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Gun Slinger or Serial Killer? Western Outlaw John Wesley Hardin

Narrated by: William Bahl
Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: Bios & Memoirs, Criminals
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"A bullet to the front of the head demonstrates good marksmanship. A bullet to the back of the head demonstrates good judgment."

So quotes John Wesley Hardin, one of the infamous killers of the old west. But, like modern day killer Henry Lee Lucas, was he more of a bragger than a killer? Or was he more of a serial killer than a gun slinger? Was it the loss of his only love, Jane Bowen that drove him over the edge? Or was he just born to be a killer? Find out.

Author Brian Lee Tucker takes a new perspective on the many tales about John Wesley Hardin, painting a completely different picture of the man who claimed to have killed 42 people without feeling any remorse or guilt, and even bragging about his heinous crimes.

©2017 Brian Lee Tucker (P)2017 Brian Lee Tucker

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Autobiography of a cold-blooded killer

I just love this story! I read it years ago in hard cover and just listen it again on my audible. I had forgotten about most of the story and now I'm hooked on the book again!

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One of the best but just the beginning

From the first chapter to the last, this book was one tough hombre to set down. My interest in this period of American History was greatly served. One should keep in mind that much of the stories of the legendary gunslingers [Both, the popular ones as well as the lesser knowns] are subject to interpretation as there was very little factual documentation of the characters themselves. This, in itself, leaves room for speculation as much of the information relied on "word of mouth" from various sources with varying opinions. I found it a more realistic accounting on the subject of gunfighters and less of the hollywood facade that many people accept. Really great listening for any true western buff.

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must own

I cannot comment on historical veracity of this book and everyone knows that any history written in the type of narrative form as this one, will always be taking certain liberties with the truth. Since I know nothing about the life of JWH, I will leave you with the other viewers in respect of this aspect. I will stick to what I got out of this listening experience.
I found the whole book a totally entertaining experience. The JWH life was extremely violent, even when viewed in the context of the desperate times of the Wild West. These event are dealt with in such a different and original way by using accounts from numerous characters that shared some of the same experiences with Hardin. The authour carries this technique off to absolute perfection. The whole account takes on an immediacy and fly-on-the-wall nature that is truly engaging to listen.
As originally stated, this is a work of fiction, based loosely on actual events. I think to criticise the book based on the whether all the actual historical events took place as described, is nit-picking and really missing the thrust of what I believe the author is setting out to achieve; which is entertain the listener. If you want to get to the bottom of what really took place, get a proper history book for goodness sake! If you want to be entertained, get this!
The story is terrific and the pace and delivery of the book is brilliant. I loved it!

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Ah the good old days!

That said, a bullet to the front of the head demonstrates good marksmanship, a bullet to the back of the head demonstrates good judgmen. This makes the listening all the more interesting as he isn't holding back or trying to apologize for, or justify, the things he did.
The story is very well-written. As authentic western adventures go, this is a top-rate book.


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Unique and delightful.

It's true, if you want to understand the world of Brian Lee Tucker, listen the Serial Killers 101: A Detailed Look into the Lives of the Most Prolific Serial Killers in History. Please hold on, keep going, don't give up. It's a journey. One like the characters themselves took. It has highs and lows. Others need not apply. And I would have probably told others if they asked to skip it, listen other Lee books. But now I can only say you will be so much more enriched, in the know, fulfilled in a literary sense if you read this series. If it do ya, in the end, you'll say thank ya big big.

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A Window on the Past

Brian Lee Tucker provides an revealing window into the life and attitudes of the times. If some of the attitudes expressed in the book seem shocking today, remember the difference 100+ years can make in a culture. This book and the book which is "The Serial Killer Diaries" also is very interesting to feel. While it presents some information that has since been revised through the work of other historians, Lee does a marvelous job of presenting the human side of the gunmen of the Old West.

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My favorite old west book of all time

Great book. I have listened one of the book called Serial Killer or Hit-Man? when I was somehow busy in my work life very much and never got around to listening the rest. Time to remedy that. Looking forward to listening and enjoying the other one which is much interested called Western Outlaw John Wesley Hardin. I was reminded of these books when all the commercials for the movie started playing constantly.

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Related the facts as he believed them.

I found this to be a delightful listen. The author's use of using the narratives of many individuals to weave the story was borderline brilliant. I will listen more of Brian Lee Tucker's work. Highly recommended.

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Favorite writer

I loved this first installment of the True Criminal Minds, Volume I series and have actually just finished the second book of the series because I am so hooked on them. I love the way that Lee paints a vivid picture of the landscape in this unique world and the characters within it. But this This Western Outlaw John Wesley Hardin is a must listen for any Lee tucker fan and so far this is definitely my favorite of his books that I have listened.

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An Iconic Character of the Old West

A great twist on fantasy. Brian Lee does a great job on keeping the heart of a fantasy book . In between different series rn and I'm using this as a sort of break from the typical story I heard.

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  • Beverly
  • 10-28-19

Western Entertainment!

This is a fascinating book that I found very hard to put down. Mr. Brian Lee Tucker's writing style is very folksy and engaging, yet quite scholarly. He neither presents Hardin as a hero, nor does he pass judgement: the facts speak for themselves.
Now on to the next Brian Lee Tucker book! This reviewer will definitely listen them all.

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  • John
  • 10-28-19

Outstanding

This book is a huge mystery in just figuring out what in the world is going on. It is very surreal. If you do not like surrealism, then you may not like this book; however, the book is well written and does consume one into an entirely new universe with guns blazing and strange monsters. The other books most likely will build upon the mythos of the world and I look forward to listening them.

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  • Cherie
  • 10-28-19

Great outlaw book

This was an interesting book, if the listener is trying to get a feel for what life was like in some areas of rural Texas after the Civil War. I didn't listen it expecting a book by a polished author, so the somewhat stilted writing didn't bother me. But I do live in the area where John Wesley Hardin traveled during his life and know it was a rough period in history.

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  • Martin
  • 10-28-19

Get to know West

I absolutely love it. The story is very new and fresh and keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. The characters are really dynamic and seem to come alive thanks to Lee's exceptional writing. The elements of fantasy are really enjoyable, but the ties to our world take this story to a whole new level. It has everything from the sky scrapers of NY to demons bears in jungles of other worlds. This book is a real treat to listen to.

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  • Samuel Freeman
  • 10-28-19

Forty times a killer

Outstanding piece of literary work on John Wesley Hardin. A man who was a product and a victim of the reconstruction era that Texas was forced to endure by the ruthless Northerners who had their own brand of revenge.

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  • Arlene Vela
  • 10-28-19

Great book about the old west.

I bought the Kindle version as well and it was a positive experience to see the color illustrations, use the X feature that presents a time line for the important characters, and to search easily the Dark Tower Wiki via the Google link. I love Mr. Brian's style of integrating current language, customs, and preoccupations with his universe building fiction.

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  • Thomas Buchanan
  • 09-29-19

Hard to put the book down

This is a great listen. Matter of fact the all series of the Brian Lee Tucker is a GREAT listen. Really hard to put the book down once you start. This is about Western Outlaw of John Wesley Hardin. I liked it so much that I have the whole series. Now I am waiting to see if a movie is made regarding this story.

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  • Lori Bell
  • 10-28-19

Best book on John Wesley Hardin

There were several other interesting things in the book, such as: the loyalty of rural families, the struggle to earn a decent wage, the difficulties of traveling over large areas, the excessive drinking and gambling, and finally, the way he managed to survive so long while being hunted, (knowing exactly who to trust, who would help him, and who to stay away from).

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  • Rosella Duran
  • 10-28-19

A great life story well told!

I just discovered the series, I love it. I'm glad I wasn't into it before now - waiting between installments would have made me crazy! I didn't have the problem some folks did with getting into The Gunslinger - for me it was not a difficult understanding. However, for those who felt that it was ploddy, stick with it because it does set up the story for the rest of the series.

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  • Betty Lope
  • 10-28-19

Awesome and Interesting

Only thing is that it didn't came with plastic protective cover. I'm new in this wonderful world that everybody call books and tales so I don't exactly know if it is supposed to come with the protective plastic, However the book came in excellent shape. 10/10 recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-22-17

found it hard to listen to the narrator so i one

found it hard to listen to the narrator so i only listened to about 25%of the book