Book Review: Starred Ratings of THREE different Old West Tales and Legends (Audiobooks)

Book Review: Starred Ratings of THREE different Old West Tales and Legends (Audiobooks)

In keeping with my long-time habit of constant self-study and research of all things “American West History”, I’ve recently listened to three audiobook editions of three separate titles. I’ve provided a starred rating for each, and found each worthwhile to me as a genuine lover of history. Why? I’m confident the more I know (as an author) about the real history of the American West in the 19th century, the better prepared I am to write fiction set against that backdrop. And the more informed I am as a reader (just like you!), the more I’ll enjoy reading books set in the time period. I’ve found my own reading experience is greatly enriched, details make more sense, and I’m better able to imagine as well as understand.

I do hope you find these three brief reviews of similar titles to be a help to you as you discover new reads.

Why Audible?

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  1.  Combine boring tasks with READING! (fold twelve batches of laundry and enjoy a book at the same time)
  2.  Exercise AND ‘read’ at the same time.
  3.  Long drives are made so much more tolerable by a book (easily routed through the speakers in the car’s audio system).
  4.  Diminishes the “I wish I had more time to read” problem!
  5.  Poor eyesight? Wish a book came in Large Print? No problem–listen instead!

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The Old West Collection: Amazing Legends and Incredible Tales of the American West, by Radio Theatre

Publisher’s Summary:

The mythical legends and historical allure of the old west come galloping onward with The Old West Collection: Amazing Legends and Incredible Tales of the American West. This thundering audio compendium celebrates the epic events of America’s frontier, whether rediscovering the California gold rush at Sutter’s Mill in ’49 or recreating the outsize personalities of John Jacob Astor to Belle Starr and Billy the Kid. From racing on horseback for Oklahoma land in ’89 to Dodge and Last Chance Gulch, The Old West Collection sits you around the campfire vividly recounting the saga and stories of a dusty, velvet-trimmed era.

©2003 TOPICS Entertainment

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This title is available in only two formats: Audible (digital download) and an 8 CD audio boxed set. This title is highly dramatized. Not only are the voices like the old-time radio shows, but background sounds like gunfire, hooves upon gravel, and music enrich the listening experience.

  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 7 hours and 57 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Readio Theatre LLC
  • Audible.com Release Date: December 25, 2003
  • Language: English

Barnes and Noble offers the Audiobook CD format.

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Odd and Unusual Tales from the Old West by Alton Pryor

Publisher’s Summary:

Western writer Alton Pryor has brought forth a collection of important moments in history. These vignettes present a virtual digest of historical happenings that are fun and educational as well. Listeners will learn about the poignant story of the Seven Little Indians. When a tribe stole a band of horses, Indian fighters killed the Indians that stole them. In doing so, they found seven little Indian babies on their hands. Their problem was what would they do with them? Hear also about the Headless Horseman, an actual happening in Texas. In this book, there are stories such as: “The Legend of Blackberry Hill”, John Colter’s six mile naked run from Indians, “The Rape of Monterey”, “The Comanche Indian chief Quanah Parker”, and the greatest land buy in America.

©2006 Alton Pryor (P)2017 Alton Pryor

This title is available in three formats: kindle, paperback, and audible.

  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 2 hours and 47 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Stagecoach Publishing
  • Audible.com Release Date: April 6, 2017
  • Whispersync for Voice: Ready
  • Language: English

Barnes and Noble also offers Nook and Paperback editions of this title.

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Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies: The Real West by Bill O’Reilly and David Fisher

Publisher’s Summary:

The must-have companion to Bill O’Reilly’s historic series Legends and Lies: The Real West, a fascinating, eye-opening look at the truth behind the western legends we all think we know.

How did Davy Crockett save President Jackson’s life only to end up dying at the Alamo? Was the Lone Ranger based on a real lawman-and was he an African American? What amazing detective work led to the capture of Black Bart, the “gentleman bandit” and one of the west’s most famous stagecoach robbers? Did Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid really die in a hail of bullets in South America? Generations of Americans have grown up on TV shows, movies and books about these western icons. But what really happened in the Wild West? All the stories you think you know, and others that will astonish you, are here–some heroic, some brutal and bloody, all riveting. Included are the ten legends featured in Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies docuseries -from Kit Carson to Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok to Doc Holliday– accompanied by two bonus chapters on Daniel Boone and Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley.

Frontier America was a place where instinct mattered more than education, and courage was necessary for survival. It was a place where luck made a difference and legends were made. Heavily illustrated with spectacular artwork that further brings this history to life, and told in fast-paced, immersive narrative, Legends and Lies is an irresistible, adventure-packed ride back into one of the most storied era of our nation’s rich history.

©2015 Warm Springs Productions, LLC and Life of O’Reilly Productions (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

This title is available in four formats: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook (Audible), and Audio CD.

  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 8 hours and 49 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • Audible.com Release Date: April 7, 2015
  • Whispersync for Voice: Ready
  • Language: English

 

Barnes & Noble also offers Nook, Hardback, and Audiobook editions of this title.

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