Great reader. Great story. Some graphic violence including sexual violence. I haven't always preferred Frank Muller's narration because his voice was too gumshoe-noir for my taste, but it works perfectly for this story.
Avid Audible Listener
I loved listening to this book. I've never read anything by Pat Conroy. I purchased it simply because Frank Muller narrated it. I absolutely loved every minute of it. Frank Muller did a stand-up job, as usual, and the writing was first rate. I haven't seen the movie, so I had nothing to compare it to. Definitely worth the credit!
This was a book club selection and I will admit, I wasn't very excited about it. I am so glad I decided to read it. I am even happier that I chose to listen to it. I loved it. The narrator sucks you into the story and I could not stop listening. I could feel the characters pain, frustration, love and heartache. This is such a beautiful story.
There's no question that it's an intriguing story in spite of it being at least two hours longer than it should have been.
SEMI SPOILER ALERT*** However, what ruined the book for me -- with several hours left to listen to -- was when the damaged protagonist (with almost no motivation) not only forgave the two people who had most grievously damaged him and his hometown and who had indirectly been responsible for his brother's death, but he APOLOGIZED TO THEM!
Woe to the person to tries to read another author after Pat Conroy. The rest just don't measure up. Pat Conroy's lush language, insights into human character, and riveting plot line are all reasons why I'm in love with him. He writes about the South and South Caroline low country in particular, as if it were another character - a flawed, beautiful lover - tarnished but still the object of great affection and devotion.
I really did not like this book at all. There were some parts that held my interest, and Conroy definitely has a beautiful way with words, but once you get fully invested in the book to find out what happens, it gets completely preachy with an agenda, and it really does not go back to what I thought was the main story. I couldn't stand the lack of moral compass of the characters, while trying to impress upon the reader a moral belief. Rarely do I get mad at audiobooks for wasting my time, but this one wasted my time. I struggled to finish, and it left me greatly wanting and not really liking anyone.
Say something about yourself!
If you watched the movie, forget about it and enjoy the book. I almost stop reading it after watching the cheesy movie.
It was interesting even though I had seen the movie years ago. It was better than the movie. Easy to listen to and I remembered where I was when picking up again after a few days.
What a great story! What a fantastic narrator! Well worth the credit. I cannot do the book justice by reviewing it, but just know the read is extremely satisfying on many levels, and at the end of it all I had the experience of not "knowing" where I was--it had transported me to a time and place so thoroughly. And the characters were so real that I could easily envision them all.