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Publisher's Summary

A patriot soldier in the ragtag Continental army, Philip Kent defies the rule of the British crown, fighting for the future of his adopted American homeland and the future of his wife and newborn son. And when Philip's heroism draws the attention of General George Washington, he is sent on an overwhelmingly risky mission vital to the success of the Revolution. But no sacrifice is too great for freedom.

©1975 John Jakes (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • krawle
  • Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
  • 05-07-14

A little disappointing

What did you like best about The Rebels? What did you like least?

A riveting piece of historical literature.
A story about a useless, good for nothing drunk, which drove me nuts.
Anne's story shocked me and made me sad.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Talk more about the historical significance of the war and how it affected society as a whole instead of just a few people.

Have you listened to any of Marc Vietor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The same high performance as the last time I listened to him.

Do you think The Rebels needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No I think author struggled with the material as it is.

Any additional comments?

About 65% of the book focussed on the daily nightmare that was life of a common drunk and how he tortured himself and the people around him, I got really fed up with the whole thing- I hope the next book is better.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Regret and hopelessness

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The series is largely dark, with disappointment, failure and character weaknesses. The series is not uplifting and the many that enter the timeline breed hopelessness. The worst tragedies possible happen on a frequent scale that leaves one frustrated. When the listener just starts so admire a character, the story line trashes them into bleak shamefulness.

Has The Rebels turned you off from other books in this genre?

The historical context is good.

What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

Very good.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not much.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Randi
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 02-01-14

Compelled to express strong contrary opinion!

What disappointed you about The Rebels?

I've never submitted a review before - I admit that I'm a bit selfish in that I like to read them, but don't take the time to share with others. But I just had to take the time after listening to The Rebels. I loved John Jakes' North and South trilogy. And I had been so disappointed when I couldn't find more John Jakes on Audible, that I sent a request for Audible to sell the other John Jakes books (many of which were a part of long series -wonderful when you find an author whose books captivate you the way North and South captivated me). Then it was time to move on.

I found some other terrific historical fiction authors and books. Then, as I was exploring the genre for my next listen and John Jakes' Kent Chronicles popped up as a recommendation for me, I couldn't wait to start Book 1! Unfortunately, I found I wasn't as intrigued as I'd hoped to be. Even so, I convinced myself to try again with Book 2... Maybe my anticipations had set my expectations too high? But with only 45 minutes to go, it's become painfully obvious that my opinion is not going to change.

So now I'm back on Audible looking for my next book. And again, the Kent Chronicles pop up as a recommendation for me. I was so surprised when I noticed the high average customer review ratings for Book 2, that I just had to read the comments. Now I'm wondering, did I just listen to the same book as everyone else? And if so, was I in some sort of weird trance when I did? My opinion seems so out of whack with everybody else's that I'm even thinking about giving Book 3 a try simply to test my sanity.

For now though, I'm going to simply recommend to those considering this book to explore other options in the genre (e.g. Courtenay, recent Archer and Follett, Rutherford, for starters), while I go back to searching for my own next listen!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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excellent story with abundant historical accuracy

excellent story with abundant historical accuracy woven throughout. Narration was perfect...even though this book was written over 40 years ago..it's overview of history and character development makes it a must read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction

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The Rebels

A great piece of historical fiction. I was a little annoyed by the mispronunciation of the name von Steuben (it is FON SHTOY-BEN rather than VON STU-BEN) hence four stars instead of five. The only flaw in an otherwise great performance.

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Historical fiction at its best!

I love being completely entertained and educated about American History at the same time! I can’t get enough of The Kent Family Chronicles. On the Book 3

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Phillipe Kent Book 2

If you could sum up The Rebels in three words, what would they be?

BOOK: (Amazon Summary) The rousing Kent family saga continues as Philip Kent fights for his new country alongside the greatest figures of the Revolutionary War

The engrossing follow-up to The Bastard finds Philip Kent standing as a Continental solider at the Battle of Bunker Hill. In a bold move, Kent has taken up arms for the future of his new family. Spirited and unwavering in his dedication to his adopted homeland, Kent fights in the most violent battles in America’s early history. As the Revolution rages, Kent’s story interweaves with the trials of a vivid cast of characters, both famous and unknown. The result is a tautly plotted epic novel that transports the reader into the thrilling adventure of a man’s fight for a new life.

NARRATION: Marc Vietor narrates the entire series which is a plus. I like the consistency of hearing the same voice throughout the story line. The voices are well done, female and male are easily distinguishable.

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The Rebels

Any additional comments?

These comments address The Kent Family Chronicles, the entire series of eight books, in audiobook format. All books are narrated by Marc Vietor. The entire series is approximately 125 hours of listening. Shortest book is 15.5 hours, longest over 26 hours. Vietor does a good job with narration, although the uniqueness of male voices is problematic. Most significant, you’ll have little difficulty determining who-says-what-to-who. Tempo and pacing fine, albeit the narration is a bit slow for my taste, bumped it to 1.25.

The entire series is a broad spectrum history of the United States from just pre-Revolutionary War through the 1890s and a chronicle of the Kent family through this time. Beginning with Phillip through the generations to the children of Gideon, a great-great-grandson. Members of the clan fight in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, are at the Alamo, the California Gold Rush, the Great Chicago Fire, the Johnstown Flood, and much more. The author skillfully intersperses vignettes of imagined and factual history. For example, two of the fictional characters of the series are sheltered for a few days at the home of the Lincolns in rural Kentucky - a baby is part of the family, young Abraham. One of the fictional characters is counseled by Benjamin Franklin. Fiction, Phillip’s childhood friend is Marquis deLafayette, non-fiction: deLafayette’s role in United States and French military. The series is rife with this type of paradigm, but it is not difficult to determine what is true and what is fiction. All the instances that involve the Kents and John Jake’s other fictional characters are products of his imagination. Much of the rest is a fun methodology of conveying historical events.

The stories are very listenable. I found no need to re-wind or fast-forward; no segment boring or irrelevant. Theses books are not ‘love stories’ in the typical sense, albeit familial relationships, the crux of The Kent Family Chronicles, must include love stories, n'est-ce pas? In those areas where a sexual encounter is defined it is relevant to the plot and tastefully written. This does not occur often, but the clan does proliferate :-). A word to the prudish: there are a couple of rapes vividly described.

Very typical of the time written, the 1970s, writing is a bit verbose. Several of these books were adapted for television mini-series, popular at the time.

John Jakes is a terrific historical fiction author, recommended. Enjoy!

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great saga

I loved the series when I read them before and love this series now, my only complaint is that it is over too soon!

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Amazing

This book really puts you into the time. Amazing prose brings the history to life. I am so glad this series was suggested to me