Gunman's Rhapsody

  • by Robert B. Parker
  • Narrated by Ed Begley Jr.
  • 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Robert B. Parker gives his fans the book he always longed to write - a brilliant and evocative novel set against the hard scrabble frontier life of the West, featuring Wyatt Earp. It is the winter of 1879, and Dodge city has lost its snap. Thirty-one-year-old Wyatt Earp, assistant city marshal, loads his wife and all they own into a wagon, and goes with two of his brothers and their women to Tombstone, Arizona, land of the silver mines. There Earp becomes deputy sheriff, meeting up with the likes of Doc Holliday, Clay Allison and Bat Masterson as well as finding the love of his life, showgirl Josie Marcus. While navigating the constantly shifting alliances of a largely lawless territory, Earp finds himself embroiled in a simmering feud with Johnny Behan, which ultimately erupts in deadly gunfire on a dusty street corner.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

My least favorite Parker novel

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I thoroughly enjoyed the snippets of parallel history that Parker inserts periodically and, because I'm a history buff, I considered that, because I was learning new and interesting historical connections, it was time well spent. I also liked the fact that Parker's characterization of Wyatt Earp dovetailed with his descriptions of Virgil Cole in his other western series. Unfortunately he peopled this story with rather colorless characters, unlike Pony Flores, Hitch, Allie and Laurel who made the Cole series crackle with life.

Would you recommend Gunman's Rhapsody to your friends? Why or why not?

I might recommend this book to people who enjoy history, especially western history, because I know that Parker researched the Earp history carefully. I wouldn't recommend it based on a compelling narrative or spine-tingling action.

What three words best describe Ed Begley Jr.’s voice?

Unemotional, flat, mediocre

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Perhaps, but the movie has already been made with Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer.....with variations to the story. The movie script was more compelling than this story.

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- Chablis from Seattle

Once of the best Wyatt Earp stories I have read

Would you consider the audio edition of Gunman's Rhapsody to be better than the print version?

They are the same, enjoyed both equally.

What other book might you compare Gunman's Rhapsody to and why?

Any great Louis L'amour western

Which scene was your favorite?

The descriptions of Tombstone

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

It's a great western story for any western fan.

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- TV Western Lover

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-11-2009
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books