Billy the Kid

  • by Michael Wallis
  • Narrated by Todd McLaren
  • 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of Route 66 comes this long-awaited biography of one of America's most legendary folk heroes. Award-winning historian Michael Wallis has spent several years re-creating the rich, anecdotal saga of Billy the Kid (1859-1881), a deeply mythologized young man who became a legend in his own time and yet remains an enigma to this day. With the Gilded Age in full swing and the Industrial Revolution reshaping the American landscape, "the Kid", who was gunned down by Sheriff Pat Garrett in the New Mexico Territory at the age of 21, became a new breed of celebrity outlaw. He arose amid the mystery and myth of the swiftly vanishing frontier and, sensationalized beyond recognition by the tabloids and dime-store romances of the day, emerged as one of the most enduring icons of the American West: not to mention one of Hollywood's most misrepresented characters.
This new biography separates myth from reality and presents an unforgettable portrait of this brief and violent life.


What the Critics Say

"Wallis writes clean prose, occasionally enlivened by a particularly lovely turn of phrase....[C]ountless books have been written about the infamous outlaw, and this is surely one of the best." ( Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Listener-friendly, easygoing account

The narrator has a friendly, easygoing voice, and delivers the account in an interesting, listenable manner. We all know the story, if only from films or folk songs. Here the author tries to distinguish between fact and fiction, but bearing in mind the circumstances surrounding Billy's life, and the unverifiable integrity of the accounts available, by the end we are still none the wiser. We may be swayed by compelling cross-referencing, and impressed by certain "reliable" detail, but we will never really know the truth. If Billy the Kid fascinates you, then you will enjoy trying to decide what is, and what is not, likely to be true.
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- Robert

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-05-2007
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio