The Rainbow Trail


Read by Richard Kilmer

(4.6 stars; 246 reviews)

The Rainbow Trail is a sequel to The Riders of the Purple Sage. Both novels are notable for their protagonists' mild opposition to Mormon polygamy, but in The Rainbow Trail this theme is treated more explicitly. The plots of both books revolve around the victimization of women in the Mormon culture: events in Riders of the Purple Sage are centered on the struggle of a Mormon woman who sacrifices her wealth and social status to avoid becoming a junior wife of the head of a local church, while The Rainbow Trail contrasts the older Mormons with the rising generation of Mormon women who will not tolerate polygamy and Mormon men who do not seek it. (Summary Wikipedia) (11 hr 13 min)

Chapters

01 - Red Lake 31:18 Read by Richard Kilmer
02 - The Sagi 33:55 Read by Richard Kilmer
03 - Kayenta 28:23 Read by Richard Kilmer
04 - New Friends - Part 1 20:41 Read by Richard Kilmer
05 - New Friends - Part 2 16:39 Read by Richard Kilmer
06 - On the Trail 31:32 Read by Richard Kilmer
07 - In the Hidden Valley 32:14 Read by Richard Kilmer
08 - Sago-Lilies - Part 1 22:55 Read by Richard Kilmer
09 - Sago_Lilies - Part 2 21:22 Read by Richard Kilmer
10 - The Hogan of Nas Ta Bega - Part 1 16:20 Read by Richard Kilmer
11 - The Hogan of Nas Ta Bega - Part 2 21:27 Read by Richard Kilmer
12 - In the Desert Crucible 6:45 Read by Richard Kilmer
13 - Stonebridge - Part 1 19:11 Read by Richard Kilmer
14 - Stonebridge - Part 2 21:01 Read by Richard Kilmer
15 - After the Trial - Part 1 21:37 Read by Richard Kilmer
16 - After the Trial - Part 2 14:25 Read by Richard Kilmer
17 - The Revelation - Part 1 21:21 Read by Richard Kilmer
18 - The Revelation - Part 2 19:49 Read by Richard Kilmer
19 - The Story of Surprise Valley - Part 1 19:21 Read by Richard Kilmer
20 - The Story of Surprise Valley - Part 2 27:40 Read by Richard Kilmer
21 - The Navajo 16:18 Read by Richard Kilmer
22 - Wild Justice - Part 1 28:00 Read by Richard Kilmer
23 - Wild Justice - Part 2 24:28 Read by Richard Kilmer
24 - Surprise Valley 32:11 Read by Richard Kilmer
25 - The Trail to Nonnezoshe - Part 1 25:34 Read by Richard Kilmer
26 - The Trail to Nonnezoshe - Part 2 28:57 Read by Richard Kilmer
27 - At the Foot of the Rainbow 17:07 Read by Richard Kilmer
28 - The Grand Canyon of the Colorado - Part 1 22:14 Read by Richard Kilmer
29 - The Grand Canyon of the Colorado - Part 2 18:06 Read by Richard Kilmer
30 - Willow Springs 7:10 Read by Richard Kilmer
31 - Epilogue 5:18 Read by Richard Kilmer

Reviews

Superb & somewhat sad

(3.5 stars)

Long book and somewhat sad. A book well. read..

(4 stars)

Not as good as the first but still a worth while read.

Rainbow trail

(4 stars)

good as I remembered it from my youth

great western

(5 stars)

good story and great reader

A good adventure

(3.5 stars)

The book is not as well paced or intense as Riders of the Purple Sage. Shefford is no Lassiter. He too often gets lost in his own dream world and needs others to snap him out of it. He is more a hero by accident and by the setup by others. I was sorry that Lassiter was portrayed as old and frail. I was hoping for at least one good gunfight where he could shine. I thought Fay Larkin was portrayed well, (wished she had really done the deed). Jane Withersteen was portrayed as just a shadow of her former self. I thought the new generation of Mormons and the exploited Indians were also well protrayed.

WESTERN HEROES SHOULD NOT BE INTROSPECTIVE

(5 stars)

The descriptions of the canyons and rivers are obviously made from much personal observation of same. They also are unexcelled in vividness; I can see them perfectly. I agree with Gingerspice, the hero is too indecisive for my view. Also, it seems that Lassiter and Jayne aged 25 years while Faye only aged 10 or 12. A note to Hellodie--true western tales were usually related in low, matter-of-fact tones. Kilmer does it perfectly. Be sure that you have read "Riders of the Purple Sage" before reading this one.

Remembrance of the West

(5 stars)

I Love the descriptive color of details that bring the scenes alive. The depth of the characters come alive as though you've known them. You can't help but be drawn in emotionally to the angst and drama of the experience. Zane shows respect to historical detail of the native Indian and reality of the people. The real grit and dirt as it was. Over it all the beauty of the desert country and its grandeur. I am glad to have read both this and Riders of the Purple Sage.

(5 stars)

I love this story and the previous!!!! This kind of western is my favorite. Zane Gray makes no difference between the different kind of people. He has good and bad white people, good and bad Indians and good and bad Mormons in there, even though he does not think the religion of the Mormons right. He tries to avoid as much violence as possible and it’s still a gripping story.