This story was too large of a time period to enjoy. There were so many characters in the novel that it was hard to remember who was who and in what time span. He could have written a mini series and focused on one time period per book instead.
It is definitely a bleak novel in following the history of the three members of the McCullough family. I was definitely glad when the novel was over. A lot of people raved about this book, however, I can only give it an average rating.
I love the narrator, Will Patton, but wish Phillipp Meyer had written a better book for him to read.
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.
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 usually like stories about the old west, but this one had not a single character that I could relate to in any way. There is no true hero or villain, and every character seems to alienate themselves quickly. The story is marginal. I kept holding out hope that something interesting would happen, but it never did. I thought the performance was true to the story. I think given the right part, Kate Mulgrew could really shine. I'll be looking for other stories narrated by her.
Women of the World
Less whining by Peter, a better ending, less everything.....
The voice of Peter was pathetic, as was his character
Cut back on the vulgarity. It does not enhance this long-winded story
Sorry I bought it and finished it. So disappointed
If you like novels about the old west don't miss this. I haven't been so engrossed in a novel since Lonesome Dove. I would sit in parking lots just to finish a chapter. The narration was superb, perfectly cast. The story and ending thought provoking, wrenching, sad and true to the times. An excellent novel.
I really enjoyed the story of Eli, on par with Little Big Man. . Jeanie's story was much better than the constant depressed mullings of Peter Mccullough, who's character made me imagine Robert Smith of the Cure had become a cowboy.
I kept hanging on and hanging on with the great voice actor performance carrying it through hoping that the story would improve but it never did. it is just full of awkward love making cursing and racism. I don't know how this thing was so highly reviewed. I'll go back to the old westerns. on a side note the genie McCullough audio performance was much louder than the other interweaving storylines and I had to turn the volume down every time it switched back to her character. for the first third of the book I couldn't keep all the characters straight due to the three independent plot lines running together.
When JA refused to accept Ulysses for who he was. The racism and arrogance just amazed me.
Eli. What stories this guy could tell.
It wasn't until the end of the book that I realized I had missed the involvement of a whole generation of the family. Peter's children were spoken of but they did not have a voice in the book. It wasn't until I found a picture of the family tree that is included with the paper copy of the book that I fully understood what had happened with the Peter character and JA. I'd suggest finding a copy of this online before you listen to the book.