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!
I would put it in the top 20%, with multiple voices and a vivid story to tell.
I really like the multi-generational tale. I would compare this book favorably with John Steinbeck's East of Eden which tried to explain the rise of California through the generations of the Trask family. The Colonel's story--about capture by Comanche and a rise to wealth--is most riveting of all of them.
It made me heartbroken--the violence is deep, but it is touching, and Philipp Meyer doesn't shy away from the consequences of his characters' choices.
...without any explicit scenes. There are sex scenes depicted however in a more factual manner.
After reading the reviews, I had been braced for some gruesome violence because I consider myself sensitive to these things however I have finished the story and it was fine. There is plenty of violence, it is descriptive however not overly. There is just one gruesome scene that bothered me most largely because it's hard to think about what divides can drive people to inflict extreme cruelty on others.
The story moves along briskly. The characters felt well fleshed out. As to the other main gripe of some of the other reviewers, I will agree that the story jumping around was a bit confusing and perhaps the story might have been better without this. Because of this, in the case of Eli McCullough in particular, we know that he's not going to die or be killed at earlier points in the story because we know that he ends up wealthy and with heirs early on.
From a historic perspective, I found this added dimension edifying without being boring as I'm not much of a history buff. I noticed that the subject of women and their station at the time is brought up on many occasions. We have come a long way since then. Race issues are also a ubiquitous theme throughout. It's so encouraging to think how much times have changed. Whereas I have never really studied the indians, their culture and values I now have a much better understanding and respect. This story underlines their courage and altruism and love for nature and the natural world all values that I can fully admire and appreciate.
Probably due to all the jumping around in the story line I didn't like where it ended. It seemed that one point, the story just ends and audible thanks you for listening.
I definitely enjoyed Will Patton's narration. He's a natural for the characters that he's portrayed here.
Loved this family saga...very rich with wonderful character development & gripping storyline. The narration was particularly good as was the historical significance with the development of Texas.
Well worth the time to listen!!!
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YES....from the eyes and (ears) of a native Texan, this novel sits well on the shelves
with spellbinding epic novels such as 'Giant' and 'Lonesome Dove'. Do not miss
I cannot wait for the next novel from Philipp Meyer.
Let's just say I finished the book this morning and wish it was not yet over. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. I've read some of the reviews that talked about how the story of Eli was the only "compelling" story of the three; but I thought Peter's story was the part with the most "heart". He wanted the truth to be told during a time when the family and their lackeys wanted only the legend. The narrator of Peter's story was full of emotion and really conveyed what Peter was feeling.
The choice of Will Patton (Col. Dan Weaver from Falling Skies) and Kate Mulgrew (Capt. Janeway of Start Trek Voyager) were terrific choices. Will Patton did a really good job.
Peter was the most memorable. Perhaps it was the narration, or perhaps the story itself, but Peter with all his faults and his desire to do the right while not having the guts to stand up to the Colonel was the better story.
The Son is rich in history, and is told over 150 year period of time from 3 perspectives. I like the way it all came together at the end, like watching three almost-parallel lines finally intersect. I recommend this book for the listener who likes history, westerns, or even a bit of romance. The book was a little "graphic" in parts, and there was the use of the F-Bomb and other profanity throughout, but not enough to make me put it down or decrease my 5-star rating. Hopefully Philipp Meyer will do something else as good. I'll have to check out "American Rust" and see how good that one is.