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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (188 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry McMurtry Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2005 ISBN:
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From the early 1800s to the end of his life in 1917, Buffalo Bill Cody was as famous as anyone could be. Annie Oakley was his most celebrated protegee, the slip of a girl from Ohio who could (and did) outshoot anybody to become the most celebrated star of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.

In this sweeping dual biography, Larry McMurtry explores the lives, the legends, and above all the truth about two larger-than-life American figures. With his Wild West show, Buffalo Bill helped invent the image of the West that still exists today: cowboys and Indians, rodeo, rough rides, sheriffs and outlaws, trick shooting, Stetsons, and buck-skin. The short, slight Annie Oakley, born Phoebe Ann Moses, spent sixteen years with Buffalo Bill's Wild West, where she entertained Queen Victoria, Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria, and Kaiser Wilhelm II, among others. Beloved by all who knew her, including Hunkpapa leader, Sitting Bull, Oakley became a legend in her own right and after her death, achieved a new lease of fame in Irving Berlin's musical Annie, Get Your Gun.

To each other, they were always Missie and Colonel. To the rest of the world, they were cultural icons, setting the path for all that followed. Larry McMurtry, a writer who understands the West better than any other, recreates their astonishing careers and curious friendship in a fascinating history that reads like the very best of his fiction.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beckie | 1/18/2014

    " Larry McMurtry is a legendary writer. He could write about the history of dirt and I would read it. And probably enjoy it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie | 1/1/2014

    " I found this book interesting but terribly disorganized. I would have been more interested if I could see a pattern or chronology instead of the constant jumping around. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette | 12/21/2013

    " Was a wonderful accompaniment to our travels in Wyoming in 2010. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 12/1/2013

    " Lots of interesting facts and anecdotes about Bill Cody and Annie Oakley, but somehow book seems "rushed," as though McMurtry dashed it off in a weekend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim Price | 11/27/2013

    " I've read reviews where several people found this book to be very boring. I don't know if I'd be willing to go that far. This is a very different book from Mr. McMurtry. In it he provides useful information, albeit in thumbnail fashion, of two breakthrough Americans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 11/19/2013

    " This was a history that contained some redundancy but was interesting to listen to. I don't think I would have taken the time to read it because it had to do mostly with their show business careers. It was, however, well researched. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bonsai | 11/6/2013

    " No organization whatsoever to the narrative. It's almost impossible to get a sense of these people's lives because of the way the author keeps zig-zagging through the chronology. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/14/2013

    " This is a non-fiction book. McMurtry looks at Wild Bill Cody and Annie Oakley as the first real superstars in America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 8/12/2013

    " One of the best bio's I've ever read...It humanizes the west and that time frame in history...great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 2/27/2013

    " A very intersting account on Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley. Mostly in the form of short essays. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 2/20/2013

    " Dad returned this with no comment, so it probably wasn't all that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 6/27/2012

    " I love it when novelists write non-fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diana | 6/7/2012

    " Poorly written and poorly edited. Repetitive. Not recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Winter | 4/30/2012

    " My children are related to Buffalo Bill on their father's side. This book was good for a quick look at the life of Bill and Annie without too much of the show getting in the way. If you are looking for anything in depth this is not the book for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krelsk | 11/23/2011

    " McMurtry interesting and honest as always. America's obsession with superstars isn't a new phenomenon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Wright | 5/20/2011

    " Read it during a flight to Boston. Not too bad, I guess. Made me want to shoot guns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 5/5/2011

    " It was really interesting, but I enjoyed Lonesome Dove much more than this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alice (; | 3/12/2011

    " THE most boring book i have ever read!! if you look in the back and look at the picture of the author... HE EVEN LOOKS BORED! I only read that book for my book report i had to do in my history class. UGH! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/7/2011

    " This is a non-fiction book. McMurtry looks at Wild Bill Cody and Annie Oakley as the first real superstars in America. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette | 2/18/2011

    " Was a wonderful accompaniment to our travels in Wyoming in 2010. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 5/15/2010

    " I love it when novelists write non-fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diana | 12/26/2009

    " Poorly written and poorly edited. Repetitive. Not recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krelsk | 8/9/2009

    " McMurtry interesting and honest as always. America's obsession with superstars isn't a new phenomenon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 7/21/2009

    " I've read reviews where several people found this book to be very boring. I don't know if I'd be willing to go that far. This is a very different book from Mr. McMurtry. In it he provides useful information, albeit in thumbnail fashion, of two breakthrough Americans. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alice | 1/18/2009

    " THE most boring book i have ever read!! if you look in the back and look at the picture of the author... HE EVEN LOOKS BORED! I only read that book for my book report i had to do in my history class. UGH! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie | 10/12/2008

    " I found this book interesting but terribly disorganized. I would have been more interested if I could see a pattern or chronology instead of the constant jumping around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 10/5/2008

    " One of the best bio's I've ever read...It humanizes the west and that time frame in history...great book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 7/18/2008

    " Read it during a flight to Boston. Not too bad, I guess. Made me want to shoot guns. "

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About the Author
Author Larry McMurtry

Larry McMurtry is an award-winning novelist, essayist, Oscar-winning screenwriter, and avid book collector. His novels include The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, and Lonesome Dove, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Archer City, Texas.

About the Narrator

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and six AudioFile Earphones Awards. He was named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. He holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.