The Magic Quirt

The Magic Quirt

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by L. Ron Hubbard

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When it comes to boiling up a pot of coffee or stirring up a pot of stew, Old Laramie’s about as good a man as you’re going to find. But other than cooking three squares a day for the cowpunchers over at the Lazy G ranch, Laramie’s not good for much. He’s about as heroic as Walter Brennan on a bender.

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When it comes to boiling up a pot of coffee or stirring up a pot of stew, Old Laramie’s about as good a man as you’re going to find. But other than cooking three squares a day for the cowpunchers over at the Lazy G ranch, Laramie’s not good for much. He’s about as heroic as Walter Brennan on a bender.

But Laramie’s luck—and life—are about to take an amazing turn. Quite by accident, he somehow manages to save a family of Mexicans from bandits, and as a token of their gratitude they give him The Magic Quirt—a horsewhip that he’s told will turn him into a new man.

The transformation is indeed magical. Suddenly Laramie is performing feats of ingenuity and courage that would make even the Lone Ranger proud. But magic is a funny thing—and as Laramie’s about to discover, sometimes it’s all an illusion.

L. Ron Hubbard wrote of his childhood: “The weather of Montana is, of course, brutal. The country is immense and swallows up men rather easily, hence they have to live bigger than life to survive. There were still Indians around living in forlorn and isolated tepees. Notable among them was Old Tom, a full-fledged Blackfoot medicine man.” Hubbard and Old Tom became blood brothers, and the medicine man shared with him the kind of lore that make stories like The Magic Quirt as compelling as they are.

Also includes the Western adventures, Vengeance Is Mine!, the story of a young man who sets out to avenge his father’s death only to commit an act beyond redemption, and Stacked Bullets, in which a game of chance is fixed, a whole town is cheated, and nothing but a stack of bullets can make things right.

“Pure entertainment from first page to last with that L. Ron Hubbard touch giving this tale an enduring reading engagement from beginning to end.”
—Midwest Book Review

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"...any reader of pulps like Western Yarns, Western Aces, Western Action and The Rio Kid Western knew of a Hubbard who pounded his Remington typewriter, throwing a wide loop over the land of his beginnings.” —True West

"...the flair of Louis L'Amour or Zane Grey." —True West

"Each of these of these outstanding audio books are two hour productions characterized by talented multi-cast performances, which are enhanced with impressive special effects and thematic music. Flawless technical recordings, each and every one of these very special audio books provides the listener with a true 'theatre of the mind' experience and is enthusiastically recommended." —Midwest Book Review

Product Details

Galaxy Press, LLC
Publication date:
Western Short Stories Collection
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Sales rank:
820L (what's this?)
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

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As one of the 20 top bestselling authors of all time, with more than 325 million works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard stands alongside an illustrious company of writers. But he also stands alone—as an author who actually lived many of the stories he wrote.

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The Magic Quirt 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BruceD More than 1 year ago
This audiobook had me laughing in the first paragraph with old Laramie cussin his hosses callin out "Carnsarn ye for a pair of busted-down, walleyed, spavined ignorantipedes!" "Ignorantipedes!" Hell I cain't look at THAT word and not start laughin agin. Fine start. An his ole chuck wagon is a creakin' and a groanin' with them thar fine rickety sound effects while that chuck wagon cook be a fussin' away. Damn if he don't complain as much as his wagon. There's a twist in the end for Ole Laramie that had me done bust out with a "Pah-ha" of laughter in the end. It's a bit of a colorful moral tale set in the old west that Aesop might salute Mr Hubbard for here, or crown with a laurel wreath, because he did it so well and I didn't see it coming, (and unlike Aesop he doesn't state the moral of the story, you fill in the blank yourself). Like he done snuck up on me from behind and said, "BOO!" As an additional note I am reminded of my high school learning of Julius Caesar by Shakespeare. We used the line from near the beginning of the play Marullus was critically berating those cheering Caesar to learn our iambic pentameter (Act 1, Scene 1): You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things! Similar statements, different scenes and situations. Enjoy this audiobook.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
The Magic Quirt by L. Ron Hubbard audio 4STARS This is my first audio book review. I have listened to kindle books but that was just the text to speach feature. The audio cd has different voices and some sound effects. It got my dog to start barking with it. I like the stories, also like that I can do other things while listening. But if I need to go back and check on something I might have lost is harder that a book to flip back to or kindle text to speach feature. I think these would be great for car trips if you have a cd player. the Magic Quirt Old Laramie a cook is in the right place to save a family and was given a Magic Quirt that would make him be a big man. Old Laramie thinks he now is invisncible and takes risks. also include is two other stories VENGEANCE IS MINE! and STACKED BULLETS on two cds. If my dog would stop barking with cd I would be better to follow along. I was given this audio book to read in exchange of honest review from Librarything. I like L. Ron Hubbard stories and hope to read more of his work. also like the music in the cd. Publisher: Galaxy Press (October 22, 2012) 156 pages