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The Bastard: The Kent Family Chronicles, Book 1 | [John Jakes]

The Bastard: The Kent Family Chronicles, Book 1

Set against the colorful tumult of events that gave rise to our fledgling nation, this novel of romance and adventure introduces Phillipe Charboneau. The illegitimate son of an English nobleman, Phillipe flees Europe and, as Philip Kent, joins the men who set our course for freedom. The Bastard is the first volume in the Kent Family Chronicles, a series of novels that details one family's journey in the early years of the American nation.
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Publisher's Summary

Set against the colorful tumult of events that gave rise to our fledgling nation, this novel of romance and adventure introduces Phillipe Charboneau.

The illegitimate son of an English nobleman, Phillipe flees Europe and, as Philip Kent, joins the men who set our course for freedom.

The Bastard is the first volume in the Kent Family Chronicles, a series of novels that details one family's journey in the early years of the American nation.

©1974 John Jakes (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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    DAVE CO, United States 03-02-14
    DAVE CO, United States 03-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining story but too coincidental."

    Jakes did a good job of making the main characters in this story enjoyable and memorable. Character development was good and I think Jakes excels at it. I would really like to meet these characters again in the next story. But I have not bought another as of yet. What keeps me from listening to another one of these is the line of events. The story line is too coincidental. Our hero and antagonist seemed forced into meeting again. The events are too contrived and unnatural. Never the less, I did give it a 4 and I enjoyed it. I was even a little moved by the romance in the story. Something that I usually don't get caught up in. As for narration, I thought it was good and characters were very distinguishable. This listen was not a waste of time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Touchet, WA, United States 02-09-14
    Donna Touchet, WA, United States 02-09-14 Member Since 2005
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    "waste of time"
    What disappointed you about The Bastard?

    The story was hokey and unrealistic. The entire story could have been said in less than half the words.


    What was most disappointing about John Jakes’s story?

    The protagonist was an idiot that walked into so many ridiculously silly unthinkable situations it was laughable


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader did a reasonable job and I would chose him as a reader again.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jimmie MILLSBORO, DE, United States 01-10-14
    Jimmie MILLSBORO, DE, United States 01-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great start to a series"

    great story with plenty of action. The book kept me listening. l can't wait to download the 2nd
    book in the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gillie 12-26-13
    Gillie 12-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Sadly, I couldnt get in to this book"
    Would you ever listen to anything by John Jakes again?

    Not sure


    Any additional comments?

    I was looking forward to reading this series but just couldnt get into the first book so I wont be buying any more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Laurel, United States Minor Outlying Islands 11-18-13
    Susan Laurel, United States Minor Outlying Islands 11-18-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Ridiculously bad"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is so badly written I stopped after the first couple of chapters. It is also read with a melodramatic tone, perhaps in keeping with the bad writing.


    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    julie mobile, AL, United States 11-14-13
    julie mobile, AL, United States 11-14-13 Member Since 2012

    Just a simple girl living the simple life. Nothing is complicated when the power of imagination leads the way. Close your eyes & just listen

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    "So disappointed at story AND narration"
    Any additional comments?

    I was so excited to download this series and kept it in my wish list until it was released. Although this was to be my first John Jakes experience I was convinced it was worth the wait, especially after reading reviews from his other series and then even after listening to the trial narration. Perhaps a better narrator would've helped but even putting that aside, the story just didn't grab me. I gave it several chapters and became so bored I couldn't go on. Too simplistic. I realize in a long series it takes time to set up the history of characters and events, but it should also grab and hold your attention while doing so. It will be interesting to wait and read other reviews. Meanwhile...... On to something else!

    8 of 16 people found this review helpful
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