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The Son Audiobook

The Son

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Literary Fiction, 2014

Soon to be a TV Series on AMC starring Pierce Brosnan and co-written by Philipp Meyer.

The critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling epic, a saga of land, blood, and power that follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the oil booms of the 20th century.

Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching examination of the bloody price of power, The Son is a gripping and utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American west with rare emotional acuity, even as it presents an intimate portrait of one family across two centuries.

Eli McCullough is just twelve-years-old when a marauding band of Comanche storm his Texas homestead and brutally murder his mother and sister, taking him as a captive. Despite their torture and cruelty, Eli—against all odds—adapts to life with the Comanche, learning their ways, their language, taking on a new name, finding a place as the adopted son of the chief of the band, and fighting their wars against not only other Indians, but white men, too-complicating his sense of loyalty, his promised vengeance, and his very understanding of self. But when disease, starvation, and westward expansion finally decimate the Comanche, Eli is left alone in a world in which he belongs nowhere, neither white nor Indian, civilized or fully wild.

Deftly interweaving Eli's story with those of his son, Peter, and his great-granddaughter, JA, The Son deftly explores the legacy of Eli's ruthlessness, his drive to power, and his life-long status as an outsider, even as the McCullough family rises to become one of the richest in Texas, a ranching-and-oil dynasty of unsurpassed wealth and privilege.

Harrowing, panoramic, and deeply evocative, The Son is a fully realized masterwork in the greatest tradition of the American canon-an unforgettable novel that combines the narrative prowess of Larry McMurtry with the knife edge sharpness of Cormac McCarthy.

©2013 Philipp Meyer (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Stephen NAPLES, FL, United States 04-17-17
    Stephen NAPLES, FL, United States 04-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Confusing Plot and Characters"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Oh, yeah. Mainly, dump Kate Mulgrew as reader. No, I do not mean 'narrator', I mean 'reader'... Kate Mulgrew is a no-talent hack. At least she has no talent for this sort of thing. All her characters have the same "voice", male AND female. Someone once said that the secret to acting is not letting anyone catch you at it. I caught Ms Mulgrew. She stinks. And it ruined the book for me. On the OTHER hand, Will Patton was excellent, as usual. He gives each character distinct voices, and really pulls you in to the story. The other two guys were competent as well, and they were the reason for three stars.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was a HUGE let-down. Just that. The whole story was disjointed, perhaps due to the horrid reading of Kate Mulgrew. Thus it didn't compel one to really care about the characters. I failed to grasp how Eli's experiences informed his family's actions. It was, essentially, four different, unrelated stories.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Hardly. There was really no pace.


    Was The Son worth the listening time?

    Not in the least.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the whole thing, so I will not request a refund. That said, I wish I had followed my initial instinct, and returned it for a refund after I got a dose of Kate Mulgrew's insipid reading. I won't be watching the AMC series.

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    Ross Shurtliff 04-14-17 Member Since 2014
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    "awesome book going to be a great series"

    will that make you feel like you're there with Eli going to be a great series can't wait to watch it

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    John 03-31-17
    John 03-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    Use of the "F" word was unnecessary and in poor taste as was the descriptive sex and sex acts.

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    Ardith Columbia, MO, United States 03-27-17
    Ardith Columbia, MO, United States 03-27-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Bit me in the heart❣️"

    Philip Meyer respectfully addresses the "other side" of our Texas heroes without losing their larger-than-life personas. I was completely enthralled for 3 days, but now left pondering my responsibility to "do something".
    Without spelling it out, this tale implies that knowledge = responsibility.
    Epic!

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    Elizabeth Alexander 11-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved the voices reading this book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Son to be better than the print version?

    The first few chapters where a little hard to follow, but once I got into it I couldn't stop listening. Great southern accents.


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    rhys jones 09-18-16
    rhys jones 09-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "was a great read"

    Quite a great read there were times I couldn't stop listening. I really enjoyed the story of all the generations

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    Lowrey's 09-12-16
    Lowrey's 09-12-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Wonderful!"

    While I was born and raised in Texas, this book was enlightening regarding its earlier history... excellent story and history lesson!

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    Thomas 08-25-16
    Thomas 08-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "don't mess with A Comanche Indian"

    Mama says that reading makes me smarter than the cat. this is true cause he only reads in the litter box and I read on the toilet AND in litter box too(although I think Cat hate's me using it because his turds are small and he buries his out of shame cause he can't stand the fact my shit sticks are huge and the bastard hates that and so more proof that cats are jealous haters that hate sharing the litter box) 😾💩🙋💩!

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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 08-10-16
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 08-10-16 Member Since 2017

    I love books!

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    "good 'epic of Texas'"

    First time author for me, Phillipp Meyer, this book being called an 'epic of Texas'. In researching the author's background I learned that his writing style is called modernistic. In looking that style up I learned that it is the telling of a story from different time perspectives from different people's point of view.

    In this work of fiction the author tells the story of the McCullough family spanning 100 years. The first time frame was during the mid 1800's when Texas belonged to Mexico but the Americans were flooding in and Mexico couldn't stop it, the Comanches were roaming the countryside creating havoc, and the road to being a state was being laid. The second era was during the 1910's when oil was just becoming a big influence, the Mexicans and Americans were still killing each other on a regular basis, and World War I was looming large. The third era was around World War II and just after when oil was king, fortunes had been made, and life and everyone involved was changing rapidly. The three time frames were told by different member of the family.

    If you like Texas history you'll like this but it's also about a family, which could be any family where there are good and bad family members and as the generations pass each family member and the family itself goes in many different directions. I enjoyed the story.

    There were four narrators telling the story, two of which, Will Patton and Kate Mulgrew, are among my favorites.

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    08-06-16
    08-06-16 Member Since 2008

    josrmills

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    "An excellent listen, but not what you'd call uplifting…"

    The story traces the lives of three members of the McCulloch family from the mid-1800s through the latter half of the 20th century. The chapters switch from one family member to the next and then to the next, over and over throughout the book. It's an excellent read, and all of the readers are engaging (who doesn't like Will Patton?). A warning, though: none of the threads is particularly uplifting. In fact, the whole thing is a bit of a downer. An interesting and entertaining downer, but a downer nonetheless.

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