Dodge City

  • by Tom Clavin
  • Narrated by John Bedford Lloyd
  • 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dodge City, Kansas, is a place of legend. The town that started as a small military site exploded with the coming of the railroad, cattle drives, eager miners, settlers, and various entrepreneurs passing through to populate the expanding West. Before long Dodge City's streets were lined with saloons and brothels, and its populace was thick with gunmen, horse thieves, and desperadoes of every sort. By the 1870s Dodge City was known as the most violent and turbulent town in the West.
Enter Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson. Young and largely self-trained men, the lawmen led the effort that established frontier justice and the rule of law in the American West and did it in the wickedest place in the United States. When they moved on, Wyatt to Tombstone and Bat to Colorado, a tamed Dodge was left in the hands of Jim Masterson. But before long Wyatt and Bat, each having had a lawman brother killed, returned to that threatened Western Kansas town to team up to restore order again in what became known as the Dodge City War before riding off into the sunset.
Number-one New York Times best-selling author Tom Clavin's Dodge City tells the true story of their friendship, romances, gunfights, and adventures along with the remarkable cast of characters they encountered along the way (including Wild Bill Hickock, Jesse James, Doc Holliday, Buffalo Bill Cody, John Wesley Hardin, Billy the Kid, and Theodore Roosevelt) that has gone largely untold, lost in the haze of Hollywood films and Western fiction, until now.


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The Real Life Story of Dodge City

Clavin’s book is more than the history of the Earp and Masterson brothers, it is also the history of Kansas and mostly of Dodge City. Clavin provides a brief history of the discovery of the West from the Spanish, French to Lewis and Clark. The author tells about Zebulon Pike who spent some time exploring the area around what became Dodge City. But the primary focus of the book is the period from 1870 to 1880s in Dodge City. I loved the description of Kansas the author provides of what Francisco Vazquez de Coronado wrote, “short grass covered with mounds of prairie dogs, badgers, coyotes, wolves, antelope, deer, birds and 5 million buffalo” (American Bison). I can just picture it.

Clavin points out that Dodge City was founded at the head of the Santa Fe trail and an Army fort (Fort Dodge) was built to protect the trail. When the Santa Fe railroad reached Dodge City, the Texas cattle drives rolled into the rail head. Clavin discussed the various gunslingers home to Dodge City such as Dirty Sock Jack and Dynamite Sam. Of course, he tells the stories of Wyatt and Bat taming the town.

The book is well written and meticulously researched. The book is written in an easy reading style closer to a novel than a history book. In the opening of the book, the author tells of his problems separating fact from fiction about the Earp and Masterson brothers. He said he did his best to present only proven facts. I learned a great deal about Kansas and Dodge City from the book. As a fan of the T.V. show “Gunsmoke”, I recognized Delmonico’s and the Long Branch Saloon.

The book is just over thirteen hours long. John Bedford Lloyd did a good job narrating the book. I enjoyed his baritone voice. I had only one fault with his narration in that he mispronounced the Arkansas River. It is not pronounced like the state but the emphasis is on Kansas. Lloyd is an actor and award winning audiobook narrator.
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- Jean

"The look (and Feel) of Hand-tooled Leather"

I had to steal that line from the Time Life book series from the 1970's but it fits well here. This book is a true tale of the old west, not just Dodge City, Wyatt Earp, and Bat Masterson like the title reads. I mean, it (the title) is almost misleading. This book is so much more.

If you are looking for a title that smells of gun smoke and dusty leather, if you're looking to learn of the west and how life in Dodge City, or really any western town was lived, told by the people whom lived it, don't think twice. And John Bedford Lloyd won't put you to sleep with his even tone and the stories within will keep you interested cover to cover. Add this one to your queue, it's well worth the credit!
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- Rick

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-28-2017
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio