels Betty Zane (1903) and The Spirit of the Border (1906). His career spanned several decades and was often inspired by real-life settings and events.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    When Zane Grey is doing plot westerns, he's very good. But l;et him stick some environmental descriptions in, he gets lost in the poppies.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    I listen to books via audio versions and like Audible.com's version of this book.

    It mixes southwest scenery with New York society of the 20's. I enjoyed very much the writing and portrayal of the scenery and the color of the characters.
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    a quick Zane Greynsince i was hiking the canyon where they shot the movie based on the book. tht made the book more vivid. otherwise just a typical Grey.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    The book takes place soon after World War I. The basis of the book is a woman whose fiancé travels west to Arizona to heal from the injuries he sustained in the war. At the beginning of the book, she is a New York socialite who doesn’t seem to understand what is means to be an American. She travels to Arizona to see her fiancé, Glenn. As she spends time out there, she learns to love the land, even if she does not want to admit it to herself. She returns home and realizes that she does indeed want to live in Arizona.This is as much of a romance as it is a Western. As the author describes the scenery in Arizona, you can tell that he loves the wilderness. There are detailed descriptions of the area in Arizona that the story takes place. This is more of a romantic Western then a true romance novel. I did enjoy the book, but won’t make it a habit of reading this type of books all of the time.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    It is 1919 and Carley Burch is a young orphaned woman who lives a socialite’s life of ease and pleasure in her New York City family home with her aunt Mary. Her fiancé Glenn Kilbourne has come home an injured, sick, and broken man after fighting in France during World War I, so he has gone West to Arizona, near Flagstaff, that he might recover his health. However, Glenn’s letters to Carley are becoming increasingly puzzling, so she makes a surprise visit to see him. While there she stays in the lodge run by his neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Hutter and their daughter Flo, who seems to be sweet on Glenn, and meets their hired men, Charley and Lee, the latter of whom had been Flo’s boyfriend. She also meets the rude, crude Raze Huff, a sheep dipper who has eyes for her. Glenn has become a hog farmer and realizes that he can never return to his former shallow life. Carley, while she loves the West, thinks that she can never be the wife of a simple hog farmer, so she breaks their engagement and returns to New York. However, even though she throws herself back into her socialite’s life, she finds it empty and unsatisfying. Finally, she decides that she must return to Arizona and marry Glenn. When she arrives, Glenn and the Hutters are away to buy hogs. She even purchases land near Glenn’s farm which he had earlier expressed a desire to obtain so that he might expand his operations, and has a house built on it. So what will she do when she hears a rumor that during her absence Glenn has married Flo? Zane Grey was one of the favorite authors of my father, who enjoyed Westerns. Not all of Grey’s books were bang-bang, shoot-‘em-up cowboy stories of the Old West, like his most famous one, Riders of the Purple Sage (1912). The Call of the Canyon is a more contemporary, romantic tale, yet it still is characterized by a love of the West that shines through in his so many of Grey[s other novels. It is filled with beautiful, lengthy descriptions of the Arizona countryside and a passion for the West and its scenery. I found it an enjoyable book. Carley’s ultimate conclusions about the emptiness of her life in response to her friends’ pleas are just as relevant today as they were in her time. This excellent story opposes drinking, smoking, immodesty and strongly opposes idleness, selfishness, and living for high society, and it strongly advocates man as bread winner and woman as homemaker, wife, and mother. But it is marred by a few profanities. There are also several references to dancing and one reference to the Grand Canyon’s existence for “millions of years,” but many instances of gratitude to God for blessings and beauty are found. I recommend it for teens and adults.