What I liked most about this book is that it is not a formula story. The story does not follow a set pattern where every trail leads to the predictable end. I loved the depth of the characters and found myself drawn into this book more than I had anticipated.
Pat Conroy's rich prose wonderfully describes life as a cadet at the Citadel with several intricate mysteries with surprising endings as a bonus. A must read for Conroy fans!
Fantastic book, and a fantastic first listen on Audible. I was kind of skeptical about how I'd take to audiobooks, but I found myself spellbound--looking for reasons to keep listening. Miller does an excellent job of differentiating characters with his voice, and he seems the perfect choice to portray narrator Will McLean. Highly recommended.
I am an assistant professor (ready to retire in July 2012) at Eastern OregonUniversity who plays ukulele, bass and sings in as many bands as
I listen to a lot of audiobooks.This is one of the best I have heard. I will not forget this book---ever! The narrator of this sad, riveting tale made me want to ignore everything to listen to more of the story. Conroy has the skill to steep the listener into the physical world yet portray the deep-inner thoughts of all the characters. The characters are believable and the turns of fate and choice make their relationships memorable. I learned a lot about integrity, honor, and truth from this book.
I liked the book but found that it dragged a little in the middle. Seemed to be just more college boy pranks. But as the story developed I found it very intriguing. It was a disturbing and sad story. Dan Miller did an exceptional job as narrator, he took on the personality of each character. Once I got into the story, the last third, I couldn't put it down.
I thought he was a pretty good reader, but his mispronunciations were distracting. Fete, effete, papist, archtype are a few.
This is the best book I've read or listened to in many years ... extremely literate, great characterizations, plot twists and turns. It's alternately sweet, frightening, gruesome, beautiful, poetic, and always interesting. I'm not ashamed to say that there were tears in my eyes as the book ended. Highly, highly recommended.
First I read The Prince of Tides - soooo good! When I saw this on sale, I thought, hey, that guy wrote that other book I liked - so I bought it and WOW! Now I think I have another new favorite author!! The Southern novel has not been my main genre, though I've dipped into it through the years (Carson McCullers, and of course To Kill a Mockingbird, and a few others) and Pat Conroy fits right in with what I assume are the best. This book is full of great characters who are very intricate - no saints, no demons, just people who have a depth that we slowly get to see and appreciate. Definitely excellent - would recommend to anybody.
The book is outstanding but the reading is even better. Dan John Miller's performance is the best I have ever heard.