I rate this book a low "B" compared to Conroy's earlier "A" works (The Water is Wide, The Great Santini, etc.) Character development and story line are erratic; both seem to run out of steam toward the end of the book. The narrative depiction of Charleston is vintage Conroy, however, and quite enjoyable. The narrator took some getting used to -- fake Southern accent was very distracting and the mispronunciations irritating (Molly's last name of "Huger" is pronounced "You-Gee," NOT "Huggie"). Not sorry I bought this book but not one to re-read, unlike the Conroy classics.
I like Pat Conroy's style of writing - this particular one seemed to jump around a little. On audio I found myself wondering if I skipped some chapters.
What has Pat Conroy been doing for 14 years? And what kind of parents would call their daughter "Sheba"? I dislike the naming of characters with exotic names, to sort of make the reader think that person is ""special". The publisher's summary mentions the suicide of the protagonist's brother as a key incident, so as to make you think the book is about family dynamics in adjusting to tragedy. However the tragedy merely plays a background role - so far - and I've only read a few chapters but I cannot go on with this self-indulgent drivel from the mouths of overgrown high-school students with nothing better to do than party.
What editor in his/her right mind would consider this serious literature? I's no more than a daytime TV soap opera read by a baritone voice that reminds me of that old governor of Georgia, George Wallace.
If you like Charleston, as so many of the positive reviewers do, you may like this shallow exploration into post-adolescent angst delivered by a southern baritone voice that will remind you of the worst preachers (of any faith) to which your parents dragged to of a Saturday or Sunday morning.
Pat you have let me down.
Which Pat Conroy REALLY wrote this book? Surely not the same one who wrote "Prince of Tides" and "Lords of Discipline." I suspect the author was under the influence of chick lit, soap operas, and cliche coming of age books when he wrote it. Or maybe he dug out some notes from 25 yrs ago for a wisely-unfinished novel, and, unable to write as he once did, succumbed to his publisher's pressure and handed this abomination over.
Pat Conroy lives up to his wonderful writing style. What a different book! Fate, friendship, an coming of age...highly recommend! The narrator was fantastic! I want to go to Charleston...wish I were a Charlestonian! Lynn :)
Wanted to like this book but found it tooooo unbelievable. Every event in recent American history seemed to feature and none in any depth. Endings tied up a bit too well.
Did enjoy the narrator.
Yes would try again I have heard good things about Pat Conroy
Did not really get to like the characters
No. Well if there was I would not be enticed to read it
I thought this book would never end. Mr. Conroy, please get a new editor. The dialogue was lame. The story was OK at best.
I have enjoyed other books by this author and will read him again.
Yes, I would recommend this to anyone who loves to be swept away by hypnotic prose.
I was completely captivated by South of Broad's Author-Reader combination. This audio book was unlike any I've ever experieced. The way this story ties together at the end is pure genius. Finished listening while sitting in my car (on a Saturday night) see . . I listen to audio books on my daily 3 hour work commute . . . and couldn't wait until Monday to finish it! Mark's voice is mesmerizing, No other reader could have pulled this reading off with the same effectiveness. AMAZING!!!!! This is Pat's best in my opinion, Wish for more books by Pat with Mark as the reader please??? MORE - MORE - MORE!!!!