I enjoy adventure stories, and this one was pretty good, although I sometimes wanted to smack the author for his stubborness in the face of danger! Listening to the book was really enjoyable - it even made me want to see a copy of the book to see if there are maps of the places he trekked.
Let me first say that this is a genre I thought I would not enjoy AT ALL, but felt obliged to listen to the tapes. These were just excellent! The readers, including Johnny Cash, Kris Kristoferson, etc., were very professional, and who knew - L'Amour writes stories that would appeal to men and women. If you have always wanted to "test the waters" vis-a-vis L'Amour, this is definitely the way to go.
Forget everything you know about the movie of this book - the book itself is absolutely great, a riveting read and classic Tom Wolf with his great prose style and insight on popular culture. The movie was horribly miscast and a total waste. Read the book!