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Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves Audiobook

Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves: Race and Ethnicity in the American West Series #1

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Publisher's Summary

Deputy US Marshal Bass Reeves appears as one of "eight notable Oklahomans", the "most feared US marshal in the Indian country". That Reeves was also an African American who had spent his early life as a slave in Arkansas and Texas makes his accomplishments all the more remarkable. Bucking the odds ("I'm sorry, we didn't keep black people's history," a clerk at one of Oklahoma's local historical societies answered a query), Art T. Burton sifts through fact and legend to discover the truth about one of the most outstanding peace officers in late 19th-century America - and perhaps the greatest lawman of the Wild West era. Fluent in Creek and other Southern native languages, physically powerful, skilled with firearms, and a master of disguise, Reeves was exceptionally adept at apprehending fugitives and outlaws, and his exploits were legendary in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

A finalist for the 2007 Spur Award, sponsored by the Western Writers of America, Black Gun, Silver Star tells Bass Reeves' story for the first time and restores this remarkable figure to his rightful place in the history of the American West.

©2006 The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska (P)2015 Tantor

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    Derrick 12-17-15
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    "inspiring story and insightful"

    The performance was great in that it immerses you in the story. Sometimes get lost with the
    list of names, but the audible book was a great inspiring listen. It really gets the metal movie going. The book gets one thinking about all the American History that isn't taught.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie W. Stewart III 12-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it"

    This is American history untold in American schools. Not only was the story of US Marshall Bass Reeves dynamic and inspiring but the period and location of his story is very revealing. From the sad transition through slavery to Plessy and legal segregation via "separate but equal" and the lost of Indian land into the State of Oklahoma the listener is sitting in a classroom of a story untold.

    I highly recommend this audio and it's great narration by Ron Butler even if you're not looking to understand the true American story.

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    Jason Pierson Roselle, IL United States 09-13-17
    Jason Pierson Roselle, IL United States 09-13-17
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    "Too Heavy On Details"

    This book reads like a Bass Reeves case file. It's unfortunate that information on this legendary character is limited. There are many cases where Bass made a simple arrest, without incident, that are highlighted in excruciating detail. Good information about his story and the highlights of his life are in here, but it is mostly scattered in the rambling, banal minutae of the list of every single case the author could find Bass tied to. A large part of this book reads more like an exhaustive reference than a good story. This was probably the authors intention, at least in part, since information on Bass is scattered and so hard to come by.

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    K. Lange 07-18-17
    K. Lange 07-18-17
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    "Should have been a great book!"
    What disappointed you about Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves?

    Author did a terrible job. Constantly displayed his affection toward the subject. Actually suggested that a Black Marshall from the Indian Territory "could have been" the source of the Lone Ranger myth. He would recount an event in detail then read multiple news articles that would give you the same details.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ron Butler’s performances?

    Yes. The Narrator was fine/good.


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    Amazon Customer 06-26-17
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    "An African Lawman in West Texas"

    Good narration , and staying true to the story line, US Marshal Bass Reeves he go after anybody who break the law even his own sons, an tale of Paris Texas, I like true story's like this.

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    Jason H. West 04-14-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Great character but poor telling of his story"

    For a historical figure with such an amazing story this book did nothing to elevate the tale above a dry recounting of court records. Bass' story deserves a better telling than this. Get what you can from this version as I have yet to find the exciting version and you need to learn about this amazing man.

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    anna garrett 03-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "fantastic story, but"

    i struggled to finish this book. i loved the subject, but the narrator was totally flat. no inflection or emotion to the story.

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    Michael L. Wintory Tucson, AZ 11-22-16
    Michael L. Wintory Tucson, AZ 11-22-16
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    "Live the Legend"
    What made the experience of listening to Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves the most enjoyable?

    A.T. Burton w/Ron Butler narration is a good combination. I was raised in the Oklahoma region where much of Marshall Reeves lived and worked. Knowing what transpired all those years ago in Ft. Smith and eastern Oklahoma fascinated me throughout to book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves?

    The Marshall's ability to stay alive.


    Did Ron Butler do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The characters were well defined as to their actions and identifications


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No because it went like reading a police blotter


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book.

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    Kindle Customer 08-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not as interesting as it should be."

    This book is very well researched. The subject (Bass Reeves amazing career) should be fascinating. Unfortunately, the author fails to bring the story to life and what should be a very interesting story turns out to be very dry and boring.

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    Snake39 03-01-16
    Snake39 03-01-16
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    "One "fact" after another"

    I have listened to many books. This is the first one I have returned for a refund. Can not imagine listening to another 9 hours of this drone on and on. Many thanks to Audible.com and Amazon for the first rate return/refund policy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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