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The Son | [Philipp Meyer]

The Son

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Kady Sisters, OR United States 06-05-14
    Kady Sisters, OR United States 06-05-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Listen to this!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Son the most enjoyable?

    The gorgeous voices and complex story and also a hidden history that I found fascinating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eli due to his amazing journey, but his son Pete is a close 2nd.


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

    nope, but will in the future


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A Story as Big as Texas


    Any additional comments?

    Following the timeline can be a bit confusing and I had to listen to the end a couple of times to make sure I understood it.

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    Laura Markham, ON, Canada 05-22-14
    Laura Markham, ON, Canada 05-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Disppointing"

    There are 3 stories. The writer jumps between them, but only one is interesting. During the other two stories I was bored and couldn't wait for them to end so I could get back to the exciting one. Returning it.

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    Mary Ann Wandell 05-21-14
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    What would have made The Son better?

    The author had his own ax to grind. It showed in both books. He will excuse murder commited by the so called working class. The author has no moral compass.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Philipp Meyer again?

    NO! I gave him a second chance and it was a waste of my money.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    moe CT 05-19-14
    moe CT 05-19-14

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    "Decent historical fiction"

    This was a decent read and nothing more IMHO. It tells the story of several generations of a family in Texas and Mexico. I thought the historical context was pretty interesting. I think I understand more about the culture in Texas and the role of the oil industry.

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    Sean Tingley 05-11-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Bore and Gore"
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    I love history and thought I was going to get a history of Texas... what I got was rape, murder, torture and confusing story lines... I could stomach only about 2 hours of this gore and bore. I haven't finished every book I've gotten but usually it's towards the end and its because it gets too tedious, I quit this one early and didn't go back.

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    ellen 04-26-14
    ellen 04-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "This book got me hooked on audible books"
    What did you love best about The Son?

    I loved the different narrators, it was so refreshing. To date, I have not enjoyed any other audible book as much as this one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story contained every element I love in a book, a l or of history, a little dysfunction and a good amount of intrigue.


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    KEITH Canyon Country, CA, United States 03-30-14
    KEITH Canyon Country, CA, United States 03-30-14 Member Since 2010

    I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.

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    "Not since lonesome dove have I been so captivated"
    What made the experience of listening to The Son the most enjoyable?

    I loved the development of the three main characters. The readers were also excellent.
    The emotional conflict each character has with his/her family and the time in which they live


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eli is so interesting. In some ways he is such a cowboy with an individual code of honor that the reader may not agree with. At one point he remembers seeing a 9 year old American Indian and says he is worth 1,000 men of his current time.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    All three were very good, probably great


    If you could rename The Son, what would you call it?

    Family is who you love and who you despise


    Any additional comments?

    I'd you are a lover of the Lonesome Dove Books I believe you will be very happy with this book

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    Lori 03-20-14
    Lori 03-20-14
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    "I ate this one up."
    What made the experience of listening to The Son the most enjoyable?

    From the first sentences I was hooked and found myself craving the next opportunity to listen. Recommended.


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    John Trinidad, CO, USA 03-13-14
    John Trinidad, CO, USA 03-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Hard to get into"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It would be far better if written in historical order. It jumps back and forth, and about 1/3 through the book I still am confused about what is going on!


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

    If I knew it was out of sequence I would not buy it!


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Performance was good.


    Was The Son worth the listening time?

    Not really!


    Any additional comments?

    I like books that get the reader or listener involved. This is one of those I can just throw aside without finishing.

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    Stephanie Lino Lakes, MN, United States 03-10-14
    Stephanie Lino Lakes, MN, United States 03-10-14
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    "Will Patton can do no wrong"
    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    This book made me work to figure it out! I really enjoyed this book, but was often disturbed by the way the characters behaved.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There was a really funny line about the Texans who were headed West instead of staying to fight in the Civil War. The narrator comments that this is still what is wrong with California today.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll listen to anything read by Will Patton. I discovered this book simply because I enjoy him as a narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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