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
great narration, epic passionate historical fiction of Texas old and new. well worth a credit. I loved it. "unputdownable".
The narrators were great. The story was good. I managed to be interested enough to finish listening to this relatively long book, which earns 3 stars from me. If I could give it 3.5 I would - probably would rate it higher if I was more interested in the Wild West as a setting.
this is a work of genius. It addresses large issues with multiple voices over generations- family , relationships -between men and women ,men and men , fathers ,sons , wives and daughters , perspective of time and change and old age, vengeance , history both personal and national.
The gritty and realistic story of the old southwest.
The detail and intelligence of the writing is remarkable.
this is reminiscent of and certainly equal or superior to McMurtry lonesome dove series.
I have listened to it twice and enjoyed it enormously both times.
The narrator was great too, but the recording was horrible. It had an echoing reverberating sound for the entire recording. Extremely annoying audible experience.
Texas is a vast wild beautiful landscape, the courageous settlers and the brave Rangers who protected them are the foundation of the Republic and Meyers captures the myth and the legend in a haunting story. Will Patton is excellent.
The themes of sex, greed and power, expertly told.
Learning to live like Indians.
When he finally gets away from "women's work" and has the kids teach him hunting.
I wouldn't take any of them out to dinner. They are all way too larger than life to take to dinner.
This was one of the most realistic stories of the ol' West. Super!
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