Yes. Adding a plot would have been nice.
Meh. So what?
Eli McCullough - Will Patton is the best. But even he couldn't save this for me.
I really didn't like this. The author was obviously attempting to write part paean, part elegy for The American Empire - its roots and decline, but it just ended up hitting you over the head with this in a rather unsubtle way. For instance - the Comanche Chief with Gibbons Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire as the stuffing for his shield.
In the end I didn't care. The characters, with the exception of Peter, left me cold. There were no redeeming characteristics with which I could identify......
The male narrators were great, especially Patton, of whom I am a big fan.
I like her as an actress, but Mulgrew's voice really grates on the ears. I get that it suits Jeanne McCullough, but it is hard to listen to.
This took me ages to get through because I really didn't look forward to putting it back on the player....that's not usual for me.
Yes, I was fascinated by the narrators bringing the characters alive and I know I missed some details.
My favorite character was Peter. He was so caught in the middle of this generational struggle against the times they lived in.
Some of the content was difficult to listen to, the narrators make it so tangible!
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'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
I didn't love this book. But it was quite solid. There are three story lines for three generations. The first one with the boy taken by Indians is fabulous. The other two just weren't the same standard, but they were well written,
I do believe it to be a pretty solid look at the very odd relationship in Texas from the Texicans, the American Settlers, and the Indians. The end is sort of miserable. but realisitic. Bottom line,, these are not very nice ,sensitive or socially responsible souls. That being said, it's probably properly historic.
Books are a survival tool in a sometimes insane world.
Yes because it was engaging and kept me riveted.
Everything. That his voice changed with the times and characters circumstances
Eli's time with the Comanche.
Will Patton is astonishingly perfect as Eli McCullough and Scott Shepard's tortured tender sadly hopeful Peter McCullough is heart-breakingly lovely. I knew nothing about the history of Texas and frankly didn't think I wanted or needed to know anything about it. But I was wrong. This book is one of my all time favorites and beyond the gorgeous writing and wonderfully drawn characters, has made me very curious about a time and place I haven't given much thought to before.
This book has it all - it's sassy, sophisticated, subtle, bold, beautifully crafted, funny, sad, poignant, interesting, educational, horrifying and just an all around perfect read.
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.