• Jigger Bunts

  • A Western Story
  • By: Max Brand
  • Narrated by: Traber Burns
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (272 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Every fall Tom Reynard, ramrod for the Bar L, had a hard time finding cowpunchers willing to work the winter range in the bleak badlands near the Sioux reservation. So when Jigger Bunts, an 18-year-old from New York who was familiar with riding and roping, happened along, he was hired even though his youth was a red flag to Reynard.

To pass the time in the bunkhouse, the other cowhands spin tall tales for Bunts, whom they call the kid, about the exploits of Reynard, and soon Reynard becomes Bunts' hero and role model. Reynard quickly tires of the hero worship, so he concocts a new hero for the kid in Louis Dalfieri, based merely on a picture. Dalfieri replaces Reynard in the kid's mind as his hero, especially when the yarns the punchers tell the kid about this two-gun Robin Hood become outrageous. 

When a stranger is brought to the ranch by Bunts and he cheats the Bar L cowboys in a game of poker, the kid takes off to get their money back, to right the wrong as he believes Dalfieri would. This decision sends him down a path outside the law from which there appears to be no return, and for which Reynard can only blame himself. Reynard had all but given up hope to help Jigger Bunts when his mind is changed by a chance encounter with an old friend, Maybelle Crofter.

Recently discovered among his unpublished works, this untraditional story will delight fans of Max Brand westerns.

©2019 Max Brand (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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Favorite lines, "men took a lot of Killin

in those days", and, "his head was full of bone from the ears on up".

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Meh...

This yarn was not hard to finish... But, if ever someone creates a wheel to spin that has Old Western story lines on it, this story has several spins and their results in spades. Hero✓ less than respectfull woman✓ agressor(s)✓✓✓ A governor to issue clemency✓ a bad man turned good by the love of a woman✓... and don't forget about train travel too.

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Unique

Another unusual story penned by a master story teller.

Totally different from any I have read of his before but very gripping and enthralling. It kept my interest on a high note all the way through.

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sleazy feeling

dishonest actions described throughout the first chapter. and I could not get the fowl taste out my mouth

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I like westerns

This was the mostly borring book that I've ever listen to in full. Just forward it till the last hour. You won't miss much.

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Sad Story

A young cowboy made to believe that his boss was a hero by mischievous cowboys who made up stories fo tell him because he was slow of wit. This is sad because they changed this young man's life but could not change his spirit of what is right and wrong.

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One Great Book!

I loved this story! I loved the narration! I would like to hear more books from this author!

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The man that never was!

Up to the cattle ranch rode a slightly naïve but honest and hard=working eighteen-year-old young man looking for work. The boss didn’t want to hire such a youngster but he needed men, so hire him he did. My name is Jason but most folks call me Jigger he said. The other cowhands took advantage of Jigger’s naivety by making up tall tales of the boss until Jigger thought of him as some kind of hero. After a while, the boss was tired of the game wanting out. They all made up a new character for Jigger to imitate, a gunfighter, and Jigger took the bait, hook, line, and sinker. Following in the footsteps of a hard gunfighter eventually got Jigger in trouble. He tried to return to a quiet, honest life on the ranch but it seems trouble followed him. Jigger was walking a dangerous path and it was the ranch hands fault. They must help Jigger get back on the straight and narrow.

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Not complete

I feel like it definitely could’ve went on like Louis Lamour story would have and Jigger ended with the girl.

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