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4.22666666666667 out of 54.22666666666667 out of 54.22666666666667 out of 54.22666666666667 out of 54.22666666666667 out of 5 4.23 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ron Hansen Narrator: Sam Freed Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2007 ISBN: 9780061229893
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Jesse James was a fabled outlaw, a charismatic, spiritual, larger-than-life bad man whose bloody exploits captured the imagination and admiration of a nation hungry for antiheroes. Robert Ford was a young upstart torn between dedicated worship and murderous jealousy, the "dirty little coward" who coveted Jesse's legend. The powerful, strange, and unforgettable story of their interweaving paths—and twin destinies that would collide in a rain of blood and betrayal—is a story of America in all her rough, conflicted glory and the myths that made her.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of our finest stylists of American historical fiction.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “This book is a wonderful achievement.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Hansen has turned low history into high art. This is a terrific book.”

    Newsday

  • “Here is the James book…Put Hansen on your bedside table.”

    Richmond News-Leader

  • A 1984 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 9/29/2017

    " I first listened to this book through Overdrive via my local library. I enjoyed it so much that when I started using this service I decided to purchase it. I found that the book held my attention so much that I had a very hard time putting it down. Ron Hansen's voice was perfect for this story. You really felt like he was the old west, telling you a tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 2/14/2011

    " A good book if you like cowards. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 2/3/2011

    " It truely is a shame that historians have to rely on the accounts of poorly educated journalists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Balika | 2/3/2011

    " well written and interesting, but ultimately too detail-oriented and drug on.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 10/18/2010

    " I need to revisit this book. I read it, and then found the movie for cheap. Watched it, and absolutely fell in love. The prose had similar strengths, but it went completely over my head. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 paul | 7/2/2010

    " I picked up this book a while back because i saw the trailer for the movie and thought it looked good. The book is great. The movie was made too similar to the book without the amazing narration which made it seem to drag on forever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiley | 5/11/2010

    " beautifully written account of the live of two men forever entwined in history. I did not want the book to end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrian | 4/10/2010

    " Haunting, lyrical, fascinating, and true to the time period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 2/16/2010

    " Just a great fucking read, hypnotic, wonderful and lame words of praise. "

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About the Author
Author Ron Hansen

Ron Hansen is the author of many novels—including Mariette in Ecstasy, Desperadoes, and A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion—and two short-story collections, among them She Loves Me Not. His novel The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. He graduated from Creighton University in Omaha and went on to the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop where he studied with John Irving. He is now Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ Professor in Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara University in northern California.

About the Narrator

Sam Freed is an actor, voice talent, and audiobook narrator.