The Last of the Plainsmen

Read by John W. Michaels

(4.5 stars; 239 reviews)

Travel along as Mike Vendetti aka miketheauctioneer narrates an outstanding true account of a trip made in 1909 by Zane Grey and a plainsman, Buffalo Jones, through the Grand Canyon to lasso a cougar. That’s right, lasso. Throw a rope around. That’s equivalent to catching one by the tail.

As I narrated this book, I found fact to be as exciting as fiction. This part of the west was relatively wild and untamed at this time. Wolves, wild horses, buffalo and other wildlife were quite prevalent, and the Indians were not that friendly.

This adventure would never make it to “Animal Planet”, or as a National Geographic special, because there is quite a lot of what we would consider cruelty to animals, but this is a true story, and life as it was at the turn of the last century. Parts of this story will offend the sensibilities of some, but it is a glimpse into a world that no longer exists. I was definitely drawn into this story, as I hope the listener will be. (Summary by Mike Vendetti) (7 hr 11 min)


00 - Prefatory Note 3:39 Read by John W. Michaels
01 - The Arizona Desert 36:10 Read by John W. Michaels
02 - The Range 34:01 Read by John W. Michaels
03 - The Last Herd 27:47 Read by John W. Michaels
04 - The Trail 32:45 Read by John W. Michaels
05 - Oak Spring 13:10 Read by John W. Michaels
06 - The White Mustang 18:18 Read by John W. Michaels
07 - Snake Gulch 24:16 Read by John W. Michaels
08 - Naza! Naza! Naza! 15:28 Read by John W. Michaels
09 - The Land of the Musk-Ox 20:39 Read by John W. Michaels
10 - Success and Failure 30:54 Read by John W. Michaels
11 - On the Siwash 31:09 Read by John W. Michaels
12 - Old Tom 27:48 Read by John W. Michaels
13 - Singing Cliffs 28:24 Read by John W. Michaels
14 - All Heroes but One 28:32 Read by John W. Michaels
15 - Jones on Cougars 15:41 Read by John W. Michaels
16 - Kitty 37:06 Read by John W. Michaels
17 - Conclusion 5:23 Read by John W. Michaels



(5 stars)

This book is a wonderful early travelogue and the narrator is brilliant, his lovely deep sonorous voice is perfect for the material, despite the (sometimes) raw nature of the writing there are some very funny passages and the reader captures the humour in the book perfectly. Highly recommended

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(5 stars)

this is a total Man story this is a story for men about men of western novels a lot of western novels


(5 stars)

What a trip! I am exhausted and bruised from this hunt. It was just like one of those Disney specials narrated by Rex Allen, except with no video.

(5 stars)

Wow! This is the best narration of any book I’ve ever listened to. It’s as good or maybe better than reading one of my dad’s old hard back Zane Grey novels.

(5 stars)

Great story read by a reader as good as they come. Here in Idaho we still have hunters that life like this, making the story all the more relevant and fun.

Interesting snapshot of the west.

(5 stars)

The reader was perfect for the story. This is the first Zane Grey book I've listened to or read, I will be looking up more.

very exciting tale!

(5 stars)

great story made better by an excellent narrator!

awesome book and awesome narration!! a true adventure!!

(5 stars)