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Wallis, Michael. Billy the Kid; the endless ride.

WALLIS, Michael. Billy the Kid; the endless ride. Read by Todd McLaren. 8 cds. 9 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2007 978-1-4001-0416-1. $34.99. Vinyl; content, author, reader notes. JS

To some, Billy the Kid has always been a Western hero; to others he was a crazed killer. Wallis, smitten with stories about the Kid, attempts to demystify the legend. Henry Carry, later known by a number of aliases including Kid Antrim and William Bonney as well as Billy the Kid, supposedly was born in New York City in the late 1850s. After his father's death, Henry's mother remarried and the family moved West. Wallis carefully researched his topic, including oral histories, to chronicle the exploits of the Kid up to his death at the hands of Pat Garrett in 1881. This is a serious work and McLaren's generally unvoiced performance complements the effort. He varies his tone so it is appropriate for the situation. This version is more for the history buff than the adventure seeker. Prof. John E. Boyd, Jenkintown, PA

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescent and their teachers.

S--Recommended for senior high school students.
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Author:Boyd, John E.
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Date:Nov 1, 2007
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