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Publisher's Summary

The end of the colonies' fight for independence ushers in a fresh and even more glorious struggle to build the new nation. It is an epoch ripe with the energy of a country in its springtime. Two young heirs to a family dynasty turn their eyes west - the frontier beckons.

It took a special breed to give up the comfortable life along our eastern seaboard. Who knew what lay beyond? But when Abraham Kent fell in love with his beautiful stepsister, he knew that leaving was the only course open to him.

The Seekers is the third in the Kent Family Chronicles following The Bastard and The Rebels.

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

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Excellent 2nd time around

2nd time around..loved it lo e the voice and the history of my newly adopted country

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Good read

I am really enjoying the Kent Family series. The author weaves an intriguing story while sharing detailed American history.

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Want more

This book ends leaving me wanting more. Guess that is the goal of a multi-volume Saga. A family facing adversity - mostly with resilience.

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Too Dark

Would you try another book from John Jakes and/or Marc Vietor?

I like a book that balances good and evil and ultimately the good prevail. Jake's book
has just too much loss, suffering, pain, without victorious outcomes and moments. I love Jakes, but this one has put me off the series for now..

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Great narration, great series, all books starting

with the " The Bastard" series, the narration was entertaining and the story line was historically informative.

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disappointed

expected more from the author...
I realize the importance of moving charectors forward, but death and rape, are not the only ways open to a writer.

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Abraham Kent

What did you love best about The Seekers?

BOOK: (Amazon Summary) Against the backdrop of the harsh and unforgiving American frontier, Abraham Kent seeks to build a life and identity of his own

Continuing the saga of the Kent family, John Jakes turns his masterful eye to the settlement of the untamed American West. Abraham Kent, the son of Philip Kent and Anne Ware, fought valiantly on the frontier, only to return home to Boston and a life he doesn’t want. Determined not to live in his father’s shadow, Abraham and his young bride join the wave of pioneers carving out farms in the turbulent, dangerous West. But life on the nation’s frontier soon becomes more than their fledgling family can endure. Furthering his reign as the living master of American historical fiction, Jakes unfurls the epic of The Seekers.

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 Seekers

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 Series

Great series and a very enjoyable story line. Really enjoy the history mixed with the fiction.

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meh....decent.

wasn't a particularly grabby story line. if u like his books it's tolerable , I listen to many books twice or more over time,this won't be among those.

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  • stuart
  • 04-27-16

History made even more interesting

I Couldn't stop listening to this epic novel, which is American history undercover of a fictional family saga. Looking to the next thrilling episode. John Jakes master story teller.