very dramatic and heart felt! I read it because it relates to my favorite vacation spot but I have been looking for additional titles from the same author..I highly recommend it!
Vintage Conroy...read Conroy to taste grits and shrimp, smell salt water, hear the drawl of Charleston. I love the southern flavor, but always lament Conroy's minimum requirements for enlistment as a Southern Belle... mysterious females born with Barbie doll figures, Mensa level IQ's, flawless skin, adorned by family diamonds (gifts from Sherman to grandmothers who saved homes...no towns... from being burned), mistress of all domestic arts, fluent in 6 languages (learned Italian and German while singing with the Met) ....and have at least one secret, illegitimate child by a brutal politician. I fall so short...but inspired to keep trying.
I don't quite know what to make of this book. I thought the first part was interesting, but then the author tried to write too long a book, in my opinion. The characterization of the protagonist and his life is quite good, but the other persons become mere sketches, which is probably OK in a book that deals a lot with the protagonist. It always irritates me when authors set their rather ordinary (invented) people up against real events, and Pat Conroy cannot resist that either in this book. I felt that the story was in essence told after the first part, and then you have three more parts, where very little development occurs. I actually thought the book ended after three parts, and to my astonishment discovered there was a fourth part. It could well have ended after the third part, because the fourth brings about a "Hollywood-type Happy End". I think the author and the readers would have benefitted from the author exerting more self discipline in embroidering the story, and Pat Conroy should have restrained herself more in outflow of mere words. Pat Conroy should have listened to the old rule: If you are unsure about what to write - don't!
I love Pat Conroy and this book is no exception. It took me a good long time to not be distracted by the narrators flat unemotional reading - however, he got much better as the book went on and I ended up thinking he had done a really good job. The main story has many shorter stories within as it goes back to look at the lives of many of the more minor characters. The book is full of Conroy's usual beautiful women and wisecracking characters.
I absolutely loved this book. The author had me from the first chapter and the relationships in the book were at times so touching and others completely hilirous. I had never read any of Pat Conroy's books. I am now a huge fanl.
Not a friend from the region, at least the audio version.
Mr. Conroy's books have a distinctive feel, pace and wit. Prince of Tides has the same feel.
Yes, I'm about to do just that.
Yes! Write a book based in the south that doesn't need an accented reading.
Mr. Marosz did a good job, but the low country accent is something I just can't abide. Although it may be technically correct, it sounds like a foreign tongue in this reading. I'll just read this one.
Just an excellent story and writing.Pat Conroy makes me want to be from The South, and in fearful awe of its inherent eccentricity all at the same time.
Say something about yourself!
Was great to experience this book again...this time being read to me...
the depth of the characters
the 'priest'...no spoilers!
The literary world has lost a great author...with the passing of Pat Conroy...I hope there's a vault of books that will be released over time...but I doubt we could get that lucky! 'Prince of Tides' is another amazing listen on Audible...
Someone with a real southern accent - actually a coastal South Carolina accent. Not only is the accent so very annoying, but his voice is harsh and irritating and he seems to be rushing through.
Anything by Pat Conroy! His grasp of language and imagery is beyond compare.
Never. I'm not even sure I can finish listening to this one.
I read this in book form more years ago than I want to admit, but the story, as his stories often do, made me feel many things. Anger, sadness, hope, the depth of love we hold for each other. Pick an emotion, you'll find it in Pat Conroy!
Listened to after Conroy's death...I had read the book ages ago and loved it. I would have to put it in the middle, because the narrator ruined the story for me.
Jack, of course. He is vulnerable, yet strong, impacted by life events, but keeps going for his daughter Leah.
He seemed to think that droppin' G's from every word that ends in "ing" sounds Southern. The worst Southern accent I've ever heard. I love this story so much, I plowed through despite the narration, but he is reallllllly hard to listen to.
Could only take so much of the narration, but with a better narrator, absolutely!