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Cowboy stories and movies about the Wild West are full of amazing characters. Yet many of the lawmen we think of as heroes were anything but - some were violent scoundrels and outlaws themselves. Among all the lawmen of the frontier, one man stands out as a true hero: Bass Reeves.

In his day, Bass Reeves was the most successful federal marshal in the United States. True to the mythical code of the West, he never drew his gun first. He rounded up hundreds of outlaws and was shot at countless times but was never hit. Bass Reeves was born into slavery. And though the laws of his country enslaved him and his mother, when he became a free man he served the law with such courage and honor that he was known and respected all over the Indian Territory.

Gary Paulsen’s dramatic account of the life of Bass Reeves, through stories both real and imagined, makes him come alive as a boy and a man. Listeners will truly understand why he became a legend.

©2011 Gary Paulsen (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Real hero of the Wild West

Gary Paulsen has found a story of a true American Hero and done a good job of bringing it to light. A quick and informative story perfect for listeners of all ages.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Best reading of a good book

This piece of historical fiction is a great introduction to Bass. I didn't like how it would focus on a few moments of time in length and then just leap to many years later. The end seemed abrupt.
As for the narrator, he did an amazing job. The best I've listen to since joining Audible. In fact I'm considering choosing only books he narrates.

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Bass Reeves, the real and imaged Story!

I loved the performance, I loved the story. My 13 year old son also enjoyed the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful