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.
First Will Patton can do no wrong. I love everything he narrates, and he was the perfect voice for Eli. I've listened to many Audible books and have been amazed how one voice can create so many textures giving life to characters in the book. However, this book was enhanced by having 4 distinct voices for the main characters. I now have a personal relationship with each one.
I love the history, how much life and attitudes changed within 150 years. I love the depth of relationship I was able to build with the characters. I loved the ending, and was able to see the moral to the story without being hit over the head with "and the Moral to the Story is ___________." Facts were laid out for you to see and feel and discover inside yourself. Not preaching and dogma. Not political agendas.
I found it moving that Eli spent three years with the Indians, but developed a lifetime love of his Indian family and their values. He thought himself an orphan from his natural family, and when it came time to return to white civilization, he was torn. I felt his pain.
There are things to be learned from all cultures. No enemy is all bad, and if you find yourself living on the other side of the fence, they are no longer the enemy.
I'm from Texas and proud of it. Our rich history is full of people with bigger than life personas. This book easily could have been about real people in Texas.
During the first half of the book you are instantly drawn in thinking, "okay, this will be good entertainment." During the second half of the book, the pieces to the story that you hadn't even realized were missing, suddenly open, revealing not just an entertaining story, but a GREAT one.
I loved all the performances. At first I thought Peter's voice was rather exaggeratedly pathetic. It sounded like he was greatly depressed. It took a bit of getting used to. However, that's who Peter was. He was depressed. Sad. Whiny. Not saying he didn't have a reason to feel that way, or that he didn't have anything to say.
At first, when I realized Jeanie was being narrated by Kate Mulgrew, I wondered how I was going to accept her voice as truly Texan. I'd just finished listening to NOS4R2 with Kate Mulgrew. Really enjoyed it, but that character definitely had no southern influence. Happily, I was not disappointed. It took very little time to adapt my ear to Kate reading as Jeanie McCullough.
Texas history buff or not, this is a MUST READ!
This was a great listen. The narrators were excellent and the plot was engaging. The author did a good job of exploring the motivations and challenges facing each generation. A few tips - it is a bit gory so be warned. And if you do listen to the book, go to Amazon and download the geneology chart that is included in the first pages of the printed book. I wish I had done that sooner as it helps to explain the family history.