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
If you enjoy long narratives without much dialogue then you will like this book. The McCullough family seemed to suffer from depression and deep seated narcissism. I appreciate the research that went into this book. However, it was way too long. Two characters were given first person narrative and one third person. Then towards the end a fourth character was introduced. Fascinating history and that is how it read. Like a history book.
Great story and Will Patton makes it so much better
Lots of history...
Oh yes, I listen to almost all of Will Patton's books..
The Son fits perfect
This was an engrossing story and I learned a ton about Indian life and Texas history without feeling like I was learning. He is a beautiful writer and this book is truly art.
After seeing this book picked so many times by Audible editors as a book of the month and year, I finally gave up and listened to it. What a waste of 18 hours. The story is about 3 people that never meet and you never really know what they have to do with each other. The story of each character is boring and the narrators border on grating on your nerves, especially the 2nd guy. The woman's voice sounds awful, and her reading is even worse. The 2nd guy sounds like he has throat problems. Just awful. But no matter how good they were, they wouldn't have been able to save such a terrible book. Especially the ending. Don't waste your time or money on this one.
I quit listening to it three times and then picked it again and again. As I said in the title, it was laborious. Time well spent? I guess the answer is no.
It ended as it should.
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.
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