The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

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Hansen re-creates the real West with his imaginative telling of the life of the most famous outlaw of them all, Jesse James, and of his death at the hands of the upstart Robert Ford. James, a charismatic, superstitious, and moody man, holds sway over a ragged gang who fear his temper and quick shooting. Robert Ford, a young gang member torn between worshipping Jesse and taking his place, guns him down in cold blood and lives out his days tormented by the killing.

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Ron Hansen is the bestselling author of the novel Atticus (a finalist for the National Book Award), Hitler's Niece, Mariette in Ecstasy, Desperadoes, and Isn't It Romantic?, as well as a collection of short stories, a collection of essays, and a book for children. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Ron Hansen lives in northern California, where he teaches at Santa Clara University.

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Ron HansenÕs novel chronicles the lives and times of Jesse James and Robert Ford, the sycophantic young outlaw who eventually shot Jesse in the back. In HansenÕs quest for period accuracy, the early chapters are slow going, but G. Valmont ThomasÕs narration is strong enough to overcome the heavy exposition. ThomasÕs shaded characterizations provide fascinating human insights into the legend of Jesse. The author reveals details of the gunslingerÕs personality--he used potions, and was superstitious and vain. JesseÕs relationship with Zee is described as well--from courtship to marriage. HansenÕs habit of ÒverbingÓ nouns gets annoying (Òwristed with lace,Ó Òsnailed across the roadÓ), but ThomasÕs performance is so appealing--with his mellifluous tones; honest, uncluttered delivery; and perfect diction--that listeners wonÕt mind. Thomas makes this an audiobook you wonÕt want to miss. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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