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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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    Jim "The Impatient" 04-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I WOULD SAY YOU SHOOT LIKE A WOMAN, BUT"

    THAT WOULD NOT BE FAIR TO THE WOMEN.
    It has been a long time since I have been so engrossed in a novel. This is the type of book, when listening you occasionally come to reality and have to determine where your at and what your doing. This book is why I suffer so many inferior writings. So well written, you don't listen to it, you live it.

    Horror
    I read a lot of horror novels, but this is in parts more horrific than any made up horror involving made up characters. There is torture and rape, but what makes it so horrific, is you know these things actually happened to real people. I am amazed at the way humans treat humans, because of skin color, culture or religion. This is an eye opener and some may decided they rather keep their heads buried in the sand.

    SHE WAS EITHER SOFT HEADED OR A QUAKER
    The story is told through the eyes of four people. Most people will love the adventures of Eli McCullough, the patriarch of the novel. Those reviewers who did not give this five stars, were disappointed in the other characters. Paul McCullough is a weak liberal whose story takes place mostly in the 19teens. Jeanne Anne McCullough is a strong woman whose story starts in the 1940's and continues through the 80's. None of the characters are heroes, or politically correct. All the characters have faults, like real people. John Wayne would approve of Eli, but not the rest.

    YOU CAN SPOT A FORD DRIVER BY THE CAST ON HIS ARM
    The narrators are more than excellent, the cream of the crop. Will Patton and Kate Mulgrew were already two of my favorites. The other two are also great.

    I'M A HICK WITH AN ART COLLECTION.

    23 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    The Dark Side 10-14-16 Member Since 2013
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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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    Lydia T. Enriquez 05-18-17 Member Since 2016
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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
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    Mrs. Roxane Leilani Rollins Valley Center, CA USA 09-22-16
    Mrs. Roxane Leilani Rollins Valley Center, CA USA 09-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "So who was Jeanie's father?"

    I listened intently to this family saga, partly because Will Patton, narrating Eli's part, was so engrossing, and partly because I couldn't figure out which of Peter's sons had been Jeanie's father. I wonder if we were supposed to know? I was completely drawn into this story of survival and atrocities. It makes our recent American history seem benign compared to the "white dominance over everything that lived and breathed" that was portrayed during the demise of the American Indian. Fascinating details made this listen worthwhile.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KHensley Charlotte, NC 05-18-16
    KHensley Charlotte, NC 05-18-16
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    "Confusing Relationships"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I'm not sure I would change anything about the book. I definitely would not recommend it as an audible book - I needed to be able to go back and forth to figure out relationships which isn't easy to do.


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

    Meh. The entire story of the ending seemed forced.


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

    The narrarators were essential to my enjoyment of The Son. Their voices (especially Patton and Mulgrew) provided a great contrast for the generational stories.


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    Amazon Customer 12-22-16
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    "TheSon"

    I really loved this audio book. The actors that read the book made it come alive. I hated when the book ended and wanted more. I am glad they are making a tv series but I hope it lives up to the book. If you love Texas get this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Colorado Springs 07-11-16
    Kelly Colorado Springs 07-11-16
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    "Compelling, Haunting & Bleak."

    If not for the stunningly beautiful review by Mel on Audible, I might never have read this book. She had me after the first few words and I am grateful for it. While I would not put it in my top 100 books of all time I enjoyed it very much.

    The Son is an epic tome spanning 4 generations and sharing 3 distinct stories. I was enchanted by the brutal story of Eli who returned to life as a white man in Texas but who never lost the skills and manners taught to him by the Comanche. He was a strong, harsh man who didn't seem to connect with the people nearest him. His story was compelling and each time the book circled back to him I was excited to find out what would happen next.

    I also liked the story of Peter, who was the heart of the story. I am a sentimental, feeling person and am always attracted to characters who seem to be kind and compassionate. Peter was so different from Eli. I longed to know more about their relationship -- and more about Peter's mother -- to see where these differences came from. Peter's love for the "wrong" woman was a sweet piece of his puzzle and I was happy that one of the three stories offered a reprieve from the often ruthless and barbarous actions in the other two stories.

    I was less charmed by Jeanne's story. I found her grating and more of a caricature than real. Her story -- the story of oil -- was also much less intriguing to me. In my opinion the book would have been better without her story. More attention to the relationship between Eli and Peter, and no third story might have warranted the fifth star.

    The narration by Patton, Mulgrew, Shepherd & Collins was perfectly done. The changes in voice perfectly complemented the story and ensured that the listener always knew which time and place they were currently visiting.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    True Son 10-07-17
    True Son 10-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Meyer can turn a word"

    So well written it’s surprising- great story from start to finish. Long read and totally captivating!

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    Randal and Amy Butler 10-03-17 Member Since 2015
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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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    Kyle 09-27-17
    Kyle 09-27-17 Member Since 2012
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    "As Always, Better Than the Movie"

    If you have read or listened to "Lonesome Dove" you will invariably want to read this book. It is on the dark side and many times quite graphic, but realistic, never over the top. This book is a reflection on life as a whole, leaving you with a lot to think about.

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