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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (174 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary Paulsen Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Cowboy stories and movies about the Wild West are full of amazing characters. Yet many of the lawmen we think of as heroes were anything but - some were violent scoundrels and outlaws themselves. Among all the lawmen of the frontier, one man stands out as a true hero: Bass Reeves.

In his day, Bass Reeves was the most successful federal marshal in the United States. True to the mythical code of the West, he never drew his gun first. He rounded up hundreds of outlaws and was shot at countless times but was never hit. Bass Reeves was born into slavery. And though the laws of his country enslaved him and his mother, when he became a free man he served the law with such courage and honor that he was known and respected all over the Indian Territory.

Gary Paulsen's dramatic account of the life of Bass Reeves, through stories both real and imagined, makes him come alive as a boy and a man. Listeners will truly understand why he became a legend.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Heather | 2/16/2014

    " Interesting book...I could see it being a boy book...about the Wild West. I thought it was a bit sketcky and left out alot of detail (but then again, maybe not is known about him.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jon Robinson | 2/15/2014

    " Amazing book! i love reading Gary Paulsen books and he hasn't disappointed me yet. this book is about a african american slave that runs away at the age of 18 and lives a free life from that point on. he lives a very long life and became a very successful marshal. he was more successful than many other marshals and because he was black, he didn't get credit for all of his achievements. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Luann | 2/5/2014

    " I only noticed this book at the library because it was written by Gary Paulsen. I had never heard of Bass Reeves before, so I'm glad Paulsen wrote this. Paulsen does a great job with the very interesting life story of Bass Reeves - which he calls "fiction" because not many of the facts can be verified. There is some slightly graphic content of Comanche torture, so I wouldn't recommend this for younger students. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jean | 2/3/2014

    " Once again I learned the truth of not judging a book by its cover. From the cover art and title I somehow deduced that the book would be a Richard Peck-like farce. Wrong. The book (in two parts) first tells the fictionalized version of Reeves' childhood as a slave and then the historical fact version of Bass Reeves later life as an African American marshal. I loved that he started his law enforcement career at age 51--the same age I completed my bachelor's degree. Hurray for late bloomers! Adolescent boys will enjoy the accounts of Indian attacks and gun battles. A very interesting history. "

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