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.
The colonel and the life of the commanche.
Will Patton was nothing short of amazing.
No, just a great book.
Will Patton is the perfect reader for Eli McCullough. He is the highlight among a very strong cast for this book -- my favorite audiobook of all time.
I have listened to it twice, which I have never done for any other audiobook.
I read "American Rust", so I already knew that Mr Meyer was a talented author, and this book reinforces my belief. Great sweeping novel, a bit like a Lonesome Dove, and well worth a listen. My only complaint is that Scott Shepherd can sound really whiney after a while!
The narrators and the very, very interesting story.
My favorite part of this story was the description of life and customs within the Native American tribe.
Many of the scenes in this book are very compelling. So compelling in fact that it is going to make it difficult to know what to leave out when the HBO series is made, which I am only hoping it will be. It is much too big a story for a single motion picture to do it justice.
For me when a book is so good one hates to put it down, I tend to slow things down so as not to finish it too quickly. Great stories like this are just not being written every day. One look at any bestseller list reveals this truth.
Listen. Go slow. Don't let the three intertwining stories confuse you. It will all come together in the end just beautifully. Don't confuse this book with, "& Sons: A Novel" by David Gilbert which recently came out and is getting a great deal of attention.
Listening to the book is spectacular. If you are interested in the Western ethic, particularly the people of Texas over several generations executed with immense polish, this book is for you.
George Saunder's book "The Tenth of December" is also a remarkable performance and much better listened to than read, I believe.
Will Patton never lets you down in any of his books. this is another must have. the story of a family from each generation and its issues settling the west. buy it
I truly enjoyed the historic aspect of the story....a little hard to follow from time to time, but enjoyable.