from the script are then used to audition a group
of actors to play the various parts. The actors breifly
rehearse then, a day or two later, the show is recorded.
Sound effects are created using various tricks from
the early days of radio, like using coconut shells
on cereal, kitty litter, and rocks to simulate the
sound of horses hooves, and blowing gently into an
unprotected microphone for the sound of a hot, blustery,
breeze (as opposed to cold whistling wind). Music
is added. The scenes are edited and then the elements
(dialogue, sound effects, and music) are mixed together
to give you the final “radio drama” style program.
As of today most of the Louis L’Amour audio books
are in the audio drama or “radio drama” format. However,
there are a group of stories from the collection “Yondering”
that have been read in a solo performance by actor
Richard Crenna and which feature in depth, biographical,
interviews with Louis, himself. There is also "Trap
of Gold and Hattan's Castle" and "Showdown
Trail" read by Richard Crenna and "The Trail
to Peach Meadow Canyon", read by Robert Stack.
More reciently, full length, un-abridged recordings
have been done of the Sackett Series and others will
become available on an on-going basis.