Really enjoyed all the many hours involved in listening to this novel. This is one of those "best books" recommendations that was right on target. I liked the many narrators and the way it helped when listening to divide the stories of each generation of the family.
The narration of Peter McCullough character and I guess the character himself was a little too depressing for me.
Having read Will Patton in Doctor Sleep and Kate Mulgrew in Nosferatu. It was only logical that I read this book that had two narrators that totally awed me. Unfortunately Kate Mulgrew really could do nothing to make her characters story interesting. Scott Shepherd did capture the pathetic feel of the Peter McCullough's character. As for Will Patton , his characters story and his narration of it carries the entire performance to a four star. Absolutely thrilling like he literally takes you to that Indian camp site and you feel like you can relate with everything the character is going through and experiencing.
Philip Meyer did good job of creating this view of the history of Texas. Its a history that really has not being explored much in fiction. I really like the way that he points out some how that though the land was some what stolen from the Mexicans by the Whites, the Mexicans too had stolen the land from the Indians. He points it out without justifying the actions of any peoples. Leaving us with no good or bad guys. I LOVED that!
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A whole different history of the west than I ever knew. Not what I was looking for in a book but, an interesting history non-the-less. The violent, graphic nature was shocking and the story not so deep. No one to root for.
This is one of the tops on my list. Kept my attention for each of the 20+ hours. Listened while I drove from North Carolina to Austin, TX. An amazing history of Texas, wonderfully read, with great characters. Compares to Giant, Gone with the Wind, Exodus, and other epic stories of settlement, human existential dilemma, love, hope, selfishness, generosity, pain and redemption. The tension created by western territory expansion and the displacement of Native Americans, especially the Comanche was described as if I were there, participating. I gained a greater understanding of Native American traditions, the endurance of Anglo settlers, and the Mexicans who occupied the land since the Spanish conquest. A heartfelt, gripping story of survival all around.
As I entered and drove across northeast Texas, I came through the very towns referenced in the book as I was listening to it. Uncanny. I understood the settlement of Texas and her vastness much better as a result of listening to this Audible book.
Slow to get started. Pace and promise of an important book as it progresses. Then the narrative and storyline blows apart as the author feels around in the dark for a conclusion. Harsh? Maybe, but I was left so disappointed that it failed to make something out of some great raw material. The eventual weaving of the three story lines into "the son" is a heavy handed morality lesson. Jarring and inauthentic based on the profiles of the personalities that proceed it. The best part of the book is the performance of the various narrators. All of whom exceed the material.
Listening late into the night, the narrators brought this great story to life, so glad I own a copy, someday to savor once again.
historically accurate backdrop, clever use of characters and time frames, moving from person and era to another with ease. true character development and good momentum. the ending may not be totally satisfying but it lets the family story live on
toward the end when Eli spared young brave that pursued his posse knowing he may someday grow up and kill him.
follow four generations of Texans as they survive and thrive over 100 years of adventure, tragedy, and gain
Yes, I really loved the different voices of the 3 different characters. They brought these characters to life. The female character was the most unbelievable of the three and having Kate Mulgrew read it helped make it seem more real.
The glancing touch of history of Texas which was not all that long ago.
Eli Mcculough. he is an interesting character and the voice was perfect.
A great listen that will pull you into this three generational history of Texas.
This multi-generational saga takes place in Texas from the 1850's and goes to the later part of the 20th century. It focuses on one family, and alternates narration and story from Eli, the patriarch, to his disappointing son, Peter, and to Eli's great-granddaughter Jeanne. Eli is captured as a boy by the Comanches and raised as a tribesman. Eli's story is by far the most engaging from start to end, and takes up about half the novel. Eli is a fearless boy and man, and goes on to be a major force in ranching and oil in Texas. Peter the son cannot get past an incident where his neighbors and townspeople slaughter a neighboring Mexican family. His sadness gets weary and boring, and this part only picks up with a love affair later in his life. Jeanne's story starts slowly but does gather steam up as she gets older and assumes the reins of her family. I like that Jeanne and Eli have some great qualities, but flaws as well, making them not totally likeable but believable. The novel jumps from one character to the next advancing each of those lives. There were so many parts of this novel that I loved, but too many times when I was impatient to return to a thread or character which was more interesting. The readers were very good. Only Peter's might have overdone the sad/whiny quality. The readers for Eli and Jeanne were excellent.
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The correct history details.
Will Patton is always superb and I would run away with Kate in a heartbeat.
No. It takes a gestation period.
I may listen to it again.