This was an incredible story of dysfunctional families, family devotion, love, fidelity, infidelity, mental illness, abuse, poverty and riches. It's a wonderful, triumphant story about the love of a family with some incredible hurdles - more than anyone on this earth should have to endure.
Glass House by J Walls, - except this was much, much more developed, rich in detail and character development.
No, but I certainly will after this. His performance was outstanding.
Tom Wingo - he allows us to understand and empathize with an unfamiliar life
This really took me by surprise - I had no idea it would be so incredible a listen. I wish all my choices were this fantastic!
Loved this book Awesome. Good story about a family from the south
mad me laugh inplaces
great southern family story
Musical Southern Story
It's like a lot of other southern literature that emphasizes the frailty and strength of the family
The world lost a great artist when Frank Muller died. I could listen to his reading all day.
Once this book gets going and I came to know the characters, who are expertly brought to life, I was hooked. Once the backdrop is established the story moves along briskly. The writing is beautiful.
The Wingos have been both horribly cursed and deeply blessed. Tom has a very close and tender relationship with twin Savannah and his older bother Luke. The overall tone is mostly melancholy and often heavy. A couple of the events are terrible and memorable and the author will not spare you the details.
The plot is intricate, unpredictable and the characters are very unique. The plot is set in the 60's and tells the life story of the protagonist, Tom Wingo and his devastating childhood and how we are ultimately shaped by our families and our past experiences. The story explores the complexities of human character, choices, flaws, values such as love, forgiveness and family loyalty. We are individuals responsible for examining our own lives and making personal choices.
Say something about yourself!
This book was already one of my favorites in written format. The story has touched me and stayed with me over many years. Every re-read reveals a new layer of depth. The parallel stories of the family and the man are thought provoking and riveting. However, the audio performance has taken the story to a new level. I will be seeking out every book this man has recorded. His voice acting has brought the story to life.
Pat Conroy is simply put one of the best authors alive today. It's a shame that he doesn't put out more books. I had seen the movie before listening to this. I was not a big fan of the movie. I am a big fan of the book. Conroy creates characters who are so real you feel like you know them. Muller completes the job of bringing them to life. A great book by one of my favorite authors.
This audiobook incorporates one of my favorite writers and my favorite all time narrators both at the peak of their abilities. Just a terrific combination.
Frank Muller is the best storyteller I have heard in years of listening to books on tape. We lost him at his peak and this book is as good as he has ever been.
This is one that I will listen to again.
Yes. Frank Muller's voices for each of his characters gives not only life and identity, but also depth and an reason to connect with them.
The deep, dark secret in the Wingo family!
I've driven 100 miles a day listening to audio books for 5 years. This is the best one yet. The way it is written and read is like poetry that played like a visual movie in my mind. It is unlike the other "read" books that you hear but don't fully listen too. This one is on the top shelf of my collection and I encourage you to take it in. It is more than just the story, it is the unraveling of words that are in itself art and truly enjoyable. I was impressed.
Pat Conroy's The Prince of Tides is the story of the Wingo family - past and present as told through the eyes of Tom Wingo. Tom’s life is a mess – he had lost his teaching/coaching job, had a nervous breakdown and a marriage that on the rocks. He grew up along with his 2 siblings in a dysfunctional family – at times an abusive father, a mother that was somewhat more caring, but was unable to protect her children from her husband, a mother that viewed her social ambitions as being more important than anything else including her life. Once more life is about to change for Tom when his beautiful and very talent twin sister Savannah tries once again to commit suicide. At the request Susan Lowenstein, Savannah's psychiatrist, Tom travels to NY City to meet with Dr. Lowenstein to unravel the secrets of her terrible childhood and in doing so helps to save him. During these meetings we the reader travel back to the low country of Charleston, SC and become intimate with the trials and tribulation of the Wingo family; where the good doctor’s helps to break down Tom's protective shell to discover the horrors that took place during the Wingo's childhood. It is also during these time times we get a little more insight into Lowenstein’s personal life, of her reclusive husband and bratty son and how Tom is able to help her mend her self-esteem.
Many years ago I read Pat Conroy’s Beach Music which became one of my all-time favorite books. His writing is . I am not so sure why I wait so very long to read another book of him.
This was actual an audiobook read my Frank Miller and was highly recommended by a Goodreads – Thank you Tracey. It took me sometime to feel comfortable with Frank’s narrative style – but some 22+ hours later thoroughly enjoyed his narration especially how he portrayed Tom’s humor, sarcasm – right down to his rudeness.