I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
This is one of those books that's alive while you're listening and stays with you long after you're done. There's an element of brutality that's difficult to hear. Yet, it makes people who they are and so is a part of the whole thing just as much as the landscape.
This book helps you understand the Texas mindset and how it has impacted politics, business and society. Clearly, some of the big political personalities we've seen come out of Texas in the past century were a product of it. (LBJ, anyone?) The racial tensions that burn today are deeply rooted in the past.
I have a personal bias against books that continue to jump back and forth through characters and time frames. I find it jarring. This book is right on the ragged edge of doing that poorly. The thing that saves it from disaster is Will Patton. I looked forward to hearing him again and so didn't mind when a section ended and he began again.
This is an important book just from the perspective of understanding a part of history that's been overlooked. If you can handle the violence, you'll be rewarded with one of the best listens of the year.
Larry McMurtry makes these people come to life. Lee Horsley's narration is terrific -- especially the tone he uses for Gus. BUT the audio quality is awful. It sounds like they recorded it at different times. It can be distracting. It's really inconsistent.
but it's still brilliant work from Stegner -- who is certainly one of America's finest 20th century authors.
While this might be semi-autobiographical, it will get you thinking about more than Stegner's early life. It's really about all those dreamers you've ever known -- the people for whom daily life is just never enough. I am never disappointed with a Stegner book. Rather, I end it and wonder what to read next that will even be half as good.