The author had his own ax to grind. It showed in both books. He will excuse murder commited by the so called working class. The author has no moral compass.
NO! I gave him a second chance and it was a waste of my money.
This was a decent read and nothing more IMHO. It tells the story of several generations of a family in Texas and Mexico. I thought the historical context was pretty interesting. I think I understand more about the culture in Texas and the role of the oil industry.
Aspiring paperback novelist, living a small town life with a big imagination
Terrific characters with the exception of the one woman - it was like the author couldn't decide if he wanted her to be strong or weak and the narrator for her part, way overdid the Texas twang, making Jeanne even more unlikeable - Eli and Pete will stay with you for weeks after putting this book down. The male characters are deep and complex and their stories are redolent with rich tales of love and loss. The dynamics between the white man, Native American Indian and Hispanics are simply fascinating; the violence and tragedy this country is built on is simply staggering. Its been a month since I finished the book and I'm still chewing on it - really makes you think and reflect on our country's history with guarded respect and a small amount of horror.
Detailed research and knowledge of early Texas history
History of Texas from all points of view
I really loved three of the four narrators, however, Kate Mulgrew is the worst narrator I've ever heard on any Audible recording. Whoever picked her to voice a Texan has never been south of the Red River. She has no clue what a west Texas accent or any other Texas accent sounds like, and so she simply affects a broadly exaggerated hick voice. Her twang was a caricature and made her parts of the story hard to listen to.
The other narrators, Will Patton and Scott Shepherd especially, were terrific and more authentic. Why didn't anyone let Kate listen to them before she embarrassed herself with her part?
I love history and thought I was going to get a history of Texas... what I got was rape, murder, torture and confusing story lines... I could stomach only about 2 hours of this gore and bore. I haven't finished every book I've gotten but usually it's towards the end and its because it gets too tedious, I quit this one early and didn't go back.
I loved the different narrators, it was so refreshing. To date, I have not enjoyed any other audible book as much as this one.
The story contained every element I love in a book, a l or of history, a little dysfunction and a good amount of intrigue.
This book just became tedious to listen to, and I would have to force myself to finish it. Not one likable character out of the three major ones, and the only interesting character was Eli, the original patriarch of the Texas family. The characters were not well-rounded, and I found it difficult to even care what happened to any of them.
The violence and lack of any sort of warmth or affection was also a severe turn-off. Even one character's love affair with a woman seemed more based on guilt and obsession than anything real.
The only reason I even awarded it two stars was because some historical research seemed to have been done for the book, and it was interesting reading about some of the history of the times in this area.
The final ending was an unrealistic bore, sounding phony and contrived, as though the author was trying a little too hard for "poetic justice." His theme, "the chickens will come home to roost," was beaten over your head just a little too much.
The narrators were all great, and I awarded them 5 stars.
I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.
I loved the development of the three main characters. The readers were also excellent.
The emotional conflict each character has with his/her family and the time in which they live
Eli is so interesting. In some ways he is such a cowboy with an individual code of honor that the reader may not agree with. At one point he remembers seeing a 9 year old American Indian and says he is worth 1,000 men of his current time.
All three were very good, probably great
Family is who you love and who you despise
I'd you are a lover of the Lonesome Dove Books I believe you will be very happy with this book
From the first sentences I was hooked and found myself craving the next opportunity to listen. Recommended.
It would be far better if written in historical order. It jumps back and forth, and about 1/3 through the book I still am confused about what is going on!
If I knew it was out of sequence I would not buy it!
Performance was good.
I like books that get the reader or listener involved. This is one of those I can just throw aside without finishing.