This story had me engaged from the very beginning; you quickly begin to care about its characters and their lives. The narrator was excellent and a pleasure to listen to. The story weaves in and out of the lives of a particular southern family with all of the trials and tribulations of a very dysfunctional family, the details of which are gradually revealed throughout the story, and the issues that the siblings of this family eventually have to deal with.
There is much humor in the story, revealing all of the craziness of this family in a lighthearted way, for the most part.
The only thing that I had to get used to was that the story goes back and forth between the young family and the grown-up family. I thought I was missing certain things until I realized that those things had not been divulged yet. And my questions were answered further on in the book.
All in all, I loved this book and did not want it to end.
I'm 46 yrs old, work for a major airline in NYC. I listen to books when I'm stuck in traffic on the way to the airport.
The Prince of tides is one of the most beautifully written books I've ever read. No details are left out. The characters are rich, and well developed. The story line is deep. The narration is like a beautiful melody.
I was drawn into the South and the emotional complications, frustrations, and struggles of Tom Wingo and his sister in this epic story covering most of their adult lives. The narration was totally captivating. This was a listening experience that was hard to put down and I was sorry to have end.
I have worked so hard for so long that I've had very little time to read. Enter iPhone4; now an earbud has cut driving time while I enjoy!!!
I could not put this book down; even the movie could never do justice to the book. It is a work of art, both from the Author and the Narrator. What a Masterpiece!
An avid audio fan, I listen mainly whilst walking my dog. I enjoy many and varied subjects,history,travel,espionage,crime,anything good
Having been thrilled by the film with Nick Nolte and Barbra Streisand, I was wary of buying this audio.
But of course the book is so much richer in detail and atmosphere,I really felt that I was like a fly on the wall in the Wingos' home,and learned such a lot about the Southern way of life and mentality.The fact that I knew all about the terrible secret did not make the book any less tense or exciting,and Frank Muller was excellent.As Pat Conroy said in his introduction,Muller brings so many extra dimensions to the story.A treasure.
I've gone through over 200 books since signing up with Audible in 2003. Carefully chosen, many of the books I listen to deserve high honors, as they tell a good story, well orchestrated with excellent dialogue and believable characters, and narrated with panache. Of all those, Prince of Tides ranks in the rarified top ten percent. The story woven by Mr. Conroy is magnificently told, and I especially like the way the reader is carefully teased with mysteries long before being rewarded with an explanatory chapter. Frank Muller, as narrator, is incredible. The telling of this story could not be done any better by anyone else. It is a shame we have lost his talents. To those who have not yet enjoyed this novel, I promise you will not be dissapointed.
Conroy's masterful use of language places him with the world's great authors. I found myself marveling at the beauty of his words, even when dealing with difficult content. This book is not for those looking for a Disney experience. That said, it should be in everyone's library, and on every required reading list.
The narrator was superb. Parts of the story were superb. But, more than once, I felt continuity errors: for example, Tom goes to dinner several times with the therapist, paints his sister's apartment, visits and then gets banned from visiting his sister, complains about the length of the ban, and then says he's on his second week in NYC. Huh? Savannah supposedly has no recollection of major childhood events, but she spent over a week with Tom detailing these events in her journal just a few years ago. Huh? Also, the incredibility of the psychiatrist allowing Tom to take Savannah for an outing as his first reunion meeting after the ban and without supervision and without any joint therapeutic sessions was completely incredible.
I also felt, especially at the beginning, that some of the writing was just too dramatic: felt too sorry for itself in an unconvincing way. It didn't help that Tom's character as the jock and coach who somehow hid behind his brother rather than fight his own fights and also somehow was a gourmet cook, well-read intellectual, and emotionally stunted abused child just didn't fit together well.
The story was interesting and is a good hero myth (as told, not as far as truthfulness, I can't comment on how truthful its southern depiction is).
The story also brings out important themes:
- denial as a ineffective means to handle tragedy
- abuse as a devastating life-foundation. Actually, I found Tom too healed for his life story.
- greed and manipulation as unforgivable relationship destroyer.
- the desire of the abused to seek restoration with their abusers when the rest of us think they should flee and get restraining orders.
Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.
What a great narration and story. Very well written with fabulous character development. Did I mention the narration absolutely one of the best narrators ever.
Oh, this is just a wonderful book. I've read it at least a few times and have listened twice. Frank Muller is fantastic in combination with Pat Conroy and I can't recommend The Prince of Tides highly enough for a great, satisfying listen.