It was three (really four) stories and narrators, not always well woven together. I thought that scheme was somewhat awkward. Also, I found the ending unsatisfying.
Yes. In spite of my criticisms, I did enjoy the book.
I could listen to Will Patton read the phone book. He is among my favorites. In this case he was perfect as Eli.
Say something about yourself!
Yes, because it is well written and read. A story of that transcends time and place, to come together as a cohesive story about a remarkable set of characters. That brings the reader into a bond with them that must be seen though to the end. And read by a great cast of people that brings it to life in so much better way than if I ear it myself.
The great variation of the kind of characters. Both in personalities and times.
No I have not. However I would look forward to listening to any of them read any of my future books.
Eli McCullough. To meet and get to know a man that is such a survivor, and man who has seen so much change in his life.
I have read other books that weave characters in time and place in the past. And many times I have not enjoyed them. But this author does it so well and with all the right times and places that it really works well. And in the end it seems that this is the best way to bring all these characters together, and make it work as an epic journey though the journey of several generations of a family.
Must like the main characters, be intelligently written and feel like I learned something at the end.
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.
I loved the first chapter. Then everything fell apart for me and never came back together again. While the author covered a lot of ground in the story, the character development was exceedingly flawed. The great grandaughter was the worst though all of them just picked up character traits like one would collect lint, without rhyme or reason. I think the author tried to make good points about the development of Texas and I just wished those points had been wrapped in a better story. I had intended to get American Rust but didn't bother after this disappointment.
Totally politically correct, and broken up, hard to follow and bleeding heart for all kinds of historical facts. Too modern a take on early actions.
Most of them
I had trouble finishing this book. The narrators were good, it was well written, however, I personally enjoy stories, not diary narrations. The chapters told about a different character; this jumped from back and forth from different years. I just was not real crazy about it as it just wasn't what I enjoy.
Yes, the cast is talented and diverse, and the story is brutal but fascinating.
Eli. His story I felt was just the most compelling of all. Wish there were more chapters on him. He's like the anti Dances with Wolves type hero.
Eli. His voice was perfect.
Probably Peter. Lots of scenes describing nice food with him.
Wish there were more.
I prefer a more linear narrative. Many times I could not grasp how the 3 main and one finale characters had affected each other with the jumps in time. Also the audio just wasn't on and this really showed in the intro and exits.
I found his background facts interesting and added a great deal to the story/stories. This is particularly true with the early indian times and "Plan of San Diego" (1915-1918) times.
Although I had heard of the mexican revolution involving the use of US military under Gen Black Jack Pershing the border troubles and killings of 1915-1918 were new and interesting to me.
I would be willing to try another Philipp Meyer book if I was sure it would be a beginning to end style of narrative. This book was like popcorn, air popped, with no butter or salt. Jumping around in time without much lasting flavor. Some people like there popcorn that way but not enough to to find it sold in movie theaters.
My download sounded over modulated. I enjoyed the actors and found their timing excellent. It was more on the technical side of the audio book.
None although I was not fond of the use of a "diary" to tell a story.
I appreciated the historical context of conflicts among White newcomers, Indians, and Mexicans as well as the background of Texas cattle and oil. I did not like the characters and, without a plot, their stories grew tiresome.