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Somerset

Narrated by: Teresa DeBerry
Series: Roses, Book 1
Length: 22 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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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.

©2014 Leila Meacham (P)2014 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"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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  • bonnie
  • 18-02-14

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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  • LOVE IT
  • 28-10-19

Performance Trouble

The southern accent used by the narrator for some of the characters was cringe worthy. It was so bad the story suffered. I endured it to the end but I will be sure to avoid Teresa DeBerry’s work in the future.

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  • Ronda R Comer
  • 22-10-19

Overall great book.

Being a Texan the mispronunciation of names irritated me. Otherwise I did enjoy the southern accent.

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  • Kristen W. Meers
  • 06-09-19

Great story, terrible narration

Loved Roses and this is a great prequel! Had a real problem listening to it however. The narrator's accent is terrible but it is manageable when she is reading the male characters. When it comes to the female characters though, she speaks very slowly and uses a very high pitched voice. It makes all the female characters sound like they don't have an intelligent brain cell in their head. It is painful! I tried speeding it up and that is better, but decided the best way to enjoy this book was to just read it!

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  • Robin
  • 30-09-18

Almost as good as “Roses”

I thought “Roses” was excellent and so I thought I’d listen to the prequel. At first I was disappointed, as it is not as successful at drawing in the reader and was difficult to identify as involving the same families. Once the reader accepts this, the book is very engaging, albeit darker than “Roses”, no doubt owing to the time period in which it is set. With that in mind, I would certainly recommend.

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  • C. J. S.
  • 25-06-18

at least it wasn't steamy!

I look for long historic fiction, which I thought this was. it was more of a romance, but not terrible - except for the narrator, who sounded like a shaky old woman.

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  • Cheryl K.
  • 11-10-17

Somerset

fantastic book!! I am so glad you wrote a prequel to Roses. Roses is a book I've read many times.

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  • Julie
  • 07-07-17

This book was absolutely WONDERFUL!!!

From the beginning to the end, this book was absolutely perfect, well written and well-read!

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  • Bree Carl
  • 18-05-17

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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  • Cheryl
  • 12-05-16

Great Narration

What did you love best about Somerset?

The strength of the main character, Jessica, through the adversities set before her.

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

The various voices she uses in defining the characters is remarkable. I love listening to a great narrator who has mastered different voices so the listener knows exactly who is speaking. This is a rare art form and Teresa is certainly an expert.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

If I awaken during the night, I put my earbuds in and listen to the book (which actually lulls me back to sleep). However, I happened to listen to one of the saddest parts of the book at 3 a.m. & could not get back to sleep because my heart was so grieved. There's a lot of drama in the book with not much laughter but it's an interesting story of the beginning of this family and their settlement in Texas.

Any additional comments?

Because I listened to Somerset after listening to Roses, I'll have to go back and listen to the first part of Roses to connect the stories in my head.