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The Rebels Audiobook

The Rebels: The Kent Family Chronicles, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

A patriot soldier in the ragtag Continental army, Philip Kent defies the rule of the British crown, fighting for the future of his adopted American homeland and the future of his wife and newborn son. And when Philip's heroism draws the attention of General George Washington, he is sent on an overwhelmingly risky mission vital to the success of the Revolution. But no sacrifice is too great for freedom.

©1975 John Jakes (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    krawle Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 05-07-14
    krawle Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 05-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A little disappointing"
    What did you like best about The Rebels? What did you like least?

    A riveting piece of historical literature.
    A story about a useless, good for nothing drunk, which drove me nuts.
    Anne's story shocked me and made me sad.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Talk more about the historical significance of the war and how it affected society as a whole instead of just a few people.


    Have you listened to any of Marc Vietor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The same high performance as the last time I listened to him.


    Do you think The Rebels needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No I think author struggled with the material as it is.


    Any additional comments?

    About 65% of the book focussed on the daily nightmare that was life of a common drunk and how he tortured himself and the people around him, I got really fed up with the whole thing- I hope the next book is better.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David Peacham 05-18-15
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    "Regret and hopelessness"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The series is largely dark, with disappointment, failure and character weaknesses. The series is not uplifting and the many that enter the timeline breed hopelessness. The worst tragedies possible happen on a frequent scale that leaves one frustrated. When the listener just starts so admire a character, the story line trashes them into bleak shamefulness.


    Has The Rebels turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The historical context is good.


    What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

    Very good.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not much.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Randi New York, NY, United States 02-01-14
    Randi New York, NY, United States 02-01-14
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    "Compelled to express strong contrary opinion!"
    What disappointed you about The Rebels?

    I've never submitted a review before - I admit that I'm a bit selfish in that I like to read them, but don't take the time to share with others. But I just had to take the time after listening to The Rebels. I loved John Jakes' North and South trilogy. And I had been so disappointed when I couldn't find more John Jakes on Audible, that I sent a request for Audible to sell the other John Jakes books (many of which were a part of long series -wonderful when you find an author whose books captivate you the way North and South captivated me). Then it was time to move on.

    I found some other terrific historical fiction authors and books. Then, as I was exploring the genre for my next listen and John Jakes' Kent Chronicles popped up as a recommendation for me, I couldn't wait to start Book 1! Unfortunately, I found I wasn't as intrigued as I'd hoped to be. Even so, I convinced myself to try again with Book 2... Maybe my anticipations had set my expectations too high? But with only 45 minutes to go, it's become painfully obvious that my opinion is not going to change.

    So now I'm back on Audible looking for my next book. And again, the Kent Chronicles pop up as a recommendation for me. I was so surprised when I noticed the high average customer review ratings for Book 2, that I just had to read the comments. Now I'm wondering, did I just listen to the same book as everyone else? And if so, was I in some sort of weird trance when I did? My opinion seems so out of whack with everybody else's that I'm even thinking about giving Book 3 a try simply to test my sanity.

    For now though, I'm going to simply recommend to those considering this book to explore other options in the genre (e.g. Courtenay, recent Archer and Follett, Rutherford, for starters), while I go back to searching for my own next listen!


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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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    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeri Brower Blair, NE, US 10-15-15
    Jeri Brower Blair, NE, US 10-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "great saga"

    I loved the series when I read them before and love this series now, my only complaint is that it is over too soon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 01-15-15
    Catherine 01-15-15
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    "Amazing"

    This book really puts you into the time. Amazing prose brings the history to life. I am so glad this series was suggested to me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JoAyn Maplewood, MN, United States 10-29-14
    JoAyn Maplewood, MN, United States 10-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Two down... Big A series but great."

    I like the way this book picks up right away where the last book left off but the preliminary info got a bit windy. Overall just a great series with a lot the the historical fiction person. Performance is good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Ozark, AL, United States 07-06-14
    Tim Ozark, AL, United States 07-06-14 Member Since 2015

    Happily married father of 4 with 3 of the meanest Grandchildren in the US :) I am a paving Forman for a large construction company Alabama.

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    "Don't waste your time."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Really don't know.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Jakes again?

    Yes


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Had no problem with the Narration.


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

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't know why he added some of the characters just to treat them the way he did.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Regina 06-11-14
    Regina 06-11-14 Member Since 2011
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    "This is the same book as book one "The Bastard"."
    Would you try another book from John Jakes and/or Marc Vietor?

    I really enjoyed "The Bastard" Well written and well Performed. I did not know "The Rebels" was a repeat of the first book minus the European section.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Jakes again?

    Yes, and I will get "The Seekers" next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Harry 11-26-13
    Harry 11-26-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Even worse than the first in series."
    Would you try another book from John Jakes and/or Marc Vietor?

    I'm not sure why I continue to listen. The characters are simple and boring. The plot is going nowhere and the characters play no important part in history like great historical fiction by those like O'Brien.

    The heroes are no heroes and take way to long to do anything.

    I also don't really like the narrator. He reads everything with suspense.


    Has The Rebels turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'm going to be more careful in my selection historical fiction by an author others praise.


    What character would you cut from The Rebels?

    Judson


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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