Billy the Kid

  • by Michael Wallis
  • Narrated by Todd McLaren
  • 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of Route 66 comes this long-awaited biography of one of America's most legendary folk heroes. Award-winning historian Michael Wallis has spent several years re-creating the rich, anecdotal saga of Billy the Kid (1859-1881), a deeply mythologized young man who became a legend in his own time and yet remains an enigma to this day. With the Gilded Age in full swing and the Industrial Revolution reshaping the American landscape, "the Kid", who was gunned down by Sheriff Pat Garrett in the New Mexico Territory at the age of 21, became a new breed of celebrity outlaw. He arose amid the mystery and myth of the swiftly vanishing frontier and, sensationalized beyond recognition by the tabloids and dime-store romances of the day, emerged as one of the most enduring icons of the American West: not to mention one of Hollywood's most misrepresented characters. This new biography separates myth from reality and presents an unforgettable portrait of this brief and violent life.


What the Critics Say

"Wallis writes clean prose, occasionally enlivened by a particularly lovely turn of phrase....[C]ountless books have been written about the infamous outlaw, and this is surely one of the best." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


An exceptional writer, a larger than life historical subject, and a capable narrator should have all of the ingredients for a great audiobook. But somehow the work just did not work for me. It seemed to lack the focus and detail that could keep my interest.
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- Michael

These are the facts

Wallis does a terrific job of covering what is known about the kid and separating out the rumours, lies and silliness. Wallis isn't trying to promote a vision, just provide an account. The reading is lively and engaging.
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- Scott Pearce

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-18-2007
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio