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.
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.
The story was hokey and unrealistic. The entire story could have been said in less than half the words.
The protagonist was an idiot that walked into so many ridiculously silly unthinkable situations it was laughable
The reader did a reasonable job and I would chose him as a reader again.
great story with plenty of action. The book kept me listening. l can't wait to download the 2nd
book in the series
I was looking forward to reading this series but just couldnt get into the first book so I wont be buying any 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.
Just a simple girl living the simple life. Nothing is complicated when the power of imagination leads the way. Close your eyes & just listen
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!
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