I read this years ago, then took advantage of bonus points to check it out in audio. Am still listening, and very much enjoying it. The narrator is occasionally annoying but mostly does a good job. I think it's harder to listen to a good book you've previously read, because the narrator emphasizes things differently than I would have, and it's occasionally distracting. But the grim cynicism in his voice is probably nearer the author's than mine, if that makes any sense. Recommended.
Even though I've not finished the book, I won't give it any more than three stars. If the book itself weren't so interesting, I'd struggle to give it two stars. The narrator is overly melodramatic; EVERY word cannot be a drama, but Frank Muller presents it as such. It's going to be difficult to finish the listen, but I'll do so for the writing by Pat Conroy. I'll pay attention for future listens to ensure that Frank Muller is not the narrator.
about a typical dysfunctional family that somehow kept me interested until the end. Not a favorite, but not bad either. Worth a listen.
I read this book many years ago on the advice of writer friend of mine and loved it from the first chapter. Listening to this made me fall in love all over again. The story is riviting and, of course, Frank Muller was wonderful. I truly miss his reading.
I thought I read a review where someone stated "....and it's a true story, too" . For the first 500 pages of the book, I thought the story was non-fiction! I enjoyed the book immensely either way. It would have been an incredible true story, but the plot line is so detailed and unusual, is so over the top, that I figured no one could make up this dysfunctional yet loving southern family. So poetic - this is one of those stories where every word counts. Also, I love Southern family literature and forgot about that until reading this. The narrator is Excellent -- and you all know what a difference that makes -- he was perfect!
I never saw the movie that was made out of this book, and I'm glad I didn't. I'm glad I didn't have any preconceived ideas of who these characters were. I was AMAZINGLY surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I LOVED the narrator and I loved the content. I was very sad to see it end.
I avoided this book for years because of the film version's connection with Barbra Streisand. This is a great book. One of the best that I have read/listened.
Having seen the ads for the movie I really never expected this story to pull me in as quickly as it did. Pat Conroy is by far one of the best storytellers I have had the pleasure to listen to. Frank Muller reads this story as if it was written for his voice. This book is powerful, sad, and funny all wrapped into one and I hated for it to end.
Hard core Audble listener, been listening to recorded books since they were on casset tape...
Wonderful prose melodically read by the great Frank Mueller.
I listen to this when it was first recorded (had to have been close to 20 years ago, I know it was on cassette tapes) and was so moved by it then I knew it would merit another listen. I was not wrong, it was even more touching and beautiful with age.
I've just wasted a credit. Giving up at chapter three. Some nicely written passages but the extensive dialogue is flat and flat out false.