Audie Award Finalist, Literary Fiction, 2014
Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim.
Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is. But when disease, starvation, and overwhelming numbers of armed Americans decimate the tribe, Eli finds himself alone. Neither white nor Indian, civilized nor fully wild, he must carve a place for himself in a world in which he does not fully belong - a journey of adventure, tragedy, hardship, grit, and luck that reverberates in the lives of his progeny.
©2013 Philipp Meyer (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
Yes. I love listening to Will Patton. I search for his books. The other narrators of this book were excellent as well. There are some accents of narrators that I can't tolerate. These all were soothing to me and suited me just fine.
I loved it all. I love the way this book is written. The author is amazing and I will look for other works by him. I loved hearing about the indians and their way of life.
Eli was my favorite. I just love Will Patton's voice. He makes his characters come alive. He narrates at a good speed for me. Not too slow and not too fast. He is not just reading. He is in character,.
There were many moments in this book that were moving.
I recommend this book highly.
i was a little lost at first, but when i understood who was who i found myself thinking about it during the day and anticipating getting back to it! i love how everything came full circle!
The best part was the sincere & genuine research & history of Texas. This historical fiction was certainly worth wading through the borderline gloomy tone & emotions this story conjured. I totally enjoyed it, but I am melancholy over both the tones of the narrator's (dead on) voices and the story line. It's a heart 'drooping' . . . saga.
Learning so much about the early history of Texas.
I would like a geneology of this family - the way the story was told it was to hard follow the family tree . . .
The performance was superb! The story is very powerful in its scope and impact. However, at times I was puzzled about how the narrative moved the story forward as it jumped from character to character. I assume the written book has a family tree as a reference. Despite my occasional difficulty following the story, it came together well at the end.
The story of this book is very intriguing and exciting. If you enjoy reading about Indian captives, ranching and the early 1900's this is a good one. Full of violence and darkness but also thoughts on life as seen through the three main characters. The narrators were awesome throughout this book and really made it exciting to listen to and not boring as many narrators can be.
My grandfather was a cowboy on a huge ranch north of Abilene, Texas, in the 1890's, a cattle trader in central Texas, and a law officer on the Texas/Mexico border. This book has the sound and feeling of his stories, told and retold to his children and grandchildren. The author's skill at bringing these stories alive is admirable, to say the least. The readers were great, too.
Brutal, full of history, family, power and intrigue....it kept me wondering what would happen next pretty much throughout the whole book.
I loved the different voices...it helped me create a better picture of each of the main characters from their voice.
I wasn't a big fan of the detailed sex. I got the idea way before the scene was over and wish there had been a heavier editing hand on those passages.
I love a good story. Audible allows me to be outside, hiking and walking and keeping up on great literature.
Yet, so much more. If you like epic stories that weave different plot lines together, this is it. A little slow in the middle, but continuously compelling, with well-developed personalities. The writing was strong, not at all showy and contrived. A masterful ending.
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