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
The gorgeous voices and complex story and also a hidden history that I found fascinating.
Eli due to his amazing journey, but his son Pete is a close 2nd.
nope, but will in the future
A Story as Big as Texas
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.
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.
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.
NO! I gave him a second chance and it was a waste of my money.
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.
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.
I loved the different narrators, it was so refreshing. To date, I have not enjoyed any other audible book as much as this one.
The story contained every element I love in a book, a l or of history, a little dysfunction and a good amount of intrigue.
I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.
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
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.
All three were very good, probably great
Family is who you love and who you despise
I'd you are a lover of the Lonesome Dove Books I believe you will be very happy with 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!
If I knew it was out of sequence I would not buy it!
Performance was good.
I like books that get the reader or listener involved. This is one of those I can just throw aside without finishing.
This book made me work to figure it out! I really enjoyed this book, but was often disturbed by the way the characters behaved.
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.
I'll listen to anything read by Will Patton. I discovered this book simply because I enjoy him as a narrator.
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