Canadian girl in Kansas, love audible, books on kindle or kindle fire, and old fashioned books! I enjoy fiction most, mostly books with strong female leads. Favourite authors: Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Andre Dubus III, Lisa Genova, many more!
I would definitely listen to The Prince of Tides again. This is one of the most powerful, beautiful stories I've ever read, and Conroy's prose are like music. This story is probably one of the best ever told, and the characters will haunt me, and I will love them forever.
I felt The Prince of Tides reminded me of Fall On Your Knees by Anne Marie McDonald. The complexity of the characters and the melody of the sentences were very similar. Both stories are about families, the good and the bad, and the way they define us.
I loved Tom, but I also loved Savannah. I found her spunky, loving, caring and motherly. Tom, the narrator, was so brutally honest he seemed naked with his emotion and one hundred percent vulnerable. All the characters touched my heart in The Prince of Tides.
Yes, and I listened to it in two days despite it's twenty-two hour length. I listened to it at my son's baseball games, at work, at home, while cooking, while going to sleep. It was by far, my most favourite audible book, even better than 11/22/1963.
I had never read Conroy before and I can't believe I have missed Prince of Tides. I am so happy that I listened to it. The reader was fantastic at 1.5 or 2 speed, he was perfect for the narrator role of Tom. I would recommend this audio book to whomever enjoys a sweeping, epic tale of ultimate love and sacrifice.
Pat Conroy at his best!!!!!
Wonderful story, striking moments. Rarely read anything more than once, this is 3rd time for this book!!!!
just plain great reading, not too much inflection, not too little
Highly recommend as a wonderful story that you'll HATE to have end. Ending brough tears to my eyes. Oh Mama do it again!
I am from S.C. and like the coast and the wild life there. I could relate to the setting and people. The great challenge of these children surviving their parents had me pulling for all of them with great zeal.
Tom and then Luke.
I have never read anyone like Pat. He is a master of the language. I loved the character development and the interesting settings and people he placed the characters in.The narrator grew on me in time. I grew to appreciate him and longed for him to continue the story.
I thought this book told a very interesting story of the intricate and intimate story of a troubled Southern family. It was so interesting, I had to discipline myself to stop listening to get on with the normal things in my life. Each character, fully developed, was a story in itself. Beauty, ugliness, intelligence, violence, humor, mystery, and romance filled the pages of this book The author's style is highly poetic, and I marveled at his prose. I would highly recommend it if you are a person who appreciates this style of writing.
This book is a true work of art. Conroy's words caress every fiber of your soul, as it draws you in. You are not reading this book, you are transported.. I do believe this books is best on audio, and with this particular narrator. So passionately performed. So captivating. I hung on every word. BRAVO!
The late great Frank Muller turns in a signature performance with this reading of Pat Conroy's classic The Prince of Tides. Muller, who died in 2008 from complications related to a motorcycle accident, was unparalleled in his ability to capture the moods and subtleties of each character. And the characters are rich and wonderful in this probing song of the South. Pat Conroy, in an author's introduction to the audiobook, says he learned things about the novel that even he didn't know when listening to Frank Muller read his work. That's about as high a compliment as a narrator can get, I would think!
The book is great apart from the stellar performance. Conroy is so good at weaving together snippets of life from the Wingoe family across multiple generations, culminating in the heartwrenching struggle of Savanah Wingoe to beat her suicidal tendencies. Conroy seems to be largely autobiographical in many of his stories. One area where the book falls away from the realm of reality is in the dialog; each and every character is so wonderfully verbose and eloquent that they're not believable as real people. If anything, though, that makes the story even more entertaining.
There is some language in the book, but it does not come across as gratuitous. Sexual content, while present, is handled discreetly. Perhaps the most objectionable content has to do with the physical and emotional abuse of the Wingoe children at the hands of their parents. One horrific scene describes the event that changed the family forever, but even that, while terrible, is not particularly graphic.
This is a triumph of a book in its own right, and Muller's reading of it makes it an audiobook classic. Highly recommended!
This book had me thinking on many fronts, violence, mental illness, parenting, politics, marriage, racism, stereotyes. I thought this as a story about the father and his life. He is a remarkable, resourceful, creative person. War pilot, veteran of ww2 and Korea, escapee from nazi germany. He has a beautiful wife and wonderful kids. But he has a big flaw. He loses the support of his family. The wife isnt innocent either. She is constantly proclaiming them as being poor, and lower class, while they live on an island they own, he has a shrimp boat and shrimp business, and he comes up with many money making schemes, he makes different machines and inventions, but it always fails. He complains his family doesnt support him, and he is right, they dont. The wife is extremely class conscious, and this would drive any shrimper crazy. Unhappiness is a state of mind. I felt jealous of the kids, growing up on an island, being close to nature, working on the shrimp boat, a kids paradise. The father had many chances of having a successful scheme, although he did have a very successful shrimp business. They wanted more, and because they werent rich, they were unhappy. The fathers flaw-violence, catalyzes the families inward battle-wife against husband, kids against parents. I feel the inventiveness and creativity of the father is something that should be admired, not considered a joke. The father is the type of person that made the US great. But the family is the foundation, and his foundation is rotten. Everything he tries fails, and ultimately his family leaves him. Is the striving for social status at the core of this disaster story? Perhaps that is what sets off the violence from the beginning. The mother's constant badgering about how poor they are, and how she wants to be in the "womens league". She considers the father to be a failure, when if they had learned to respect each other, they could have been the most successful family in the city. Hehad the creativity and inventiveness, and she could have been the detail person. He owned the island, which that alone was worth a lot of money, and he knew it. But because of the family fued, he lost that at the end too. It is interesting that we find out at the end that the father suffers the same symptom as the mentally ill daughter.
One thing that Luke discusses I found very interesting. He says he went to Vietnam to fight the communists, because his government told him that they had to get rid of that type of govenment and economic system. He had to go kill poor farmers in Vietnam to save capitalism and keep america free. Yet we lose our schools, hospitals,and the government can take our land whenever they want, while the insiders profit. Wasnt his the very thing he was fighting against in Vietnam?
I didnt give this book 5 stars because of two parts, the white porpoise, and the bengal tiger. I felt these parts were just too unbelieveable, and distracted from the rest of the story. Luke raises a bengal tiger, and becomes an amateur lion tamer? They all jump in the truck and drive off to Florida to steal back the white porpoise, feed it a few sleeping pills, and throw it in the back of the pickup.
All in all, this is the story of the lifetime of a very interesting, but troubled family. Every aspect from childhood to adulthood.
I should have been a shrimp boat captain.
Maybe. It is long but is intriguing.
The characters, the side stories, the imagery.
Loved it. Could not fault voices, pace, intonation.
No. It is very wordy and descriptive. I could digest it more in small chunks. I wanted to take my time with this story. I wanted to live alongside the characters for a while.
Pat Conroy does a remarkable job of weaving the various stories of individuals in a family- the unhappy, emotionally unpredictable parents who decieve and lie about everything; their three children who learn to keep family secrets above all else. They survive through their bond and cope with life in different ways, especially when events and circumstances invade their tenuous understanding of the world. South Carolina and southern creedo come alive with rich discriptions of landscape and humorous cleaver dialogue as their story is revealed by one of the sons to a New York psychiatrist after his (twin) sister trys to commit suicide.
Frank Muller makes this audio 5 stars. I am ashamed to admit I had avoided this title due to the lingering images of violence from the movie (over two? decades ago- I'm impressionable.) But, when desperate for a new, well told story, I rely on my own listening experience and turn to a narrator I can trust for good taste and performance (no matter my preconceived notions) of a story. And Mr Muller expertly applied his craft with a 5 star delivery, again. Unfortunately Frank is gone, but he left other delightful rides like "Wilde West" that I highly recommend.
This audiobook overall was an excellent book. I enjoyed the story and the performance very much. It seemed once or twice to go into a little more detail than necessary but I understand that it was to build the story.