I never saw the movie that was made out of this book, and I'm glad I didn't. I'm glad I didn't have any preconceived ideas of who these characters were. I was AMAZINGLY surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I LOVED the narrator and I loved the content. I was very sad to see it end.
I avoided this book for years because of the film version's connection with Barbra Streisand. This is a great book. One of the best that I have read/listened.
Having seen the ads for the movie I really never expected this story to pull me in as quickly as it did. Pat Conroy is by far one of the best storytellers I have had the pleasure to listen to. Frank Muller reads this story as if it was written for his voice. This book is powerful, sad, and funny all wrapped into one and I hated for it to end.
Hard core Audble listener, been listening to recorded books since they were on casset tape...
Wonderful prose melodically read by the great Frank Mueller.
I listen to this when it was first recorded (had to have been close to 20 years ago, I know it was on cassette tapes) and was so moved by it then I knew it would merit another listen. I was not wrong, it was even more touching and beautiful with age.
I've just wasted a credit. Giving up at chapter three. Some nicely written passages but the extensive dialogue is flat and flat out false.
I'm a huge fan of over-the-top when it's gorgeous and shocking and pays for its literary misdemeanors with raw beauty, but this book is little more than half-assed soap opera. I'd easily overlook all the implausibilities if the main character wasn't such so tiresome. Too bad too - there were decent moments and glints in the eyes of some characters. And the world absolutely needs more discussion and books written about the particular trauma he and his family went through, but it's better done elsewhere.
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!