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3.55 out of 53.55 out of 53.55 out of 53.55 out of 53.55 out of 5 3.55 (11 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Glendon Swarthout Narrator: J. P. O'Shaughnessy Publisher: Books In Motion Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN:
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The Shootist is John Bernard Books, a man of principle and the only surviving gunfighter in a vanishing American West. He rides into El Paso in the year 1901, on the day of Queen Victoria's demise, there to be told by a doctor that he must soon confront the greatest Shootist of all: Death himself. 

In such a showdown against such an antagonist, J. B. Books cannot win. Most men may end their days in bed or take their own lives, but a mankiller has a third option, one which Books decides to exercise. He may choose his own executioner. As the word spreads that the famous assassin has reached the end of his rope, an assortment of vultures gathers to feast upon the corpse - among them a gambler, a rustler, a clergyman, an undertaker, an old love, a reporter, even a teenager. Books outwits them, however, by selecting the where, when, who, and why of his death and writing in fire from a pair of matched Remingtons the last courageous act of his own legend. The climatic gunfight itself is an incredible performance by an incredible man, and by his creator, Glendon Swarthout.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cody | 10/22/2013

    " This book is not bad in any sense of the word. It's just that I picture John Wayne as the main character and him getting his ass kicked and the way he dies at the end pisses me off. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 7/3/2013

    " Thin at times, but other times, the book portrays a dynamic range of emotions. The final chapter really closes the deal on the book being one of the better literary westerns. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Mccoy | 6/16/2013

    " I am not a huge fan of Westerns...However, this is a fabulous book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 5/18/2013

    " A unique Western, but one that really didn't grab me. Three stars and a potential place on my "Maybe I Should Reread This Book" list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Noir | 4/20/2013

    " This is an outstanding novel about true courage. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lostinanovel | 3/22/2013

    " Kind if a fun western but not a lot of meat. A bit like a comic book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Gager | 2/1/2013

    " I think I read this book and liked it but the memory is clouded by seeing the movie too(also good with the Duke's last role). Date read is a guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marc Berman | 8/3/2012

    " Great story but the ending was a little abrupt. The movie with John Wayne was a great adaptation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 4/24/2011

    " This was a very good book. I highly recommend it, especially if you want to try a Western genre. It's a quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacob | 3/20/2011

    " A fairly easy read, as most good westerns seem to be, but really well-structured and dark in tone. It's a goddamn shame this is out of print, but it's well worth searching out at a library if possible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elliott | 1/19/2011

    " Despite affectations like pretentious word choices (seemingly intended to demonstrate Swarthout's familiarity with a dictionary) and overly technical descriptions of gunshot wounds, "The Shootist" is a solid and enjoyable take on the Western novel. "

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About the Author
Author Glendon SwarthoutGlendon Swarthout had the widest literary range of any American author of his generation, writing 16 novels which ranged from dramas to comedies to romances and mysteries, and another 6 novellas for young adults with his wife, Kathryn. Many of Glendon's novels became international bestsellers and book club editions, were reprinted in innumerable paperback editions. Five of his books were adapted into film.