Read by Rowdy Delaney

(4.6 stars; 290 reviews)

“Max Brand", the most used pseudonym of Frederick Schiller Faust (1892-1944), is best known today for his western fiction. Faust began in the early twentieth century selling his stories to the pulp magazines, writing in many genres under numerous pseudonyms. He is probably best known as the creator of the character Destry. His novel Destry Rides Again has been filmed several times, most notably the 1939 version starring James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich. Also his character Dr. Kildare which was popularized in film and on television earned him a fortune.
Faust’s novel The Untamed, the first of three novels featuring the classic western hero Dan Barry was filmed in 1920, starring Tom Mix. Faust became a front line war correspondent and died of wounds received while traveling with American soldiers in Italy, May 12, 1944.
Trailin’ (1919) tells the story of Anthony Bard, a young aristocract from the east with a hunger for adventure, who sees his father murdered in the yard of their home. This starts young Anthony on a trail of vengeance that leads him to the far west. Here, Anthony, a tenderfoot with a knack for survival must track down a legendary outlaw who waits for him, not with a gun, but with a story. Along the way he braves the elements, resists a band of cold-blooded killers and finds love. A classic western revenge plot…..with a twist. (summary by Rowdy Delaney) (7 hr 23 min)


La-a-a Dies an' Gen'l'mun 12:48 Read by Rowdy Delaney
Sporting Chance 12:48 Read by Rowdy Delaney
Social Suicide 11:18 Read by Rowdy Delaney
A Session Of Chat 13:39 Read by Rowdy Delaney
Anthony Is Left In The Dark 8:28 Read by Rowdy Delaney
John Bard 11:36 Read by Rowdy Delaney
Bluebeard's Room 8:59 Read by Rowdy Delaney
Marty Wilkes 9:24 Read by Rowdy Delaney
"This Place For Rest" 10:10 Read by Rowdy Delaney
A Bit Of Stalking 10:17 Read by Rowdy Delaney
The Quest Begins 11:16 Read by Rowdy Delaney
The First Day 11:59 Read by Rowdy Delaney
A Touch Of Crimson 9:04 Read by Rowdy Delaney
Lemonade 14:40 Read by Rowdy Delaney
The Darkness Of Eldara 9:48 Read by Rowdy Delaney
Bluff 10:10 Read by Rowdy Delaney
Butch Returns 14:48 Read by Rowdy Delaney
Foolish Habits 9:25 Read by Rowdy Delaney
The Candle 7:07 Read by Rowdy Delaney
Joan 9:36 Read by Rowdy Delaney
The Swimming Of The Saverack 9:44 Read by Rowdy Delaney
Drew Smiles 8:07 Read by Rowdy Delaney
The Comedy Setting 9:07 Read by Rowdy Delaney
Sam'l Hall 8:30 Read by Rowdy Delaney
Hair Like The Sunshine 6:55 Read by Rowdy Delaney
"The Critique Of Pure Reason" 8:29 Read by Rowdy Delaney
The Stage 10:05 Read by Rowdy Delaney
Sally Breaks A Mirror 12:38 Read by Rowdy Delaney
The Show 9:15 Read by Rowdy Delaney
The Lamp 9:29 Read by Rowdy Delaney
Nash Starts The Finish 8:50 Read by Rowdy Delaney
To "Apprehend" A Man 13:59 Read by Rowdy Delaney
Nothing New 13:37 Read by Rowdy Delaney
Criticism 9:45 Read by Rowdy Delaney
Abandon 15:02 Read by Rowdy Delaney
Jerry Wood 9:28 Read by Rowdy Delaney
"Todo Es Perdo" 9:36 Read by Rowdy Delaney
Bacon 13:19 Read by Rowdy Delaney
Legal Murder 11:10 Read by Rowdy Delaney
Partners 11:52 Read by Rowdy Delaney
Sally Weeps 17:00 Read by Rowdy Delaney


(4 stars)

A well-crafted and very compelling story, and equally well narrated! Can't wait to follow it up with similar. I much appreciate Librivox's suggestions of related items. Thank you to all concerned! 👍 PS I tried to give five stars but was blocked. Perhaps I've missed some reason/explanation why.

pretty decent western revenge tale, read well

(4 stars)

Max Brand sometimes wrote detective stories, when he wasn't writing westerns. In this book, he combines the western with the murder mystery. You don't expect a western to open in NYC, at Madison Square Garden no less, but this one does. A few chapters later, a young man, well educated and otherwise citified, sees his father murdered in their New York home. He then sets out for the wild west in search of the cowboy whodunit. In a late plot twist that the average reader will see coming a mile away, the young man learns that all is not as he has thought. Meanwhile, his tenderfootin' ways make him multiple enemies, yet win the heart of a woman. As expected with Max Brand, the story is well told and the characters are interesting, if not overwhelmingly original. The reader did a good job, though at least twice slipping in the chapter introductions and calling the book "Trailin' by Zane Grey." Easy mistake to make. Can it be fixed? Please forgive my pointing it out. I really did enjoy the reader's pleasant voice and performance. Personally, I like Grey a lot better but Brand ain't bad.

Trails cross many hearts!

(5 stars)

Thanks, Rowdy Delaney from Idaho, for another superb reading! Max Brand always writes to make you feel like there is just no way out for our Hero! We get to go west, experience with Anthony horses and guns, good guys and bad, and that things that are not as you think they are can change the whole course of your life! What a clever play on the word "trailin!"

Skips by 3-4+ chapters

(5 stars)

The chapter sequence skips 3-4+ at a time so watch for the chapter to chapter changes or you will miss 2/3rds of the book and not at all understand what a great read it is. Wonderful story told by a peerless author!!!


(5 stars)

From start to finish, enjoyed every aspect of this work... a good mystery...a fine reader who brought the characters alive...a bad guy for good measure....some interesting bits about the culture...just enough description of the terrain...action.. Philosophical moments...and a happy, predictable ending

Great Western love story

(5 stars)

it the story of two men who love the same woman, and a father and son. finding that love is no easy task. it takes another women of courage. Read by a good reader.


(4.5 stars)

Another great "non-western" western by MB. Even though the secret seemed to be obvious, getting to the climax was entertainind. A very fine reading.


(5 stars)

First time for reading this book I. I have received m any pleasant hours with Max Brand westerns !