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The Great Taos Bank Robbery: And Other True Stories of the Southwest | [Tony Hillerman]

The Great Taos Bank Robbery: And Other True Stories of the Southwest

This classic collection of nonfiction essays about life in New Mexico by the great Tony Hillerman remains a must listen for anyone looking to understand the state's unique charm. The engaging pieces in The Great Taos Bank Robbery unveil the life and magic one experiences in the Land of Enchantment.
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This classic collection of nonfiction essays about life in New Mexico by the great Tony Hillerman remains a must listen for anyone looking to understand the state's unique charm. The engaging pieces in The Great Taos Bank Robbery unveil the life and magic one experiences in the Land of Enchantment.

©1973 Tony Hillerman (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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"This collection is the essence of Hillerman, which is always instructive fun." (New Mexican)

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    Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-28-12
    Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2012

    I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."

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    "How Tony Hillerman Got His Start"

    Yes, it’s Tony Hillerman from his first youthful stories as a cub reporter. He was amazing from the very beginning, when no one knew his name other than the local readers. Immediately, you feel the same quick-witted, careful observation that’s part of his novels; but also, his warmth, humility, humor, and love of New Mexico.

    This edition of The Great Taos Bank Robbery has even more stories than the first release, and a foreword written by Hillerman's daughter, who is just as enchanting as her father.

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    Mark Lakewood, CO, United States 05-20-15
    Mark Lakewood, CO, United States 05-20-15 Member Since 2013

    I spend 90+ minutes a day in my car, Audible makes it enjoyable regardless of what's happening in traffic. My taste varies from endurance fitness to economics and from to combat stories and romance novels.

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    "An entertaining book for exploring the southwest"

    A few months ago I stumbled upon Dead Run, which led me to Tony Hillerman as I decided it was time to explore and relearn the desert southwest I played in twenty years ago. The Great Taos Bank Robbery is a collection of essays that run the gamut of local politics, local history and modern epidemiology. Somehow the stories connect well because of the land they're centered on, despite exploring many different topics over many centuries (and millennia) of human history.

    The author does a great job of keeping things light, entertaining, but still informs and educates. Gotta love that blend.

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    L. Weems 03-30-15
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    "A must read!"

    This is an excellent book and I highly recommend it for any Tony Hillerman fan!

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    SusanKC Kansas City, MO (for now) 01-15-15
    SusanKC Kansas City, MO (for now) 01-15-15

    I'm a busy stay at home Mom, with an adolescent "special needs" kiddo & my husband with MS. I love gardening, cooking, reading, and hand crafts. Being able to listen to a book while I'm doing other things (including dreadful things like housekeeping) is heavenly!

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    "Not What I Expected and Wonderful"

    I thought this was about a robbery in Taos, instead it's a story about Taos and I loved it! We miss you Tony . . .

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    Donald 12-31-14
    Donald 12-31-14
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    "Interesting look at history of area Great info"

    I enjoyed the old stories brought back to life
    History buffs will enjoy. Don't miss this return to the old west updated.

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    Doug Elizabethtown, IN, United States 01-13-14
    Doug Elizabethtown, IN, United States 01-13-14 Member Since 2006

    Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. C.S. Lewis

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    "Great mix: history, geography&colorful characters"

    Tony's old school journalism training and talent are displayed well in this collection. I purchased this book for background research on some fiction I'm writing, and the stories were much more varied and entertaining than I expected. The title piece is pure entertainment, but other stories are more sober as Tony writes about the people and the culture of New Mexico. I'm not a personal fan of desert climates, but reading Tony's collection makes me want to visit New Mexico.

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    Codger Hyannis, MA USA 10-15-13
    Codger Hyannis, MA USA 10-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "New Mexico stories from the inside."

    Tony Hillerman has the concise descriptive style that appears expansive when exercised on the scale necessary for the landscape. That style comes from much practice. While many of these earlier works are verbose by comparison, they do show humor and a real feeling for the subject matter. The narrator tends to go into a monotone when the story get verbose and drawn out. He reads alot of it as if it were a text book, not an entertainment.

    All things considered, I enjoyed and recommend this book.

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