The only thing missing was the genealogy chart in front of written edition but that makes one listen a second time.
All the Pretty Horses, Meridian, Lonesome Dove
Eli and Peter
No,though brutal at times and necessarily so. Especially interesting to this Texan.
The historical details and observations about life at different times in different cultures were most excellent. Should win an award for vocal performance and receive serious book award consideration; can't believe it's not best seller yet.
I don't believe this is, as one reviewer suggested, an almost perfect novel. When edits so scour an ending as if the publisher just said "enough already", the reader is left with an unfinished and undigested meal. It does however imitate other "great" contemporary literary talent whose affinity for abrupt and blunt endings, is an art form
Meyer is a gifted writer with perceptibly detailed research and character development. Yet, the hackneyed themes of America's (and the human race's) inglorious past, as if it is the only one we have, despairing lives, as if hope, possibility and redemption are literary evils, Nietzschean tragedy, as if futility and the willful directionless of the strong willed are the only ones who "inherit the earth" become so predictable as to be laughable, were the stories not so depressing.
It's almost seems as if Meyer writes for a narrow audience of peers whose validation he will, I have no doubt, receive. I, for one, find these kinds of novels...a waste of talent and thus my time. As always, Will Patton is excellent, as are his fellow readers.
Will Patton did an amazing job with the narration of Eli both old and young
Great book.....wish there was more of Eli. Meyer should write a book just about him
The readers enriched the story with their voices and carried me away to their locations
Side by side with Texas history!
I could 'feel' the experience through their voices
Eli McCullaugh always moved me
Excellent setting - sweeping dramatic historical story
By the time you finish this entertaining story you will have learned a lot about the history of Texas without even knowing it. The multiple narrators worked out well. Kate Mulgrew especially was very good.
informative, fascinating, visceral
historical novels by James A. Michener
There were both male and female narrators and each did an admirable job; however, I most enjoyed Will Patton. His modulation and intonation always intrigue.
I was fascinated to learn about the rituals and mores of the Comanche Indians. Have to admit however, that some of the descriptions of capture and torture were a bit visceral at times.
READ THIS NOW. The book was fun and engaging and reminded me how much I love westerns (when they are done right).
There are some brutal scenes early in the book. Some of them were tough to get though, but necessary to understand some of the crucial plot elements.
The narrators did an amazing job. They were well selected and performed above expectations!
I saw the great reviews of this book and so I downloaded it. I understand how some people might think this is a great book. Whenever an author weaves different characters and different time frames together into a whole that makes you understand it all it can be great. The problem I had with The Son was that some parts were beyond boring. The performances by Will Patton and the other readers were very good.
I thought the segments about Ely McCullough were interesting and I wanted more. The segments about Peter McCullough and Jeannie McCullough were excruciatingly depressing and boring. I guess I'm a lightweight for not thinking Peter's interminable musings on his depressed condition were tedious. I didn't give a damn about anything that Jeannie said, which is never good in a book filled with her ramblings. t got through the book, but really I don't know why.
Enticing story spanning 3 generations, cleverly thought out, and gripping. Feeling the stories coming closer to linking made it hard to stop listening. Great character development.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
This is really three different books. Two of them are interesting, and I found the other not. Although it about three generations of a Texas family, following the plot in an audio version is slightly difficult. You jump between characters, eras, and story lines rather quickly. Sometimes you miss the transitions, especially near the end where the three separate story lines come together. The beginning of the book and story about being captured by Indians was the most interesting. The story about the Texas Woman Oil Barron was not. It so reminded me of the movie Giant.