11 episodes

A podcast of dime novel readings. The adventures of Buffalo Bill, Texas Jack, Wild Bill, White Beaver, Diamond Dick, and many more. Tales of western border romance, secret societies, detectives and mysteries, and so much more. These stories were originally printed by publishers like Street & Smith and Beadle's for a nickel or a dime, but you get them for free!

Note: These stories were largely written and published in the second half of the 19th century. They are very much products of their time, for better or worse. While their themes and characters have often aged well, other aspects have not. I am reading these stories as written, rather than changing or omitting words, phrases, or characterizations that might strike a modern audience as racist. In the story Texas Jack, The Prairie Rattler by Buffalo Bill Cody, a character named Ebony is referred to as a negro often, and at least once by a worse racial epitaph by an antagonist. Omitting these references would be disingenuous, but would also do a disservice to the story and its writer, who portrays Texas Jack—a former Confederate scout and the son of a southern slave owner—as the friend and companion of this black character. These men were absolutely products of their time, but that time was one of immense change and progress, and within that context, men like John Omohundro and William Cody would prove to be incredibly progressive.

Dime Library Matthew Kerns

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A podcast of dime novel readings. The adventures of Buffalo Bill, Texas Jack, Wild Bill, White Beaver, Diamond Dick, and many more. Tales of western border romance, secret societies, detectives and mysteries, and so much more. These stories were originally printed by publishers like Street & Smith and Beadle's for a nickel or a dime, but you get them for free!

Note: These stories were largely written and published in the second half of the 19th century. They are very much products of their time, for better or worse. While their themes and characters have often aged well, other aspects have not. I am reading these stories as written, rather than changing or omitting words, phrases, or characterizations that might strike a modern audience as racist. In the story Texas Jack, The Prairie Rattler by Buffalo Bill Cody, a character named Ebony is referred to as a negro often, and at least once by a worse racial epitaph by an antagonist. Omitting these references would be disingenuous, but would also do a disservice to the story and its writer, who portrays Texas Jack—a former Confederate scout and the son of a southern slave owner—as the friend and companion of this black character. These men were absolutely products of their time, but that time was one of immense change and progress, and within that context, men like John Omohundro and William Cody would prove to be incredibly progressive.

    The League of Three by Prentiss Ingraham - Two

    The League of Three by Prentiss Ingraham - Two

    Part 2 of The League of Three; or, Buffalo Bill's Pledge. A story of a trail followed to the bitter end by the three famous scouts, Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill and Texas Jack, the "Princes of the Plains" by Colonel Prentiss Ingraham, author of "Wild Bill, the Pistol Dead Shot," "Merle, the Mutineer," Gold," "Plume, the Boy Bandit," "Bison Bill, Prince of the Reins," "Crimson Kate," "Lone Star, the Cowboy Captain," Etc.

    Chapters 6 thru 10.

    • 31 min
    The League of Three by Prentiss Ingraham - One

    The League of Three by Prentiss Ingraham - One

    Part 1 of The League of Three; or, Buffalo Bill's Pledge. A story of a trail followed to the bitter end by the three famous scouts, Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill and Texas Jack, the "Princes of the Plains" by Colonel Prentiss Ingraham, author of "Wild Bill, the Pistol Dead Shot," "Merle, the Mutineer," Gold," "Plume, the Boy Bandit," "Bison Bill, Prince of the Reins," "Crimson Kate," "Lone Star, the Cowboy Captain," Etc.

    Chapters 1 thru 5.

    • 31 min
    Texas Jack, The Prairie Rattler by Buffalo Bill - Ten

    Texas Jack, The Prairie Rattler by Buffalo Bill - Ten

    Part 10 of Texas Jack, The Prairie Rattler; or, the Queen of the Wild Riders (A romance in the Life of a real hero—John B Omohundro-—Texas Jack—and a tale of the southwest border. By Honorable William F Cody “Buffalo Bill” author of The Gold Bullet Sport, Kansas King, Deadly Eye, The Phantom Spy, etc etc.

    Chapters 46 thru 50.

    • 31 min
    Texas Jack, The Prairie Rattler by Buffalo Bill - Nine

    Texas Jack, The Prairie Rattler by Buffalo Bill - Nine

    Part 9 of Texas Jack, The Prairie Rattler; or, the Queen of the Wild Riders (A romance in the Life of a real hero—John B Omohundro-—Texas Jack—and a tale of the southwest border. By Honorable William F Cody “Buffalo Bill” author of The Gold Bullet Sport, Kansas King, Deadly Eye, The Phantom Spy, etc etc.

    Chapters 41 thru 45.

    • 31 min
    Texas Jack, The Prairie Rattler by Buffalo Bill - Eight

    Texas Jack, The Prairie Rattler by Buffalo Bill - Eight

    Part 8 of Texas Jack, The Prairie Rattler; or, the Queen of the Wild Riders (A romance in the Life of a real hero—John B Omohundro-—Texas Jack—and a tale of the southwest border. By Honorable William F Cody “Buffalo Bill” author of The Gold Bullet Sport, Kansas King, Deadly Eye, The Phantom Spy, etc etc.

    Chapters 36 thru 40.

    • 35 min
    Texas Jack, The Prairie Rattler by Buffalo Bill - Seven

    Texas Jack, The Prairie Rattler by Buffalo Bill - Seven

    Part 7 of Texas Jack, The Prairie Rattler; or, the Queen of the Wild Riders (A romance in the Life of a real hero—John B Omohundro-—Texas Jack—and a tale of the southwest border. By Honorable William F Cody “Buffalo Bill” author of The Gold Bullet Sport, Kansas King, Deadly Eye, The Phantom Spy, etc etc.

    Chapters 31 thru 35.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

Matt from Chattanooga ,

Westerns

I mean, why not?

Yes, I'm reviewing this, because I still think its a really good idea. These stories remain fun and entertaining. Even though they were only a dime, they're now free to listen to. What a value!

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