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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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    08-06-16
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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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    Rhoades Tyrone, PA, United States 07-18-16
    Rhoades Tyrone, PA, United States 07-18-16 Member Since 2011
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    "The story is very fragmented."

    It is not that it is not a good book, but I prefer one story and no skipping back and forth.

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    Chuck 06-03-16
    Chuck 06-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story, interesting history"

    It was a good story although at times it was tricky to follow. The performance was great and it's worth a listen.

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    Christopher 05-20-16
    Christopher 05-20-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Simply Outstanding"

    Rich historical fiction, Great detail and breadth of time. Very well spoken by each character, we highly recommend this to anyone interested in the land now known as Texas

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    Rebecca 03-08-16
    Rebecca 03-08-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Ok but not fabulous"

    It's an OK story- but not a great epic that you'll want to think on again and again.the best parts are the section read by Will Patten about the kidnapping of one of the main characters. Taken by Comanche . Some interesting things in those parts- the other two sections about the later generations felt more like watered down things- not really on par with the first section- though we are meant to feel they should be as they are given equal time. I just left the book wanting more of something in the story and the characters. The readers are good but one strong reader would have been fine- Will Patten could have read the whole book and it might have felt more connected. I feel like Kate Mulgrew over-acts her reading a little. I liked the third reader but again- he could have read the whole book and it might have been a better listening experience.

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    Alexis C. Martinez 03-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good listen with different narrators"

    My favorite part of this audible is the different narrators. It helps differentiate the characters and stories. Good book, great stories that brought every emotion. I didnt want it to end.

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    Bill Beaulac NEK Vermont 02-27-16
    Bill Beaulac NEK Vermont 02-27-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Pleasant surprise . . . a great book, all around."

    Although this is not a genre I would typically read or listen to, I purchased the book based on the positive reviews comparing it to the works of Cormac McCarthy (one of my favorite authors). That being said, and not repeating the previous reviewers' details, I found this book to be a well researched and fascinating listen.

    Yes, there is a good bit of violence and sex mixed in, but being told in such a flat/factual manner it certainly does not come across as gratuitous. In fact, I would argue that it adds to the depth and powerful impact of the story; it brings a historical accuracy and realism to the book. I would HIGHLY recommend this listen to anyone . . . even at the regular price (though I bought is a Daily Deal offer).

    One thing that kept me wondering throughout the book, which spans over a century and multiple lives, was how the author was going to effectively end the story. In the same manner as McCarthy, Myers ends the tale with a very poignant thought from Eli; both haunting and compelling.

    The single con that I have with this listen, and it is strictly based on personal preference, I found the narrator of Jeanne Anne's voice (Kate Mulgrew) to be very abrasive at times; almost a cackling. Never once did I even consider stopping the listen, though.

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    Ignacio Hernandez 02-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great story a lot of history"

    loved it great history and character's even if your not from Texas will recommend t o my friends

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    Story was a lot to believe but true and disturbing . Very well woven together.

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    Andrea Riverside, CA, United States 02-11-16
    Andrea Riverside, CA, United States 02-11-16 Member Since 2008
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    Would you try another book from Philipp Meyer and/or the narrators?

    The narrators were great, but the book itself leaves one without hope for humanity overall.


    What was most disappointing about Philipp Meyer’s story?

    Bleakness for bleakness' sake. I think sometimes people mistake darkness for depth. This book needed severe editing and a lot of it should just have been saved for therapy. Also, even though it was way too long, it wasn't long enough. The stories don't thread together at the end or even meet. The epic scale falls flat when there are equally epic gaps.

    It was a bit of a disconnect to have two stories in the first person and a third one in the third person, and the author's portrayal of a strong woman's inner thoughts is both ridiculous and misogynistic. I have met and worked with and for women of that era and background, and the author's take on them is definitely what a man would think a woman is thinking but way off the mark.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Son?

    I would have asked the author to green-line out a third from each chapter and half out from each violent scene. The author tends to dwell on the grisly to a point that is pathological. He also mistakes detail for authenticity and tries to turn some of the chapters into ethnographic treatises. It's very heavy-handed, coming across as pedantic at times and naïve at others.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy the book unless you feel the need for despair at humanity. The book makes Scandinavian murder mysteries seem light-hearted and cheerful in comparison.

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