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A true saga of a Texas family from early frontier days to the 1990s portrayed by 3 excellent actors who really were their parts-this was a 'listen all day' kinda book. I'm glad I had a rainy sunday to spend lazing on the couch and totally getting into the stories that were related of 3 generations of the McCullough family...
Kudos especially to Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew and Scott Shepherd for their interpretations of Eli, Jennie and Peter-I was really *there* listening to them...at Cherokee campsites, at the frustrations of a feminist who didn't know she was a feminist dealing with men who didn't take her seriously and at frustrated Peter who loved a woman forbidden by racial restrictions to him.
These narrators/actors wouldn't have been nearly as successful without the wonderful novel..one of those books MADE for audiobook...by Phillip Meyer. A true saga of a book that puts Edna Ferber's "Giant" to shame..made me see how 'Hollywood"Giant was.
***spoiler here***** My only disappointment - and it was truly because I wanted a 'happy-there-gotcha ending' was having the last Garcia child ride hell bent for leather back over the Rio Grande when I so wanted Jennie to accept him as a true son of the family. Well..guess I wanted a 'Hollwyood ' ending there and it didn't happen.****end spoiler***
Congratulations to all involver for a fantastic novel that kept this listener glued to the iPad.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
Cowboys, Indians, Oil.
Eli McCollough because he had the most interesting experiences. He went from being captured by Indians to becoming an Indian than a Ranger and wealthy Oil man. Quite a range of life altering stories that come down to what kind of man he became.
We had 4 narrators. Will Patton was the best, and even though I love Kate Mulgrew I think she was miscast in this. I would have liked to see Cybil Shephard or some other Texas woman do this part. Kate is too East Coast patrician for it. The other narrators were so so. The Peter McCollough narrator was pretty wimpy and whiny, but I guess that fit his character. The Garcia-McCollough character was fine but not in much of the book.
The wild west, uncensored.
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.
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!
A fan of history, biography and baseball. (Not particularly in that order)
Yes, because it is well written and read. A story of that transcends time and place, to come together as a cohesive story about a remarkable set of characters. That brings the reader into a bond with them that must be seen though to the end. And read by a great cast of people that brings it to life in so much better way than if I ear it myself.
The great variation of the kind of characters. Both in personalities and times.
No I have not. However I would look forward to listening to any of them read any of my future books.
Eli McCullough. To meet and get to know a man that is such a survivor, and man who has seen so much change in his life.
I have read other books that weave characters in time and place in the past. And many times I have not enjoyed them. But this author does it so well and with all the right times and places that it really works well. And in the end it seems that this is the best way to bring all these characters together, and make it work as an epic journey though the journey of several generations of a family.
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.
Can't stop listening
After the first violent episode, the rest were a bit easier to read through. I loved the different characters sharing a story across the ages, each bringing a different perspective and each a fascinating character in their own rights. The writing is rich and engaging. The research impressive. But the narration steals the show for me. Not sure the print version would have been as engaging. I loved Eli from start to finish, much the way good girls like bad boys. "Might makes right" echoes from these pages and reminds me why Texas can be such an ornery and difficult place. If anything, the book makes me like the state even less than I did before by confirming stereotypes, but that didn't make the read any less enjoyable.
Complex. Nostalgic. Brutal.
Peter McCullough, because he agonized over his good fortune, verses the right way to live life on earth.
When Maria Garcia returned to the Ranch, and Peter fell in love with her. His journals were filled with sharp longing; their situation, emotions were raw and haunting.
Were it possible, yes.. but I enjoyed each different chapter, a different character and time frame, converging into the big picture.
It. Was. Amazing.
I cannot add much more to the great reviews of this novel by listeners, readers and critics. I loved the literary devices used to tell this spectacular story of a Texas family, which is, in many ways, reminiscent of a Greek tragedy.
This is, by a long shot, the best book I've listened to. The best material by the best narrators. I also read it, but I can't be as bold in my assessment of the book in print.
I finished this in July and am just now sitting down to write a review. The novel sticks with you like any great piece of art, be it a novel, movie, painting or song.
I cannot recommend this enough.