Engaging, melancholy, authentic.
Early on Ely's memories of being taken captive by the Comanche was really intriguing.
All were excellent. Will Patton was superb but was surprised how good Kate Mulgrew was. She has a talent for narration and will seek her out for more novels.
Regrets of Generations
This novel flew by and was very enjoyable to listen to. I don't think I would have been half as enjoyable had I read it.
Can't stop listening
After the first violent episode, the rest were a bit easier to read through. I loved the different characters sharing a story across the ages, each bringing a different perspective and each a fascinating character in their own rights. The writing is rich and engaging. The research impressive. But the narration steals the show for me. Not sure the print version would have been as engaging. I loved Eli from start to finish, much the way good girls like bad boys. "Might makes right" echoes from these pages and reminds me why Texas can be such an ornery and difficult place. If anything, the book makes me like the state even less than I did before by confirming stereotypes, but that didn't make the read any less enjoyable.
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The correct history details.
Will Patton is always superb and I would run away with Kate in a heartbeat.
No. It takes a gestation period.
I may listen to it again.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
Cowboys, Indians, Oil.
Eli McCollough because he had the most interesting experiences. He went from being captured by Indians to becoming an Indian than a Ranger and wealthy Oil man. Quite a range of life altering stories that come down to what kind of man he became.
We had 4 narrators. Will Patton was the best, and even though I love Kate Mulgrew I think she was miscast in this. I would have liked to see Cybil Shephard or some other Texas woman do this part. Kate is too East Coast patrician for it. The other narrators were so so. The Peter McCollough narrator was pretty wimpy and whiny, but I guess that fit his character. The Garcia-McCollough character was fine but not in much of the book.
The wild west, uncensored.
Funny, when I was in school, I had no interest in history...now I love it, especially learning it from great stories like this one! Will look for more from this author. Always enjoy multiple narrators, they just seem to make the story come to life for me!
This book went by much faster than I expected. Very engrossing story using a device involving 3-4 narrators telling their story in different time periods. It had an element of mystery because their were parallel lines that intersected over time. And then over time the threads came together amazingly. I was very impressed by the use of the technique. There were at least 5 times when I had to just stop what I was doing (cooking, cleaning out litter box, folding laundry, etc) and be still, not wanting to miss one word. Wow. Historical fiction that taught and entertained.
I'm torn. I enjoyed listening to Jennie McCollough and as a woman/feminist I related to her character's struggles, but although she was juicy I didn't like her as a person. But I really liked Peter McCollough. He was my hero! If there were more people like him we would have 80% less strife in this world.
Loved all but I guess The Colonel
Blood on Texas
There were graphic rape scenes but that's what happened.
LOVED this book - historical fiction, well done A great book for anyone who is craving historical fiction. The main character can be amusing at times. I'm looking forward to this author's next book.
I LOVE to listen to audiobooks - the Audible ap is by far the best thing that's ever happend to my iPhone.
I didn't want the book to end - it was a comfortable listen that drew me in. The novel follows the lives of three individuals who happen to be Grandfather, Father and Daughter. Each of them is a "son". I particularly enjoyed Eli's story line and focused extra attention on the story when his parts came up. Fabulous!
Some of the lines in the book we so meaningful - things you would underline and commit to memory if you were reading the actual pages. I found myself using the "back 30 seconds" button to hear things again because they moved me... The descriptions were so well written that it was impossible not to see the landscape or have empathy for characters.
I hate to mar this review with any negativity - but I really didn't like the narrator that read the part of Peter. His voice was shaky and depressing. I know he was embodying the personality of Peter in his voice - but it was too much.
I listen to audio books when I run so it's important that they're engaging and can keep you hooked throughout and The Son delivered big time. The performance was wonderful-- I actually think I probably would prefer this book in audio form over hardback, and the story was excellent as well. I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
Absolutely. Epic, intense, everything an story should be.
I got lost in it. What other purpose does a good novel serve?
The narration was top drawer. Now, after listening to about 30 audio books, I can wholeheartedly recommend "The Son" and "Far Pavilions" as having the best narration and production. I wish I could have heard more of that music! Why not make it available?
Eli, but I doubt he would have wanted to go!
Top notch, top drawer. I was born 100 years too late!