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The Bastard Audiobook

The Bastard: The Kent Family Chronicles, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Set against the colorful tumult of events that gave rise to our fledgling nation, this novel of romance and adventure introduces Phillipe Charboneau.

The illegitimate son of an English nobleman, Phillipe flees Europe and, as Philip Kent, joins the men who set our course for freedom.

The Bastard is the first volume in the Kent Family Chronicles, a series of novels that details one family's journey in the early years of the American nation.

©1974 John Jakes (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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    Jennifer Sanger California 06-04-14
    Jennifer Sanger California 06-04-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Middle School Lecture"
    Would you try another book from John Jakes and/or Marc Vietor?

    I really enjoyed the North/South trilogy so was pleased to find so many books in this series. My pleasure was short lived. The dialogue feels more like a middle school history/political lecture. The plot is slow and contrived. The characters are so flawed and one dimensional that I can neither empathize with them nor care what happens to them. It's clumsy and disappointing. I really wanted to like it and enjoy a nice long series.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Jakes again?

    Not based on this book. Based on North/South, I might try something else.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His accents are atrocious. He should not attempt British or French accents. I can't say whether his colonial Boston accent is accurate, but it isn't a contemporary New England accent so who knows what he's doing there. Otherwise, it's adequate.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Iqaluit, NU, Canada 11-16-13
    Lynn Iqaluit, NU, Canada 11-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not very well written"

    I thought the narration was fine. I enjoyed the story from the perspective that I learned about American history. However, writing is an art and John Jakes is not a gifted writer. I was hoping for a book of equivalent caliber to the Outlander Series - which is outstanding. I think I will keep looking, and not bother with the rest of this series. The author's writing is cliched and too colloquial, written 40 years ago , but not in a style appropriate to the period being depicted in the story. I am glad I gave it a go but will not continue.

    15 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    icanoewenonah Ely, MN 08-05-17
    icanoewenonah Ely, MN 08-05-17

    Not to commercialize, but just to let you know I'm one of those "outfitter types"!

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    "loved it."

    read this over thirty years ago and loved the audio version. narrator was very good.

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    Michael 07-21-17
    Michael 07-21-17
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    "The first historical fiction I ever read"
    If you could sum up The Bastard in three words, what would they be?

    Great historical fiction


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Philippe Charbeneau and his mother Marie for their individual compelling heroism in the face of incredible odds. A true David and Goliath story wrapped up in the epic drama of the early American experience. John Jakes is truly a master of this genre.


    What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

    I think he did a nice job portraying the characters. He was in the background allowing each of the characters their own personality ... well done.


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

    The fight between Philippe and his brother.


    Any additional comments?

    very well done audiobook ... five stars

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tt62 05-13-17
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    "underwhelming"

    The narrator was decent but, even though I usually love historical fiction, just couldn't hey into this story

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    Jeanne 03-07-17
    Jeanne 03-07-17 Member Since 2004
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    "Drivel"

    I couldn't get thru 20 minutes. Meandering plotless and implausible. I'd like my credit back.

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    Coralie Crumrine Casper, WY USA 12-09-16
    Coralie Crumrine Casper, WY USA 12-09-16
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    "Phillipe Kent Book 1"
    If you could sum up The Bastard in three words, what would they be?

    BOOK: (Amazon Summary) Meet Phillipe Charboneau: the illegitimate son and unrecognized heir of the Duke of Kentland. Upon the Duke’s death, Phillipe is denied his birthright and left to build a life of his own. Seeking all that the New World promises, he leaves London for America, shedding his past and preparing for the future by changing his name to Philip Kent. He arrives at the brink of the American Revolution, which tests his allegiances in ways he never imagined.<br/><br/>NARRATION: Marc Vietor narrates the entire series which is a plus. I like the consistency of hearing the same voice throughout the story line. The voices are well done, female and male are easily distinguishable.


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    donna 09-01-16
    donna 09-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "So interesting"

    Jake's is an amazing story teller. He keeps you wanting more more of the story.

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    Karen Winnipeg 07-02-16
    Karen Winnipeg 07-02-16 Member Since 2009
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    "great read! I'm looking forward to the series"

    well read and well narrated. great historical accounts told while following the life of a single man.

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    Amazon Customer Sidney, BC, CA 06-08-16
    Amazon Customer Sidney, BC, CA 06-08-16
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    "excellent read"

    keeps you into the story from beginning to end. well read with good voice. moving on to the next book in the series

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