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

  • Race and Ethnicity in the American West Series #1
  • By: Art T. Burton
  • Narrated by: Ron Butler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-23-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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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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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.

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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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Bass Reeves

the audiobook was excellent. The narration was easy to listen to and entertaining. rest in peace bass Reeves.

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Indian Territory Hero

Bass Reeves was a true hero in the Indian territory. A faithful, honest, fearless, dedicated deputy US Marshall. Well done, good narrative.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.