The end of the colonies' fight for independence ushers in a fresh and even more glorious struggle to build the new nation. It is an epoch ripe with the energy of a country in its springtime. Two young heirs to a family dynasty turn their eyes west - the frontier beckons.
It took a special breed to give up the comfortable life along our eastern seaboard. Who knew what lay beyond? But when Abraham Kent fell in love with his beautiful stepsister, he knew that leaving was the only course open to him.
The Seekers is the third in the Kent Family Chronicles following The Bastard and The Rebels.
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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!
wasn't a particularly grabby story line. if u like his books it's tolerable , I listen to many books twice or more over time,this won't be among those.
It has been a great story with its tragic moments until the end of this book where it became a bit too graphic for my tastes. It made me feel better with the preview of the next book however to know the character survived.
Every character is sexually menaced or actually sexually assaulted molested or raped. 2/3rds of the book is about rape incest or murder. Every John Jakes villain is the same.
Waaaay too much time in this book is dedicated to describing a ten year old's tits. This is garbage.
I enjoy historical fiction- I just get very tired of the incessant references to sexual deviancy- While every protagonist is a customer of the oldest profession- they are aghast that his/wife/mother sister might be raped or forced into the profession-
John Jakes is a master at telling the historical fiction tale- but he seems to fixate on sexual deviancy and the details of each depressing episode get old and -to my mind- unnecessary to the story lines- That and the continuous writing about the abuses of alcohol- make me feel that he could do so much better- There were people of character and not all were alcoholics in our nations development and maturation.-
People who have fallen into these oldest of traps might feel like these books are quality entertainment- I remain hopeful that the author will find something beautiful to include and protagonist that one can relate to and look up to. Maybe in book four...
Yes- I do like the genre and the research that John Jakes - puts into his work- I just keep hoping that he might mature out of the need to write dark porn- and quit making all of of his main characters alcoholics
I find them all to be lacking in moral fiber and there are no happy endings-
I would cut the explicit details of the rape scenes and the sexual arousal details- it seems like it is just for the authors need to delve into darkness.
I realize that these are older novels just brought to the audible stage- but maybe they should have some sort of warning that the content is sexually explicit and borders on dark porn.-
It is too bad that the HF genre's major contributor is so fixated on dark and depressing details.-
"History made even more interesting"
I Couldn't stop listening to this epic novel, which is American history undercover of a fictional family saga. Looking to the next thrilling episode. John Jakes master story teller.
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