It was three (really four) stories and narrators, not always well woven together. I thought that scheme was somewhat awkward. Also, I found the ending unsatisfying.
Yes. In spite of my criticisms, I did enjoy the book.
I could listen to Will Patton read the phone book. He is among my favorites. In this case he was perfect as Eli.
When you start listening this book pulls you right into the thick of the story. This is the type of book that will make you stay up until 4 AM listening to the horrible and wonderful things that happen to the "hero"....at the beginning. It is totally exciting and will take you along for a wild, bloody, shocking ride. Little by little it starts to slip away and becomes just a story. Not compelling, just something to listen to until the end because you've invested so much of your time. By the end, you just don't care. The characters turn out to be selfish, controlling, whiney, and generally without merit.
It's like two different people/groups wrote this book. Too bad the first person/group didn't finish the job. This would be a book worth remembering. As it stands, The Son is totally forgettable.
No, I felt cheated. It was like beginning to eat a wonderful cupcake only to find out that it is absolutely hollow.
The reader who was Eli was fabulous. the others were just irritating and disappointing.
Absolutely not...unless I could leave before the middle of the movie, get free popcorn, and a full refund.
Other people thought this story was great. Maybe there's something wrong with me......or them!
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.
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 really loved this audio book. The actors that read the book made it come alive. I hated when the book ended and wanted more. I am glad they are making a tv series but I hope it lives up to the book. If you love Texas get this book.
Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
If not for the stunningly beautiful review by Mel on Audible, I might never have read this book. She had me after the first few words and I am grateful for it. While I would not put it in my top 100 books of all time I enjoyed it very much.
The Son is an epic tome spanning 4 generations and sharing 3 distinct stories. I was enchanted by the brutal story of Eli who returned to life as a white man in Texas but who never lost the skills and manners taught to him by the Comanche. He was a strong, harsh man who didn't seem to connect with the people nearest him. His story was compelling and each time the book circled back to him I was excited to find out what would happen next.
I also liked the story of Peter, who was the heart of the story. I am a sentimental, feeling person and am always attracted to characters who seem to be kind and compassionate. Peter was so different from Eli. I longed to know more about their relationship -- and more about Peter's mother -- to see where these differences came from. Peter's love for the "wrong" woman was a sweet piece of his puzzle and I was happy that one of the three stories offered a reprieve from the often ruthless and barbarous actions in the other two stories.
I was less charmed by Jeanne's story. I found her grating and more of a caricature than real. Her story -- the story of oil -- was also much less intriguing to me. In my opinion the book would have been better without her story. More attention to the relationship between Eli and Peter, and no third story might have warranted the fifth star.
The narration by Patton, Mulgrew, Shepherd & Collins was perfectly done. The changes in voice perfectly complemented the story and ensured that the listener always knew which time and place they were currently visiting.
While people differ in their capability to fight, the fighting spirit of the south in the civil war much less Texans, make the behavior of the mom & older brother unrealistic. It reads more like a backward projection of contemporary values.
This book was told from the perspective of three people. At any given time, one of the story lines was fascinating. The other two were dull and I couldn't wait to get back to the one that was worth my time.
Must like the main characters, be intelligently written and feel like I learned something at the end.
Engaging, melancholy, authentic.
Early on Ely's memories of being taken captive by the Comanche was really intriguing.
All were excellent. Will Patton was superb but was surprised how good Kate Mulgrew was. She has a talent for narration and will seek her out for more novels.
Regrets of Generations
This novel flew by and was very enjoyable to listen to. I don't think I would have been half as enjoyable had I read it.