The Bells of San Juan


Read by John W. Michaels

(4.4 stars; 71 reviews)

Rod Norton is a lawman in a land where bandits and criminals make their own rules. Risking his life for justice and a future with the woman he loves, mortal danger awaits. For Norton and those in peril, the Bells of San Juan will chime. (Summary by Betty M.) (7 hr 7 min)

Chapters

00 - Introduction 3:56 Read by John W. Michaels
01 - The Bells Ring 18:54 Read by John W. Michaels
02 - The Sheriff of San Juan 17:23 Read by John W. Michaels
03 - A Man's Boots 16:28 Read by John W. Michaels
04 - At the Banker's House 24:58 Read by John W. Michaels
05 - In the Darkness of the Patio 17:58 Read by John W. Michaels
06 - A Ride Through the Night 17:33 Read by John W. Michaels
07 - In the Home of the Cliff-Dwellers 13:43 Read by John W. Michaels
08 - Jim Galloway's Game 15:46 Read by John W. Michaels
09 - Young Page Comes to Town 18:49 Read by John W. Michaels
10 - A Bribe and a Threat 22:39 Read by John W. Michaels
11 - The Fight at La Casa Blanca 25:22 Read by John W. Michaels
12 - Wavering in the Balance 8:59 Read by John W. Michaels
13 - Concealment 24:58 Read by John W. Michaels
14 - A Free Man 13:05 Read by John W. Michaels
15 - The King's Palace 22:47 Read by John W. Michaels
16 - The Mexican from Mexico 8:32 Read by John W. Michaels
17 - A Stack of Gold Pieces 14:17 Read by John W. Michaels
18 - Desire Outweighs Discretion 14:15 Read by John W. Michaels
19 - Deadlock 17:07 Read by John W. Michaels
20 - Fluff and Black Bill 11:02 Read by John W. Michaels
21 - A Crisis 21:40 Read by John W. Michaels
22 - The Beginning of the End 10:15 Read by John W. Michaels
23 - The Strong Hand of Galloway 13:19 Read by John W. Michaels
24 - In the Open 10:28 Read by John W. Michaels
25 - The Battle in the Arroyo 14:27 Read by John W. Michaels
26 - The Bells Ring 9:03 Read by John W. Michaels

Reviews

Great reading of a transgressive Western


(5 stars)

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. Listening to it really brought home to me how many Westerns are created using the Stoic virtue ethics, with its emphasis on fortitude and civic responsibility. Seneca and Marcus Aurelius would have no problem recognizing the motivations of the hero Rod Norton. But at the same time it is also transgressive in its plot, which relies on the fact that white settlers of the Southwest were prepared to blame Mexicans rather than other white people for crimes, and in having a love interest who is a fully rounded, capable, intelligent, and educated woman (a doctor, no less, at a time when women doctors were so rare as to be almost nonexistent). The reading is excellent, though the reader stumbles at a few less common English words. My favorite was when "nonplussed" became "non-pulsed", momentarily turning this into a Zombie Western. Incidentally, there's an interesting portion of the novel that strongly implies that Jackson Gregory was familiar with the case of Phineas Gage and that he kept up with the latest neuroscience.

Sparky


(4.5 stars)

I cannot say any more clearly than the previous Nullifidian..a few bits seem far fetched but the reader made it believable and is a favorite of mine


(5 stars)

John Michaels has knocked another one out of the park!!

couldn't get into story, became background noise after chp. 3


(1 stars)