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The Bastard Audiobook

The Bastard: The Kent Family Chronicles, Book 1

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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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    Lynn Iqaluit, NU, Canada 11-16-13
    Lynn Iqaluit, NU, Canada 11-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not very well written"

    I thought the narration was fine. I enjoyed the story from the perspective that I learned about American history. However, writing is an art and John Jakes is not a gifted writer. I was hoping for a book of equivalent caliber to the Outlander Series - which is outstanding. I think I will keep looking, and not bother with the rest of this series. The author's writing is cliched and too colloquial, written 40 years ago , but not in a style appropriate to the period being depicted in the story. I am glad I gave it a go but will not continue.

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    donna 09-01-16
    donna 09-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "So interesting"

    Jake's is an amazing story teller. He keeps you wanting more more of the story.

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    Karen Winnipeg 07-02-16
    Karen Winnipeg 07-02-16 Member Since 2009
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    "great read! I'm looking forward to the series"

    well read and well narrated. great historical accounts told while following the life of a single man.

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    Amazon Customer Sidney, BC, CA 06-08-16
    Amazon Customer Sidney, BC, CA 06-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    keeps you into the story from beginning to end. well read with good voice. moving on to the next book in the series

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    David William Seward 03-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Looking forward to this series."

    I was a big fan of the North and South series by John Jakes and I enjoyed this book just as much. The characters and stories are well developed and the narrator gave an excellent performance.

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    Leah A. Hartmann Left Coast USA 03-12-16
    Leah A. Hartmann Left Coast USA 03-12-16 Member Since 2015

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    "A man's novel"

    When men write about history it's full of action, adventure and willing women who don't get pregnant until it's convenient for the guy. Being a woman in my 40's, I didn't love this book, but I do like history, so I hung in there and I didn't hate it, but I won't be listening to the rest of the series, I'm sure it's full of the stuff.

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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 03-02-16
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 03-02-16 Member Since 2001
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    "The Bastard"
    Any additional comments?

    These comments address The Kent Family Chronicles, the entire series of eight books, in audiobook format. All books are narrated by Marc Vietor. The entire series is approximately 125 hours of listening. Shortest book is 15.5 hours, longest over 26 hours. Vietor does a good job with narration, although the uniqueness of male voices is problematic. Most significant, you’ll have little difficulty determining who-says-what-to-who. Tempo and pacing fine, albeit the narration is a bit slow for my taste, bumped it to 1.25.

    The entire series is a broad spectrum history of the United States from just pre-Revolutionary War through the 1890s and a chronicle of the Kent family through this time. Beginning with Phillip through the generations to the children of Gideon, a great-great-grandson. Members of the clan fight in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, are at the Alamo, the California Gold Rush, the Great Chicago Fire, the Johnstown Flood, and much more. The author skillfully intersperses vignettes of imagined and factual history. For example, two of the fictional characters of the series are sheltered for a few days at the home of the Lincolns in rural Kentucky - a baby is part of the family, young Abraham. One of the fictional characters is counseled by Benjamin Franklin. Fiction, Phillip’s childhood friend is Marquis deLafayette, non-fiction: deLafayette’s role in United States and French military. The series is rife with this type of paradigm, but it is not difficult to determine what is true and what is fiction. All the instances that involve the Kents and John Jake’s other fictional characters are products of his imagination. Much of the rest is a fun methodology of conveying historical events.

    The stories are very listenable. I found no need to re-wind or fast-forward; no segment boring or irrelevant. Theses books are not ‘love stories’ in the typical sense, albeit familial relationships, the crux of The Kent Family Chronicles, must include love stories, n'est-ce pas? In those areas where a sexual encounter is defined it is relevant to the plot and tastefully written. This does not occur often, but the clan does proliferate :-). A word to the prudish: there are a couple of rapes vividly described.

    Very typical of the time written, the 1970s, writing is a bit verbose. Several of these books were adapted for television mini-series, popular at the time.

    John Jakes is a terrific historical fiction author, recommended. Enjoy!

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    Dawn 02-29-16
    Dawn 02-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome book!"

    I love this author. I have read most of his books and just started listening to them.

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    It started out a bit slow and sometimes the author was a bit to detailed on parts I considered boring but as the book went on the character matured. The author did well showing the immature decisions of the young and how they learn as time goes on. The history and fiction combine to make an excellent book

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    Kam 12-08-15
    Kam 12-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "John Jakes at His Best!"

    This novel is fun, exciting, and perfect for those who love historical fiction. It has it all, danger, suspense, and romance. This is a must read for John Jakes fans and those new to the genre. Hats off to the audio production team and narrator. Great job!

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