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A groundbreaking narrative - a historical political thriller - that explores the role of the Sons of Liberty in the American Revolution.

More than 200 years ago, a group of British colonists in America decided that the conditions under which they were governed had become intolerable. Angry and frustrated that King George III and the British Parliament had ignored their lawful complaints and petitions, they decided to take action.

Knowing that their deeds - often directed at individuals and property - were illegal, and punishable by imprisonment and even death, these agitators plotted and conducted their missions in secret to protect their identities as well as the identities of those who supported them. Calling themselves the Sons of Liberty, they gathered together in a radical society committed to imposing forcible change. Those determined men - including second cousins Samuel and John Adams, Paul Revere, Patrick Henry, and John Hancock - saw themselves as patriots. Yet to the Crown, and to many of the Sons' fellow colonists, the revolutionaries were terrorists who deserved death for their treason.

In this gripping narrative, Les Standiford reveals how this group of intelligent, committed men, motivated by economics and political belief, began a careful campaign of interlocking events that would channel feelings of vague injustice into an armed rebellion of common cause, which would defeat an empire and give birth to a radical political experiment - a new nation known as the United States.

©2012 Les Standiford (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 02-21-13

Sons of Liberty

This story is well known by most school children so what else can be said about? Les Standiford read reports by current historians as well as those of prior generation and put a bit of a different twist to the events. He covered Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Hancock and John Otis in detail and followed their role leading up to open rebellion. The author also provided the British view point of events. Standiford tried to be neutral in presenting the story. He covered the Townsend act in great detail and its effects in the colonies including the Boston Tea Party. His underlying premise was that it was economic motivation that was the primary factor pushing these men and they used the feelings of injustice to propel their goals. The author spent more time discussing Samuel Adams than any one else but apparently he was a key factor with his writings about Boston the united everyone. Over all the book is interesting and it is good to review our beginnings. Robert Fass did a good job narrating the book. The book also contains a few pearls of information that are most interesting.

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Great story

I liked the way the authoress able to give modern examples to give the reader an idea of what it was like during that time.

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Breathless!

The narrator takes deep, audble breaths every few sentences, and I found the cumulative effect very distracting -- to the point that I couldn't concentrate on the material, and ended up returning the book after just about an hour or so (this is the first book I have returned in over 50 Audible selections). I don't know exactly what the problem was with this recording, since I have listened to several other books narrated by Robert Fass with no similar issue.. And I was really looking forward to the content of this book, so that's not a factor, either. I encourage you to listen carefully to the preview of this book, with the volume at your normal level in your normal listening environment (something I, unfortunately, did not do before purchasing). If you don't hear what I'm complaining about, or it doesn't bother you -- well, then it won't be a problem. (A word about the low "overall" and "story" ratings I have assigned: I didn't listen to enough of the book to form a true basis for judgment in those areas, but Audible requires a rating before it will let you move on.)

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Dude, breathe through your nose!

This recording is unbelievably bad. The story is pretty good, but the actual reading is the worst I have ever heard because, Royster in LA is correct, Robert Fass keeps taking sharp breaths that make it sound like he's gasping for air.

All in all, I'd bet it's not his fault, because if it was, Audible would have been all over him to redo such a crappy job. So it just about has to be something that happened downstream from him. At least, that's what I hope.

Other than that, the book is fascinating history, really connecting the dots between individual happenings while also laying out some information that is entirely new. The lone exception is his potshot at the Tea Party movement in the end. Yes, one should always strive to make a good first impression, but making a good last impression isn't a bad idea either. Too bad he didn't do so.