Texas: a land of sprawling diversity and unparalleled richness; a dazzling chapter in the history of our nation; a place like no other on Earth. Through the remarkable lives of four families, this epic saga spans four centuries and two continents and charts the dramatic formation of several great dynasties from the age of the conquistadors to the present day. A richly compelling novel of a proud people eager to meet the challenge of the land, Texas is James Michener's most magnificent achievement.
©1985 James A. Michener (P)2015 Random House Audio
"Vast, sprawling, and eclectic in population and geography, the state has just the sort of larger-than-life history that lends itself to Mr. Michener's taste for multigenerational epics." (The New York Times)
"A sweeping panorama.... [Michener] grapples earnestly with the Texas character in a way that Texas' own writers often don't." (The Washington Post Book World)
I love Michener. Read this book several years ago and loved it. Decided to purchase and download for my morning walks and drive to/from work. Couldn’t complete it. Audible would be well served to have these re-narrated and offered. The orator, in my opinion, is simply horrible.
Scott Brick or Stephan Rudniki have done exceptional performances on other books.
Please consider re-recording these Michener books. The current reading is such a dis-service to an exceptional author.
I am not a native Texan, but as they say here, "I got here as soon as I could". Michener's story is great and well worth reading. I first read "Texas" about six months after I moved to Texas. I worked with several native Texans and this book helped me understand the culture into which I had moved. I was very pleased to see that Michener's works finally came to audible, and I eagerly got this book and looked forward to listening/reading it again. It has been 20 years since I had last read the book, and once again, I was captured by the incredible story. He does a tremendous job of capturing the heart and soul of Texas and Texans, and I can't help being proud to be a part of this culture with all it's ups and downs. I highly recommend this book to anyone new to Texas or thinking of moving to Texas.
The narration on the other hand was AWFUL. It was like listening to a robot pedantically over pronouncing each word. How anyone could pick this guy to read is beyond my understanding with so many excellent readers out there. After 20 hours or so he either got a little better,and loosened up a little bit, or my mind became numb to his style, and I made it all the way through his narration, except for the credits at the end. Enough is enough.
After saying this about the narrator, don't miss out on a great story just because of the reader. This can be listened to, you just won't likely pick another story read by this guy.
I have always admired Michener's works, having read several, and was excited to see them now out in audio book form. It was a serious letdown to hear it narrated so dryly, without character, inflection, feeling or accent. The diction was so perfect and over-pronounced, it was really overdone. Such an injustice to a great work. This will surely cause me to listen to an audio sample in the future prior to buying any book. I almost left this after the first 30 minutes, but endured the 52 hours.
Larry Mckeever voice puts you to sleep. I could not complete this book. I feel that the book it self may be a good book. However, you have to get pass the dullness & lack luster of the narrator's tone of reading. Moving on.
Very disappointed. Description sounded good. Audible must have used The ONLY ok narrated part for the preview. I wasted my credits due to narration. Will probably not finish.
First let me preface this review by saying that I typically listen to audio books that are 30 to 60 hours long. I love long in depth books that can sweep you away and I can listen to for several weeks on my daily drive.
I really wanted to like this book as I am a Texas native. I was hoping to hear the stories of familiar places and landmarks.
This book is separated into several downloads to allow small devices to save save space.
I downloaded the first section and started to listen. I patiently waited to grasp and get to know the characters. I waited and I waited. I could not understand why I did not get into the story. I am not sure if it was the narrators voice, inflection,the tempo or the book itself
I finally quit the story. I was not enjoying it and it became only noise. I may try this book again, but read it the next time.
I would not as I could not finish the story.
I am unsure
Turn off the book.
Say something about yourself!
the narrator definitely took away from the story which wasn't strong to begin with. I don't know of any person from the Northern States that understands Texas. There was no accent or inflection by the narrator. Combined with the Northern accent made for a boring book. The stories weren't very good either. Maybe it is because I am a Texan & studied Texas history in school and on my ownbut, I found them uninspiring .
I could barely manage to give this novel a chance. I cannot express how terrible this narration is. I am a die hard Texan and audible fan and I REALLY wanted to love this piece. I would, in fact, like to find the time to read Texas in print, but audible is what gets me through my long commutes. This narration would have put me straight to sleep on the road if wasn't so busy being annoyed by how terrible it was. I very rarely leave reviews on anything, but I implore you to please listen to this sample before taking the plunge. Don't be disappointed like I was!
While I enjoyed Michener's work, listening to Larry McKeever for 64 hours was barely tolerable. It was like listening to a computer AI voice doing the reading. I listened because I wanted to get through the book, but I will never purchase another book read by McKeever.
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