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Jesse James grew up in Clay County, Missouri, a place where north and south conflicted over the issue of slavery. Tensions grew in the lead-up to the Civil War, and James’ Southern loyalties meant he had to make a decision. When war broke out, Jesse and his brother Frank joined the Confederate guerrillas known as “bushwhackers” alongside other notorious characters like “Bloody Bill”. By the age of 17, Jesse had escaped death twice and gained a reputation as a ruthless killer. This was just the beginning, though—this short book explains how Jesse went on to live a life of crime that made him one of the most the most infamous outlaws and bank robbers of the Wild West.

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Interesting look at the Wild West

In a short span of time The listener is taken to the period when legends were made and Jesse James is certainly amoung the
elite group of notorious criminals of that era.

Its fun to get a peek into that period in the time it takes you to get to work or go shopping.


In 60 Learning has a great future if they keep churning out high quality productions with good performances.

All listeners will benefit from not only this Book but the growing list of Books from In 60 Learning.



This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Another Excellent Learning Tool

I, again, am very pleased to review a book by in60Learning. This book tells of the life of Jesse James, all of his life. The main thing I remember learning about Jesse was that he was a notorious bank robber. However, there was much more to his life than that. He didn't start out robbing banks, he beginning was deep seated in the Civil War. He and his brother Frank were part of the Confederate Army and did atrocious things to try to win the war for the South. Hollywood loves to glamorize the James brothers but in reality neither were very nice people. To learn, even in a snapshot, of what all Jesse James did in his life is quite eye opening and should never be romanticized by anyone. in60Learning does a wonderful job, as usual, in giving the main points of Jesse James' life. If you are truly interested in learning about the real Jesse James and not the Hollywood version, then you should check out this book! The narrator did a good job reading the material and did so at a nice pace.

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A very nutritious book

A great bundle of knowledge, collected and balanced perfectly.

The narrator blends in perfectly with the material, and gives a southern atmosphere to the overall listen.

I enjoyed it very much and learned a lot.

Good read.


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Shatner-styled lecture

I've listened to a few in60Learning titles now, and unfortunately this narrator, Larry G. Jones, seemed. to. read. every. word. as. if. it. were. its. own. sentence, much like William Shatner's vocal rythym of Rodenberry's Star Trek: The Original Series. I'm certain some readers can overlook this narrator's performance, but I could not.

As for the content of this title, it covers the life of Jesse James' notable life events, including his bushwhacking guerrilla in the Civil War; until his sudden and violent death in 1892. I didn't hear any factual errors, but I'll admit to not being an expert on outlaws living in Reconstruction-era America.

**I was provided a promotional copy, at my request, and have voluntarily left a fair and honest review**

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Great overview of an interesting figure

in60 Learning is a great way to quickly learn something about a topic which you know very little. 60 minutes is not enough to give you an in depth look, but it's a cheap and quick way to get an overview and determine if you want to pick up that larger tome about the subject. They are well researched, and densely packed for such a small book. And for that alone, in60 learning books will likely always get my tick.

I didn't know much of Jesse James before reading this book, beyond that he was an outlaw gunman. The book goes into good background details, explaining his origins in the US Civil War and giving a good explanation of guerrilla warfare used by James and his ilk. After the war he then goes into crime, due to a few perceived injustices, with his fellow war veterans.

The book openly admits where our knowledge ends and speculation begins, which is always good to see. It doesn't make claims that cannot be known for sure.

The narration by Larry G Jones is good. He sounds somewhat southern cowboy like, which works well with the book text. He is clear, well paced and easy to understand. Jones also says quotes differently, making them easy to seperate from the main text.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Good historic listen

I enjoyed this audiobook. It provided a distinct change from the romanticized tales of Jesse James, and provided a god deal of information about how his upbringing and the civil war shaped his life. Good historical summary.

The narration was good, with a smooth and well-paced delivery

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Great Read

Jesse James: Infamous Outlaw of the Old West by in60Learning was a good read. This book explained how Jesse James became a famous outlaw and bank robber.

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Very educational

This is a quick book but there is so much information packed into it. It starts from birth right up to his death and gives the listener a rundown of his life and some explanation of how Jesse James came to be the outlaw he was. I didn't care much for the narration on this one but overall it was an excellent listen and gave a bit of information I wasn't aware of. I'm sure anyone interested in Jesse James would find it worth listening to. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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very educational

My family is related to the James family. My great uncle by marriage was cousins with Jesse James. I have always enjoyed the stories of Jesse James and his gang. This book is not a story. It is the actual history of Jesse James before, during, and after his days as an outlaw. It also gives history or the whole James family.

In60 Learning has done a great job gathering all the information in this book. Larry G Jones narrates the book. I was not all that crazy about his reading. He seemed to pause a lot. It also seemed like maybe he was reading on a child's level.

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Robinhood of the South

I love the books by in60Learning! What a great way to maximize an hour and learn about some from history. This book was on the life and death of Jesse James, which I knew absolutely nothing about prior to listening. I am kind of amazed how/why Jesse seemed to get the notoriety vs him and his brother Frank, since they both seemed to do these criminal acts together.....a question the world will never know

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