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.
Great book, great listen. Just finished the audio version for the second time. Though there were some mispronunciations, I didn't find them distracting and felt the narrator's voice/style was suited to the story. If you are thinking of purchasing this, go for it!
Wonderful author, wonderful narration. I loved the book, loved the character development, however, it did make me sad because the book rang so true one couldn't help but feel somewhat sad especially if you have a son! Pat Conroy is outstanding and I am sure this book will remain in your mind forever!
Without question, one of the best books I've ever read our listen too. The language was artistry, the pace, perfect, and the unfolding friendship of four military school cadets, unforgettable. A deep and passionate masterpiece set in the great South.
While the narration was great, the story itself became just too hard to listen to. I understand things are rough for cadets in places such as these, however, the language was, I feel, over the top and supremely offensive. I dont consider myself a prude and LOVE pat conroy, but this book was too graphic for me.