I just looked over the other reviews of this book and I am struck by how many people loved it, just a couple of reviewers had the same experience that I did. I was caught up right away by the story, thought it was going to be great and ordered a paper copy for a friend. I should have waited. Perhaps reading it wouldn't be as bad as listening to the reader who told the story from Peter's perspective. Whine whine whine! Even during the time in his life when he is supposedly happy he sounds whiney. I had hoped for a story more about Texas and less about relationships in this family. It seemed to me frequently to be written not from the actual history, but more from a politically correct point of view currently in fashion. This is not great literature or great performance, think twice before using your credit on this book.
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 themes of sex, greed and power, expertly told.
Learning to live like Indians.
When he finally gets away from "women's work" and has the kids teach him hunting.
I wouldn't take any of them out to dinner. They are all way too larger than life to take to dinner.
This was one of the most realistic stories of the ol' West. Super!
Totally politically correct, and broken up, hard to follow and bleeding heart for all kinds of historical facts. Too modern a take on early actions.
Most of them
Cruel greedy truth
Eli McCullough, why: Will Patton!!!!!
Will Patton 's narration of Eli was amazing. Enough to have me look for all his audiobooks whether I usually would be interested in them or not.
Eli's transition from kidnapped white to member of the tribe
Best, the very best, audiobook I have listened to. A year later and I haven't found anything close.
I had trouble finishing this book. The narrators were good, it was well written, however, I personally enjoy stories, not diary narrations. The chapters told about a different character; this jumped from back and forth from different years. I just was not real crazy about it as it just wasn't what I enjoy.
Yes, the cast is talented and diverse, and the story is brutal but fascinating.
Eli. His story I felt was just the most compelling of all. Wish there were more chapters on him. He's like the anti Dances with Wolves type hero.
Eli. His voice was perfect.
Probably Peter. Lots of scenes describing nice food with him.
Wish there were more.
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.