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 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.
I can't remember what I was thinking when I chose this book, it is not a genre I would normally choose.
I found it a bit slow but I am not sorry I bought it.
I had sworn off audible books after a number that under-delivered (I continued to use my subscription but only for newspapers and magazines). This book has turned me around, and I'd love to read more like it.
There are plenty of well-written reviews online from various newspapers; I can't improve upon them and won't give anything away (some of them give away too much). Suffice it to say that the author has worked hard to shape this into a fascinating, historically significant, and compelling story about Texas and the settling of the American West--and his work has paid off. The narration is spot-on too; each narrator seems perfectly chosen for the character they play. And there is plenty to contemplate once you've read the last page, about certain not-fully answered questions and why it's best they were left that way, about who if anyone was right and who if anyone was fully wrong, and about what this family's story tells us about ourselves and our nation. It will certainly leave you wanting more.
This was a great book. Rivals epic novels like lonesome dove in its details and characters. I recommend it to anyone.
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