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Texas: A Novel

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Audible Editor Reviews

"James Michener is something rare and valuable: an honorable craftsman doing honorable work.... He manages to make history vivid and palatable to the reader." (The Boston Globe)

Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    tk 08-20-16
    tk 08-20-16
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    "Great Story. Terrible Narration (in my opinion)"
    What disappointed you about Texas?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Larry McKeever?

    Scott Brick or Stephan Rudniki have done exceptional performances on other books.


    Any additional comments?

    Please consider re-recording these Michener books. The current reading is such a dis-service to an exceptional author.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Pflugerville, Tx, United States 03-03-16
    Jim Pflugerville, Tx, United States 03-03-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Story...but then there was the narration"

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Greg 01-25-16
    Greg 01-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Awful Narration"
    What did you like best about Texas? What did you like least?

    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.


    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-28-16
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    "The Struggle Continues"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. James 04-19-17
    J. James 04-19-17 Member Since 2011
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    "10 minutes in. Narration like computer"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Wallerstedt 04-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Did not finish"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you recommend Texas to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not as I could not finish the story.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Larry McKeever?

    I am unsure


    Did Texas inspire you to do anything?

    Turn off the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ROBERT 01-30-17
    ROBERT 01-30-17 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Weak to begin with and narrator didn't help."

    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 .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    trish 01-25-17
    trish 01-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "excrutiating narration"
    What disappointed you about Texas?

    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!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. Stewart 12-28-16
    T. Stewart 12-28-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Needs a Different Reader"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eddie 10-06-16
    Eddie 10-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Proud to be a Texan!"

    As a certified Texas-nut, I was inspired to learn so much more about Texas. James Michener's perspective of our history gave me insight as to why Texans are so unique.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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