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Extended Audio Sample The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (Unabridged), by Michael Ondaatje
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,727 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Ondaatje Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the Booker Prize-winning author of The English Patient comes a visionary novel, a virtuoso synthesis of storytelling, history, and myth.

William Bonney, a.k.a. Billy the Kid, killed his first man when he was 12. By the time he was 21 he had, by his own reckoning, slain 19 more. In the intervening years, he had become Billy the Kid, bloodthirsty ogre and outlaw saint.

Drawing on contemporary accounts, period photographs, dime novels, and his own fund of empathy and imagination, Michael Ondaatje traces Billy's passage across the blasted landscape of 1880 New Mexico and the collective unconscious of his country. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Hannah | 1/15/2014

    " I must admit that I found the poetry a little bit hard to absorb, and the whole time I was reading I kept wondering what my ex-boyfriend (a poet) would think about it. The prose, on the other hand was wonderful, and I wish there had been more of both because by the time I got used to the two together, the book was over. So many reviewers here talk about re-reading, and I think I may have to do so myself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Enver Krivac | 1/10/2014

    " best thing ever! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rafe | 1/9/2014

    " I tend to waver a lot on what I think of any given Ondaatje book, but Collected Works has been at the top of my Favorites list since I discovered it in a class on multigenre writing as an undergrad. Reading this, I understood for the first time that genre can be fluid - something I had sort of known, but never been able to articulate - and that story happens as it is going to happen. I love how Ondaatje tells the story of Billy the Kid through a pastiche of memories, photographs, short fiction, news articles, and poems. It doesn't matter what is or is not made up, it doesn't matter whether you choose to interpret the symbols (his hands! the birds!) or just wander through the narrative... The book is beautifully done, and remains a profound influence on my writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kate | 12/29/2013

    " Lyrical, part history, party prose poem. "

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