I bought this book only because the late great Frank Muller narrated it and Conroy told how much of a gift it was to listen to his book being read by Mr. Muller.
Boy you can't say enough about Frank.
This book gripped me so hard right from the beginning. But the bad language and graphic violence and one graphic rape scene keep me from being able to recommend it.
Having said that, some scenes Conroy lays out and writes like a wonderful poet, in his descriptions through out the book. Wow, can he turn a phrase! His visual and scene descriptions were very memorable.
But after this one, I have to listen to a lot of really nice, slow gentle ones to kind of clean my mind out.
Frank Muller takes you there, his voice is a lullaby but he makes the words live and dance around you. This was my first Pat Conroy book, and I doubt it can be beaten...it has made me wary to purchase more.
Each character is inexplicably linked, it is unfair to turn the spotlight on only one. Each character is flawed and human but inherently beautiful because they have their own story to tell.
Frank Muller makes the words dance. He has this resonance that makes you feel like you are there on the islands. I think he makes Pat Conroy's work even more beautiful and evocative.
A beautiful novel perfectly narrated by a true artist.
This is my first Pat Conroy reading and I loved it. I look forward seeking out all his books to read them.
I had reservations as the movie didn't appeal to me. I thoroughly loved the eloquent writing and wit of this book. I truly hope his other novels are as well written.
Really a great book, well written by the author and well performed by the narrator.
Do not be intimidated by the length, it is so engrossing, you will be surprised how quickly it goes.
It was so great I could not stop listening. Not only is the writing amazing, and the story beautiful and touching, it is read perfectly.