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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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You must read this book ! 10 stars!

Where does The Son rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the only books I reccomend to every new listener ! Top 10 !

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Son?

When Will Patton is finally accepted into the Comanche tribe as a warrior . At first it was the menial womens tasks he was assigned to.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

So , so much . Will Patton is such a wonderful narrator , as always expresses every emotion passionately. Kate Mullgrew was the supreme choice for the mcCullough's daughter. She would have to be a certain type of gruff and tough woman. Since I'm not really sure of the other 2 narrators, they did well. One of the guys though, third generation was annoying with his wimpy whiner voice .

Who was the most memorable character of The Son and why?

Mr. Mc Culloughs the most interesting of the character, the Patriarch. His experiences are so diverse and interesting. And also very unpredictable. I really am disappointed by predictable stories.

Any additional comments?

Just that everyone I have recommended this book to has given me positive feedback . Most books I get excited about no one comments to me. It's a big roller coaster . Laugh alot, cry alot.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed

Could have done without the story of JA and Peter. 18 hours of my life I can't have back.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Poorly executed story

I loved the first chapter. Then everything fell apart for me and never came back together again. While the author covered a lot of ground in the story, the character development was exceedingly flawed. The great grandaughter was the worst though all of them just picked up character traits like one would collect lint, without rhyme or reason. I think the author tried to make good points about the development of Texas and I just wished those points had been wrapped in a better story. I had intended to get American Rust but didn't bother after this disappointment.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing.

Great story idea. Started well and then completely fizzled. Publisher should have suggested improvements. Female narrator was grating. Patton gave good performance.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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No hero, no plot

I appreciated the historical context of conflicts among White newcomers, Indians, and Mexicans as well as the background of Texas cattle and oil. I did not like the characters and, without a plot, their stories grew tiresome.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Usually a mystery kind of gal

The reviews of this book sparked my interest. Glad I took the plunge. I did enjoy this book and it held my interest beginning to end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good book, FANTASTIC narrators

I really enjoyed this book, good story lots of great characters, but the real star of this book were the people reading it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Confusing to listen to

The story jumps from one character to another as in the TV show. it is difficult and confusing to follow in audio. I bought the paperback to allow for reference by flipping back a chapter or two.

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Very captivating story

I am so sad the story is over. The book is amazing. It is written in a way that makes you smell the plains, feel each painful human experience, and oh my! It was filled with human experience and emotion! Thank you!!

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Exceeded expectations

Would you consider the audio edition of The Son to be better than the print version?

At 70 reading is difficult so I'm loving audio books, The Son on tv attracted me to find it here.
Loved it! Wished it wouldn't end. Will Patton is great.

What other book might you compare The Son to and why?

Have hardly heard anything I liked as well.

Which scene was your favorite?

All the scenes with the Comanches are great.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Surprising how I was drawn to the Comanches perspective and repulsed by the ignorance and arrogance of the white people.

Any additional comments?

Liked it so well, I'll be looking for something similar now.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful