Ignore S. Buck's review that states this is only 5 chapters of the book. It is the entire book in an ABRIDGED version, as the description states. It is just broken up into 5 Audible "chapters" that do not relate to the chapters of the book. Doubtful that this person actually listened to the audiobook.
In any event, it is a good intro to McKee's book, and may encourage you to buy the complete print edition for a fuller experience of McKee's teachings.
Gardner appears to have twin goals in this book. One is to write an authoritative history of two already well-documented historical figures, and the second is to spin an entertaining Western yarn. Unfortunately, his research seems to be primarily from better works that have preceded his book, such as BILLY THE KID: THE ENDLESS RIDE by Michael Wallis, and BILLY THE KID: A SHORT AND VIOLENT LIFE by esteemed Western historian Robert Utley, who also wrote an excellent history of the Lincoln County War. Gardner's annotations are skimpy and rather vague, and many of the "untold" parts are simply imagined by Gardner for the sake of spinning his tale.
The other problem with Gardner's book is that is much more about Garrett than Billy. The entire Lincoln County War is skimmed through in a chapter or two, and Billy is killed by Garrett just a little past the midpoint of the book. What fills almost the last half of the book are detailed accounts of events throughout the remainder of Garrett's life that are really not all that interesting, and undeserving of the volume of pages devoted to them. I guess is the "untold" part, but the greater availability of documentation of these events does not create absorbing reading.
The third problem with this book is the reader Alan Sklar. The worst type of audiobook actor is the frustrated actor who needs to show off how many dialects he can perform, regardless of the appropriateness of their usage, particularly in a nonfiction work. Sklar imagines himself here as an old rodeo hand from some 50's TV show, but the hundreds of "killins'" and "ridins'" in his narration do not enhance the story, nor do his pepperings of cheesy Irish and Mexican accents . . . they just add a comic element to the story that it can do without.
This audiobook is so bad I'm trying to get a refund from Audible. The title and descriptive copy is completely misleading, as it has nothing to do with network marketing. It is entirely about "party" selling like Tupperware (where they came from), Mary Kay etc. Even if you are a woman interested in this kind of marketing, this program is worthless. Tedious and redundant with very little useful info and a LOT of filler. The male co-author actually has the gall to refer to himself as "Doctor" Phillips throughout the program -- though the source of his "PhD" cannot be found in any of his credentials.
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