I loved this book from beginning to end.
Firstly, it's not just one story but a patchwork of many intersecting stories. Reading it is like peeling an onion as the author skillfully uncovers layer after layer and reveals its secrets. The dialogue is brilliant, the stories told with great passion and sincerity and I found myself laughing out loud in some of the scenes and I cried as the author personalized the impact of the holocaust on a Southern family.
Probably the scene of the four friends on the fishing trip, when they find themselves in the grip of terrifying nature and they can do nothing to avoid or control. Pat Conroy skillfully reveals levels of character, world view and spirituality in the way the characters endure their trial by water.
Yes, I couldn't put it down and it made me crazy every time my smartphone battery went flat and I had to stop reading till it re-charged.
In particular I would like to praise the reader of the book. I so enjoyed his beautiful Southern drawl and the way he expressed the different personalities. I would love to read more narrated by Jonathan Marosz.
of course ,like watching a good movie you always miss something.
very emotional for me, touches a lot of different parts of my life.
When mr. fox tries to make him understand what him tell ing his story to Shayla did to her.How it affected her making her feel she had lived by mistake.*2 Grandma and Leigh with the turtles.
READ THIS BOOK !!!
just fueling my book addiction
The characters, so many amazing characters! Its so easy to get wrapped up in the amazing detail of each of their stories.
Pat Conroy is such an elegant writer. He puts so much thought in to the details and backstories of each aspect of the book.
This book includes some heartbreaking stories about the holocaust, losing loved ones, and relationships ending and beginning.
This is one of my favorite books of all time.
Pat Conroy's ability to convey so much truth about humanity and the deep enduring influence of family dynamics, and his incredibly rich use of language and words to accomplish what he does!
This would be in my top 3 books.
Jack was such a complex character which made him very interesting.
I've not listened to any of his other recordings but you can bet I'll be looking for them now.
I listen on my commute to work and unfortunately this book was so good I would sit in my car, in the parking garage, on Chicago's minus 45 degree mornings to listen to just a little bit more. I received some strange looks.
I am a big fan of Pat Conroy's books. I think he tells a great story and I enjoyed how he explored each character's past. Narrator was excellent also.
Maybe. Clearly the author is a strong writer…perhaps better in a different book. Jonathan Marosz was often just reading the book rather then immersed in expressing the story. His voice was nice but often tedious.
Much of the story line is unrealistic, old loathsome relationships don't come together as in the book. Also, the emotions put forth in the book are extremely conflicting and often seem like the rants of a spoiled child expressed in grown up and over flowery analogies.
If you are interested in nonstop glorification of southern living with a backdrop of the holocaust, this book is for you.
I have listened to several Pat Conroy's books and I love the author. I am really sad to have not been able to appreciate this one as much as the others because of the pitiful narrator who seems to have other things to do than enjoying the reading.
I did not hear the music, just a monotone torrent of words.
His tone was flat and boring and I truly think he was bored also by his reading.
No. I persisted in my listening because of the trust I have in Pat Conroy and I did not want to let it go...that was hard.
Yes because it's full of everything I love in a book. The characters are fully developed, varied in their likability, and easily pictured. It has laughter, love, sadness, spirituality, and everything in between. Pat Conroy is a master story teller. I love a good story and this is a great story.
The relationships between all of the characters, especially Jacks family.
John Hardin had the best developed voice. His was the most distinct. But Jack was the central character and he was my favorite in the story.
The end with Lucy was very touching for me. Don't want to say what it was, but that got to me the most. Of coarse the holocaust stories were tragic and moving, but so horrific I only listened with one ear.
I thought I had read all of Pat Conroy's books. I passed this one over time and again for that reason. But when I bought this one I realized I had not read it. I was so glad. I thought I was going back to an old friend but I found a new one. You won't waste a credit on this book.
A series of shorter more focused books would have been much more enjoyable -- and satisfying. This, like his other work, has a feeling of autobiography, still, I didn't need the entire thing in one "read". I was exhausted and not all that enriched by the experience of listening to this book.