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The Great Taos Bank Robbery

And Other True Stories of the Southwest
Narrated by: Jack Garrett
Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: History, American
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This classic collection of nonfiction essays about life in New Mexico by the great Tony Hillerman remains a must listen for anyone looking to understand the state's unique charm. The engaging pieces in The Great Taos Bank Robbery unveil the life and magic one experiences in the Land of Enchantment.

©1973 Tony Hillerman (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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"This collection is the essence of Hillerman, which is always instructive fun." ( New Mexican)

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  • Mark
  • 20-05-15

An entertaining book for exploring the southwest

A few months ago I stumbled upon Dead Run, which led me to Tony Hillerman as I decided it was time to explore and relearn the desert southwest I played in twenty years ago. The Great Taos Bank Robbery is a collection of essays that run the gamut of local politics, local history and modern epidemiology. Somehow the stories connect well because of the land they're centered on, despite exploring many different topics over many centuries (and millennia) of human history.

The author does a great job of keeping things light, entertaining, but still informs and educates. Gotta love that blend.

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  • Lady Pamela
  • 01-11-18

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Super great stories about New Mexico...insights into the state. A couple of notable ones are about the 1967 Tierra Amarilla riots and the Navajo who couldn't get the wire strung. Classic New Mexico tales--read 'em!

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  • Rio Delta Wild
  • 25-07-16

Can't help it, Hillerman fan loves his voice!

Tony is departed, but we have his voice for posterity. This group of stories which he found fascinating is a real treat. I'll probably listen to this repeatedly, just to bring him back, if only in voice and remembrance. Can't get enough of Tony and his daughter-novelist Anne Hillerman.

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  • SusanKC
  • 15-01-15

Not What I Expected and Wonderful

I thought this was about a robbery in Taos, instead it's a story about Taos and I loved it! We miss you Tony . . .

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  • Doug
  • 13-01-14

Great mix: history, geography&colorful characters

Tony's old school journalism training and talent are displayed well in this collection. I purchased this book for background research on some fiction I'm writing, and the stories were much more varied and entertaining than I expected. The title piece is pure entertainment, but other stories are more sober as Tony writes about the people and the culture of New Mexico. I'm not a personal fan of desert climates, but reading Tony's collection makes me want to visit New Mexico.

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  • Susie
  • 28-11-12

How Tony Hillerman Got His Start

Yes, it’s Tony Hillerman from his first youthful stories as a cub reporter. He was amazing from the very beginning, when no one knew his name other than the local readers. Immediately, you feel the same quick-witted, careful observation that’s part of his novels; but also, his warmth, humility, humor, and love of New Mexico.

This edition of The Great Taos Bank Robbery has even more stories than the first release, and a foreword written by Hillerman's daughter, who is just as enchanting as her father.

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  • Adrienne Smith
  • 25-09-16

By a NM Native

True to the bone. Smart, accurate and gentle. Reads like a sunset. loved it. PLACITAS, NM

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  • Donald
  • 31-12-14

Interesting look at history of area Great info

I enjoyed the old stories brought back to life
History buffs will enjoy. Don't miss this return to the old west updated.

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  • Codger
  • 15-10-13

New Mexico stories from the inside.

Tony Hillerman has the concise descriptive style that appears expansive when exercised on the scale necessary for the landscape. That style comes from much practice. While many of these earlier works are verbose by comparison, they do show humor and a real feeling for the subject matter. The narrator tends to go into a monotone when the story get verbose and drawn out. He reads alot of it as if it were a text book, not an entertainment.

All things considered, I enjoyed and recommend this book.

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  • Lone Stranger
  • 29-01-19

Interesting

It is an interesting collection of short historic narratives. I have always enjoyed this author's books and this one was very different. Interesting but not as good as his novels!