With each book that Pat Conroy writes I find myself captivated by the aching beauty of his words. Each book leaves me believing that there is no way he can get better; yet each time he does get better.
Anyone with deep love for the written word and a passion for the beauty of those words must read Pat Conroy's works.
I have never found another writer that can make my heart and soul ache with a desire for the next page as this writer.
one of the best books i have ever "read" audio or otherwise. a superlative writer, a true word artiste, a story teller of the highest caliber, and most important, it is about being human and about life. a wonderful approach to time line changes that makes it all happen! rich, and full of mind jolting awakenings. A must read. now if i only had an idea what to read after this best of the best.....
I particularly love Pat Conroy books in audiobook format since it is so nice to have his wonderful descriptions read to you. Part of what I LOVE about his books is how well he takes you to every location through his words. He makes me want to head south. The story and characters in the book are really brought to life. I didn't want the book to end.
I have enjoyed Pat Conroy's previous work, but in this one, he is coasting. No effort to create depth in any character-everyone is a stereotype. To make it worse, they are stereotypes from the '60's and '70's! I guess if you have pointless characters, it logically follows that they meander through the book in a fugue. This wss a disappointment!
Addicted to Audible!
I enjoyed this book, great characters, plot, beautiful prose but the downfall was the length of the book, it should have been more carefully edited, it was tooo long
I too feel this is a stitched together story made from unfinished leftovers. It felt disjointed as though some unpublished work was thrown together to make a book. Some segments were well developed and good reading but didn't mesh will with other parts of the story. I only hope this is just cleaning off the shelves in preparation for a new and better book by Mr.Conroy because he can write some great stories.
Absolutely ridiculous plot and cringe inducing narration. I've lived in the Lowcountry my whole life including years in Charleston as a college student in the '70's. I'm not sure I will even be able to finish listening to this one. Maybe if I give up the audio version and try to read it instead my nausea will subside enough to enjoy Pat's prose and overlook the silliness of the story. Bless the narrator's heart- good Southern accents are rare on audiobooks and authentic Charlestonian is way beyond his abilities.
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.
The main character is a subtle study of a classic Conroy man. The only problem is that he is surrounded by 4 or 5 melodramas. Each one would be part of a remarkable coincidence, but together they overwhelm a good story to the point of almost silliness.
This didn't stop me from enjoying the book, but I thought it was far lesser of a book than any of his previous ones. Almost every person is a caricature, and their fates just didn't mean much to me in the end.
I still was glad I bought it, but I would make sure I heard every other Conroy book before this.
(The southern accent was tolerable except when he slipped into "Mawlie" instead of Mollie - it made me cringe every time.)