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A new novel from Ron Hansen, the award-winning author of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, about an iconic American criminal of the old West: legendary outlaw Billy the Kid.

Born Henry McCarty, Billy the Kid was a diminutive, charming, blond-haired young man who, growing up in New York, Kansas, and later New Mexico, demonstrated a precocious dexterity at firing six-shooters with either hand - a skill that turned him into an American legend of the old West. He was smart, well spoken, attractive to both white and Mexican women, a good dancer, and a man with a nose for money, horses, and trouble. His spree of crimes and murders has been immortalized in dime Westerns, novels, and movies. But the whole story of his short, epically violent life has never been told as it has been here.

In The Kid, Ron Hansen showcases his masterful research and inimitable style as he breathes life into history, bringing listeners back into the late 1800s and into Billy's boyhood as a ranch hand just trying to wrest a fortune from an unforgiving landscape. We are with Billy in every gunfight and horse theft, and we get to know him in full before his grand death in a hail of bullets in 1881 at the age of 21. Original, powerful, and swiftly told, The Kid is an unforgettable listen about a uniquely American antihero.

©2016 Ron Hansen (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Travis
  • ROME, NY, United States
  • 10-24-16

great listen

Great biography on Billy the Kid, author has a great writing style that takes you back in time.

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Incredible

Every aspect of this book is excellent! The story is complete and in-depth. The narrator is absolutely the best and perfect for this era. I highly recommend this book for those who love this period and or folks who just love a great story!

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Worth the read

Informative and enjoyable. Narration was very good. Good pace and was able to listen to and finish fairly quickly

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An interesting read on Billy the kid

great narrator and interesting read. I would recommend to any Western enthusiasts. Abit slow in the middle

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too great!!<br />

this is a great bio!!!!
narrator is supurb!!!
will read again.
recommend to everyone!!
10 thumbs up.
to the author and narrator. thank you.
Robert young man🎨🎉🌈🎁🐞🐞🌟

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  • Michael
  • Hamburg, AR, United States
  • 11-05-16

It was a good listen.

I have loved westerns since the lonesome dove books. This book isint in the remotely close to those. I will say though, I don't think it was supposed to be. In its own right it was a reasonable book that I can give 4 stars to. It's just hard to listen to another western style book since.

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Very slow, for me.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

A lot of people may like it; it was just slow for me.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Alexander the Great

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Bramhall?

I don't know

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom

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Time Lost

This book is 10+ hrs of my life I can't get back. The only reason I finished it was because I paid for it. The most enjoyable part was the narrators ability to do so many accents really well.

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