Amy Life long avid reader, especially of poetry, literary and popular fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and some non-fiction.
The narration was simply superb! I had previously read this book, but there is something about hearing a "Southern" book read in southern dialogue that makes the story come to life.
The most memorable moments occur when the full story of betrayal is revealed to Will McClain.
My favorite character was Dante Pignetti, the one completely loyal and guileless member of the class of 1967.
The most memorable character was Will McClain. Pat Conroy is a master of character development, and Will is the main character, a young man coming of age.
This is not only a coming of age story but a novel dealing with systemic evil, illustrating the corruption that absolute power brings with it, and the class structure of the Old South as Will McClain learned it in Charleston. In addition, Pat Conroy's prose is poetic and sensual. I fell into this book.
It's a coming of age story at a military school in the south in the 1960s, and a part of the story is the school being integrated. If the n word that rhymes with bigger bothers you, be warned that word is in the book many times. Otherwise, a decent story, decently performed. If you like other Conroy books you'd probably like this too.
J. Jason Gale
A young man's college career is spent suffering at the hands of a secret society. After four years he discovers the members and leader of the murderous cult. He calls them bad names and graduates. The end. The other eighteen hours are description and narration.
Okay, I gladly admit the description and narration are very well written; Conroy has a gift for words. And that added to my frustration: I anticipated a more satisfying story.
Books have two parts: What is said (the story and its structure); and How it's said (the words themselves). This work was a powerhouse of the latter but sorely wanted for the former. In the end, highfalutin words without a story are like boats with fancy sails adrift on the sand dunes in a desert.
One of my favorite!
I was reluctant to purchase this book, I am a HUGE Pat Conroy fan but wondered "am I going to enjoy a military story???" It is a great story, told wonderfully. Dan John Miller does a great job narrating. I am almost done with it and will be sad when it is over.
The story as well as the narrator; wonderful story that the narrator put to life.
The description of Charleston. I went to visit Charleston a month ago just because of the book. On my way there, I made my husband listen to the book too. He enjoyed it.
He was able to bring the different characters to life: I was suffering with them and laughing with them and crying with them too. What a great narrator!
Why do you want to change perfection?
Record Conroy's Beach Music read by the same narrator.
Avid audiobook listener and reader. I work in the tech industry, but like to go outside my comfort zone with fiction and non-fiction.
The story was interesting and engaging.
The story of the main character about his experience at The Citadel
He brought out each character with his skillful and subtle voices. It was amazing.
The story was excellent, but it lost me a bit at the end. Without giving any of it away, it seemed to get melodramatic and I was at the point where I just wanted it to end.
I favor history, non-fiction, lectures, and the occasional purely fictitious work. I also listen to many children's books with my family.
Well ... no.. not hated... but thought I wouldn't complete.
I felt that this book wouldn't be for me at all after listening for a hour or two, but I really loved Prince of Tides, and I listened on. The book was quite harsh in it's descriptions of the hazing and treatment of cadets and had me on the fence as to where things were headed. I would be reluctant to recommend this to folks who are easily put off by mental and physical torment, I know my wife wouldn't want to push through these.
Anyway, it didn't take Pat much longer to have me completely as he did with Tides. The story really is great and I was compelled to listen at every opportunity. One thing about the two Conroy books I have had the pleasure of listening to is that they are not feel-good books... and that's actually refreshing.
Well - I'm not really offering you much to go on here I guess... the story is, I guess, a coming of age tale set in a southern military institute (The Citadel) prior to the Vietnam War. The tale revolves around the narrator and a few key friends who must face a flawed system bent on creating 'the whole man'.
Still this does nothing but set the story a bit ... and I'm not sure how much more to provide in a review so i will just end by saying I highly recommend this book. It's one of my favorites of the past year. It lands just south of Prince of Tides - which surprised me since I found the beginning a challenge.
I have nearly 300 Audible titles in my library, and this one somehow got lost in the mix for over a year. When I finally spotted it, I couldn't for the life of me understand why I had made the purchase. The author's prologue at the beginning had me scratching my head as to how I could have made such a colossal mistake with a credit (in retrospect it would have worked better at the end...at least for me). Fifteen minutes into the book however, the author and the narrator had me hooked on one of my favorite audible rides of all time.
The richness of his characters, enhanced by the talent of the narrator in giving voice to each, and Conroy's ability to describe people and things in ways that border on profound, had me rewinding the story time and again to listen and marvel (this has not happened in any other Audible book). I reflected to my wife as I completed this book, that Conroy had likely spoiled me, that I would not be as satisfied with any future Audible title because it simply wouldn't match the writing style.
The author's experiences provide a depth of understanding of the time and place, and his descriptions of Charleston had me ready to make a detour. I would highly recommend you start this when you've got a really long trip or time to dedicate to the listen, because I simply did not want to stop.
This book gripped me with all the levels of love and hate for the school, his peers, and himself. I usually only listen to books in the car, but I couldn't stop with this one. I listened while cooking, cleaning, showering.. If I could have listened to it in one sitting - I would have!
The narrator did a great job using a different voice for each character. It's not often a man does a good job with women's voices, but he did an excellent job! Also, his southern accent sounded genuine, which was appreciated since I am a southerner.
I do not believe all that I read in this world, that is fool's work. If this book about the truth about an American institution at any time in our history, shame, shame, shame on us. What a disgrace. If this is pure fiction, well done for the most part, but I would then have great issues with the casual, almost dismissive way Pig was exited from the narration towards the end. I do also take issue with the snotty, high-minded better than thou portrayal of the protagonist at the end which is why I find the tale hard to believe as pure truth. Others will disagree of course. Now, if you want to talk of the homoeroticism, the intense relationships developed, then it's a great book and honest. Obviously to me, it's a mixed bag save one redeeming feature and that is the narration. Dan John Miller is a genius and brought it all alive no matter the character, voice of same or situation. Bravo Dan! One last thing, just because some of this book rubbed me the wrong way, I do not dismiss the author's talent. He wrote things as he saw and felt, truth or fiction and I envy his abilities and shall move on to try The Great Santini next.