I like realistic books that stretch the truth and the laws of physics...and also emotionally resonant narration that doesn't suck.
And to top it all, it was read by the best voice actor who ever read a book. Conroy died this month, and the narrator Frank Muller, a man with a magical voice and way of reading, he died several years back, before his time. On finishing this book I'm actually feeling hurt by those losses because Price of Tides touched me so deeply. The diction is so musical and vast and exacting. Emotion and atmosphere are captured here, and life is captured here with such bright honesty. Never boring and constantly beautiful and real. Can't believe how amazing this story is and how well told. It'll make you laugh many times, and out loud too, even when you're alone and hadn't thought yourself in the mood for laughs. It will make you cry as well though, for sure. I'm crying now, I feel as though I just left behind family when I finished.
I am sure I must have seen the movie based on this book a hundred years ago and thankfully I don't remember it. This book was totally awesome! For a book that was almost 23 hours long it went by in a heartbeat. I purchased this prior to Pat Conroy's passing. I saw many of his interviews recently and I do believe he captured the South as he wanted to. His tribute to Frank Mueller, the narrator, was most well deserved. I don't believe anyone could have read this book better than him. He was an amazing narrator. This is not a listen to it in bits and pieces book, this is one you dig your heels into. There are many stories within stories in this book. Very well done. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Frank Muller narrates The Prince of Tides with all the passion and emotive force of Pat Conroy's powerful prose. A dynamic drama of a Southern family shaped in the crucible of Southern culture. Do not overlook this harrowing story told in the finest of oral tradition.
Yesterday we lost Pat Conroy. 3/4/2016.
This book was a must read back in 1973 when I first read it. And I've read and reread it.
Today I am listening to this book.
There is nothing like an audiobook to bring a book to delicious, full flower.
I suggest that all his books be reread on audio. I am transported.
This is at the top of my list of great books and great readers.
Having grown up in and around the salt marshes of the South Carolina Low Country, I sometimes feel more like a member of the Wingo family than a man relaxing and enjoying once again one of his favorite books of all time.
I experience this novel each time I pick it up! I actually smell the heavily salted Atlantic breeze and sometimes think I hear the broom straw rustle of it brushing past and through the grasses as Tom and Savannah pluck oysters from the mud. It embraces me as I taste the residual flavor left from my own childhood memories of the river, skiing with my sister and brother, or in the inlet, holding the boat steady against the tide as my father casts for shrimp from the bow, while we wait for the minnow traps to fill. And for a moment, just for a moment, all is right with the world.
This writer and poet, this artist and magician who paints on the fluid surface of mine and a million other minds, somehow transports me right into the middle of world full of people and places that I have come to love; A world he created with his mastery of the English language. In 1986 Pat Conroy took a tiny slice of the coast near Charleston, SC and remodeled it. I discovered it for myself about ten years later quite by accident, and fell in love instantly. I visit again every few years and am never disappointed. Swing by Colleton, SC sometime. You will love what Pat has done with the place