This is the captivating story of four generations. There's Moss, living in the shadow of a father whose obsession with power overshadows the needs of his only son; Jessica, the doomed mother who gave up everything to become the perfect Coleman wife; Moss and Billie's children, desperately trying to live up to the insurmountable expectations; and the grandchildren, heirs to a tarnished empire who just might fulfill their dreams.
Most of all this is the triumphant story of Billie Ames Coleman, a woman of courage and strength who holds them all together - in a tale as magnificent as the land that inspired it.
©1987 Fern Michaels; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I read this story several years ago, I enjoyed it then and enjoyed it more in this format. Laural Merlington is a great story teller and a pleasure to listen too.
The only thing that saved this one was great narration. The writing was cliched, the characters flat, the plot predictable. Billie is a punching bag through the whole story and never grows into herself. I kept listening to see if she'd grow a backbone, but nope. It's hard to root for a character like that.
This book inspired me to purchase the collection. It was amazing. Felt like I knew each character. Well written and narrated. I could not let go
I like the length of the book, it's really long, The story, characters, it was a nice surprise read/listen. I didn't know what I was in for other than I liked the book description and the reviews.
Billie. Her character had many layers to her persona. The whole family was really interesting.
Here's why I decided to even write this review- I hope to get a message to the narrator. Over-all the narration was good, very good in some regards. However, there is one character that I could barely tolerate the narrators voice, she ha s a lovely voice, and that was the character of Seth. His (her voice) was really grating and I almost couldn't t listen to it. I tolerated Seth's voice because the rest was so good and his part wasn't too big. Had Seth had a larger role in the book I couldn't have been able to listen and would have returned it. I'm concerned that the next book in the series may have similar issues. Please, narrator, you do a fine job, a great job yet the older men is just too much pretend and incredibly irritating, read the book, just know that Seth's part isn't too big so you can get through the story even though you may not be able to stand his voice.
Billie over all, and later on Maggie.
I'm planning to get the entire series, which is a nice surprise for me. My only concern is the possibility of some of the characters voices being simply too much. I really hope not because this was a great listen and not a book I normally would have chosen.
The love and joy along with the sorrow of the True meaning of FAMILY.
When the car blew up in the gargage. To show the unbeleivable belief of greed and anger.
Could not tell the it was only one person reading aloud. This was one talented person and not half a dozen readers. She did a wonderful job and I was right there listening to all of it, SPELLBOUND.
Yes, when Moss passed away. I couldn't stop crying.
In all the short years that I have been with Audible I have never been so drawn to any story as I was to this one. I was so ingrossed in this story that I cried, laughed ad wanted it to never end. Texas Rich was- is a wonderful story. The very BEST that I have ever heard.
"I can see a film coming"
This book is simply superb from start to finish. I have been up half the night listening to this book simply because I didn't want it to finish.
This would make a SUPERB film, I wonder if anyone has thought of it yet?
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