Unfortunately there is not an option for NO stars for this book....I don't know if I would have believed the poor reviews of other readers but I am convinced Pat Conroy did not write this book or his age (I really don't know how old he IS)has taken over. My 8th grade grandson who is flunking most every thing in school has written sentences with similes similar to the multiple ones in this example of how not to write!!!!
Please Mr Conroy come back and write something readable??
I enjoyed every minute of this book. Yes, sometimes it detailed a lot, but you get in the southern drawl groove and it all fits. Great reader.
This is a lovely, lyrical book about growing up in a small town, as part of the "out" group in high school. Mr Conroy has a lyrical, poetic mastery of words. As I read he evokes those memories, those feelings of not belonging, and trying to deal with the love or lack of love within a family, and moving past life changing events.
The story moves back and forth between the past and present. I found it easy to follow, and enjoyed understanding what happened to the characters as they matured. Some of it is a little unusual but the story is descriptive, and lovely. It is always interesting. I purchased it to keep it in my library and enjoy listening to it over and over.
Enjoyed this book, as always Conroy uses his humor to tell a tale of growing up in the south. I think I know these characters from my own childhood growing up in the south during the 60's.
Pat Conroy's Beach Music is my favorite book so downloading his latest was an easy decision. He lived up to my expectations. The pictures he paints with words are vivid, the relationships he creates are realistic and the story line was unexpected. The way he interweaves the lives of the characters kept me guessing and even when I was sure the direction the story was going, he let me know that you never know the direction life will take you. Reading his books always reminds me that everyone has a story, but not everyone can tell it with the fervor that Mr. Conroy imparts to his readers. I so enjoyed this listen that I felt I'd lost some friends when the book ended.