Somerset

  • by Leila Meacham
  • Narrated by Teresa DeBerry
  • 22 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One hundred fifty years of Roses' Tolivers, Warwicks, and DuMonts! We begin in the antebellum South on Plantation Alley in South Carolina, where Silas Toliver, deprived of his inheritance, joins up with his best friend Jeremy Warwick to plan a wagon train expedition to the "black waxy" promise of a new territory called Texas. Slavery, westward expansion, abolition, the Civil War, love, marriage, friendship, tragedy and triumph-all the ingredients (and much more) that made so many love Roses so much-are here in abundance.

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What the Critics Say

"Meacham sets her tale against the backdrop of historical upheavals, even the Civil War takes a backseat to the Tolivers’ domestic dramas full of intrigue and tragedy." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

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A Prequel done RIGHT!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The book, yes. The audio version, mmm, not so much. The narrator was the only drawback to an otherwise AMAZING book.


What did you like best about this story?

It takes the time to cover 4 generations and develops the characters so that you get a very clear understanding of the story. Loved how it touched on everything from slavery to the civil war to Texas history, and wove in tangled up stories of love and loss and life. VERY well written.


How could the performance have been better?

The narrator made the characters speak S-L-O-W-L-Y, as in made the southern "drawl" into something painful. All female voices were (annoyingly) high-pitched and whiny, and all the men gruff and raspy. I would have enjoyed it much more if it was read conversationally and each character was given their own "voice". And I think the southern accent could have been achieved without making them sound, well, slow.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I REALLY wish someone would make this into a movie!!! I thought that the whole time I was listening. I don't know how to summarize it into one line. Except that if it was done right, it would be long. As in Lonesome Dove long!


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- bonnie

Great Book!




Loved it! I fell in love with The Roses and was happy to find Somerset just as good. I'm sad it's over.
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- Bree Carl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-04-2014
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio