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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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    Kathryn MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 07-28-13
    Kathryn MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2014
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    "1/3 Great, 2/3 Okay"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book was told from the perspective of three people. At any given time, one of the story lines was fascinating. The other two were dull and I couldn't wait to get back to the one that was worth my time.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Blackmac 06-26-13
    Blackmac 06-26-13 Member Since 2016

    Must like the main characters, be intelligently written and feel like I learned something at the end.

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    "Surprised, Great Novel"
    If you could sum up The Son in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, melancholy, authentic.


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

    Early on Ely's memories of being taken captive by the Comanche was really intriguing.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    All were excellent. Will Patton was superb but was surprised how good Kate Mulgrew was. She has a talent for narration and will seek her out for more novels.


    If you could rename The Son, what would you call it?

    Regrets of Generations


    Any additional comments?

    This novel flew by and was very enjoyable to listen to. I don't think I would have been half as enjoyable had I read it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 04-06-15
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 04-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A lot of work to mentally tackle this book."

    This story was too large of a time period to enjoy. There were so many characters in the novel that it was hard to remember who was who and in what time span. He could have written a mini series and focused on one time period per book instead.

    It is definitely a bleak novel in following the history of the three members of the McCullough family. I was definitely glad when the novel was over. A lot of people raved about this book, however, I can only give it an average rating.

    I love the narrator, Will Patton, but wish Phillipp Meyer had written a better book for him to read.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    mulbllib 08-25-14
    mulbllib 08-25-14
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    "Not My Kind Of Story Telling"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I prefer a more linear narrative. Many times I could not grasp how the 3 main and one finale characters had affected each other with the jumps in time. Also the audio just wasn't on and this really showed in the intro and exits.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Philipp Meyer? Why or why not?

    I found his background facts interesting and added a great deal to the story/stories. This is particularly true with the early indian times and "Plan of San Diego" (1915-1918) times.
    Although I had heard of the mexican revolution involving the use of US military under Gen Black Jack Pershing the border troubles and killings of 1915-1918 were new and interesting to me.

    I would be willing to try another Philipp Meyer book if I was sure it would be a beginning to end style of narrative. This book was like popcorn, air popped, with no butter or salt. Jumping around in time without much lasting flavor. Some people like there popcorn that way but not enough to to find it sold in movie theaters.


    How could the performance have been better?

    My download sounded over modulated. I enjoyed the actors and found their timing excellent. It was more on the technical side of the audio book.


    What character would you cut from The Son?

    None although I was not fond of the use of a "diary" to tell a story.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 05-12-14
    Laura 05-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book ruined by one of the four narrators"
    What did you love best about The Son?

    Detailed research and knowledge of early Texas history


    What did you like best about this story?

    History of Texas from all points of view


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

    I really loved three of the four narrators, however, Kate Mulgrew is the worst narrator I've ever heard on any Audible recording. Whoever picked her to voice a Texan has never been south of the Red River. She has no clue what a west Texas accent or any other Texas accent sounds like, and so she simply affects a broadly exaggerated hick voice. Her twang was a caricature and made her parts of the story hard to listen to.


    The other narrators, Will Patton and Scott Shepherd especially, were terrific and more authentic. Why didn't anyone let Kate listen to them before she embarrassed herself with her part?


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Chapel Hill, NC, USA 08-09-13
    Jennifer Chapel Hill, NC, USA 08-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not a single sympathetic character"

    I usually like stories about the old west, but this one had not a single character that I could relate to in any way. There is no true hero or villain, and every character seems to alienate themselves quickly. The story is marginal. I kept holding out hope that something interesting would happen, but it never did. I thought the performance was true to the story. I think given the right part, Kate Mulgrew could really shine. I'll be looking for other stories narrated by her.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Gutman 06-26-13 Member Since 2008

    Women of the World

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    "Overrated"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A Texan


    What could Philipp Meyer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Less whining by Peter, a better ending, less everything.....


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The voice of Peter was pathetic, as was his character


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

    Cut back on the vulgarity. It does not enhance this long-winded story


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry I bought it and finished it. So disappointed

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Roy Mendiola"

    first novel I have read loved it. loved listening to it. hope he writes another.

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    05-19-17
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    "historical fiction"

    Way to much fucking in the middle. But a great story none the less. A Texan sized tradgey worthy of the bard himself.

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    Paulette Saratoga Springs, UT, United States 05-17-17
    Paulette Saratoga Springs, UT, United States 05-17-17 Member Since 2012
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    "The romance of the west and the reality of human nature."

    I've always loved the "romance" of "the west", and it is portrayed gracefully in this book. But I also enjoyed the reality of "the west" that was portrayed as well. Excellent

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