The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (MP3 CD)

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The Collected Works of Billy the Kid By Michael Ondaatje, Stefan Rudnicki (Read by), Gabrielle De Cuir (Director) Cover Image
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An early, brilliant novel by the great Michael Ondaatje, imagining the life and times of William Bonney -- better known as Billy the Kid.

Constructed from what notes and fragments still exist, Ondaatje creates a raw, personal account of the Wild West legend. Told primarily from Bonney's perspective, the book chronicles the well-known exploits of his life: the formation of his gang; his standoff with Sheriff Pat Garrett; and the arrest, escape, and shoot-out that eventually killed him. These are the incidents that built Bonney's bloodthirsty reputation. But Ondaatje's novel is more than a rap sheet for a long-dead felon -- it is a tribute to the old west, to the dusty, sun-scorched hills of New Mexico, and to a young man whose brief life left an indelible mark on those he knew and the world he left behind. Ondaatje brings real humanity to this portrait of the notorious outlaw.

And it's just incredible. Ondaatje is a master, and this is him at his most poetic and inventive.

— Matt, Longfellow Books

Dawkins has made a career of science writing, tackling many of biology's most puzzling and counterintuitive ideas with lucid prose and illustrative examples. The rigor of his argumentation keeps the reader afloat in the choppiest scientific seas.

In Climbing Mount Improbable, Dawkins examines the mechanisms of evolution, and in particular, some of the natural structures that most seem to defy origin by random mutation. How does something as intricate and precise as a human eye or a spider's web evolve from chance?

The answers are fascinating, and to find them, Dawkins takes you on an extraordinary survey of the natural world. Back in paperback twenty years after its original publication, this is a real gem of scientific exposition.

— Matt, Longfellow Books

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From the Booker Prize-winning author of The English Patient comes a visionary novel about an icon of American violence. William Bonney a.k.a. "Billy the Kid," killed his first man when he was twelve. By the time he was twenty-one he had, by his own reckoning, slain nineteen more. In the intervening years he had become "Billy the Kid," bloodthirsty ogre and outlaw saint. Drawing on contemporary accounts, period photographs, dime novels and his own fund of empathy and imagination, Michael Ondaatje imagines Billy's passage across the blasted landscape of 1880s New Mexico and the collective unconscious of his country. The Collected Works of Billy the Kid is a virtuoso synthesis of storytelling, history, and myth by a writer who brings us back to our familiar legends with a renewed sense of wonder.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781433289507
ISBN-10: 1433289504
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Publication Date: August 15th, 2009
Language: English