Say something about yourself!
As brilliant as Pat Conroy is, you will have to get past the struggles of his own narration. Having said that, there is must to embrace about this book. One person's view on how books laid the groundwork for their writing life might not be earth shattering, but, its Pat Conroy, and that makes the difference. Get past the grit in his voice and just bask in what he learned and why he learned it. It is inspiring and beautiful. Not the narration, did I mention that? Everything else.
Yes. Conroy gives lots of information on the authors and books that he loved and that influenced him. I thought that might be a guide as to how I should spend some of my reading time.
I laughed when I read about Conroy's trip down the Chattooga just because he had read Deliverance, by Dickey.
Yes. The professional narrator is better for his fiction, but he is better for talking about himself.
As a huge fan of Pat Conroy's books I was excited to see that he narrated this himself. It is very interesting to hear "My Reading Life" in his voice because it is a personal account of his life. I particularly enjoyed hearing about his interaction with other writers in the Atlanta area and the places they would hang out and meet. It also gives some insight into and further appreciation for many of his novels. I have always wanted to meet him and after listening to this audio book I felt as if I had.
A very enjoyable tour of the literary influences that helped shape Pat Conroy as a writer. It is relatively short and very entertaining. Any reader will find useful perspectives on books familiar and unknown, as well as opinions with which to disagree. The fine, Southern-accenting reading by the author himself is a great bonus.
Having just listened to The Prince of Tides & loving the often lyrical writing, I was anxious to hear more about the author. I was not disappointed! Learning more about his life deepens one's appreciation of his books (and frankly, all literature). Made me want to stop my life and just immerse myself in literature!
Conroy's mother. Her amazing dedication to educating herself and her children was awesome to hear.
At first you wish perhaps a more polished reader read the book, but you quickly are drawn into Conroy's passion and dedication to his art. Would not have been so personal without his own narration.
I always wonder which part of a book most closely resembles an author 's real life. How amazing that one of the most fantastical parts of The Prince of Tides is based on a true character from his real life (scary big criminal guy). It is also very rare that I have laughed out loud at certain parts of a book and also felt so moved and inspired about other parts. I still laugh thinking about the librarian episode. And I just downloaded 60-some hours of War abd Peace! Don't know about W&P, but if Pat Conroy says it's a great book, I'm willing to give it a go!
Excellent book, enjoyed it very much I would recommend this book to every person.
The book is very interesting and very captivating.
Everyone can benefit from reading this book.
Pat Conroy does an amazing job of reading this book
A fascinating read.
Since I have read many of Conroy's books, this gave me insight into his writings.
He brings his own voice.....always a plus from any author.
No, I could easily put it down but wanted to go back to it.
If you have read and enjoyed Conroy's book, this book will interest you. It gives background to his characters, his life and the people who have influenced him. He also mentions many books that have influenced his writings. A great book club selection!
I have not read the print version so I don't have an opinion as to the difference. I rarely read the print version if I hear the audio version.
The story of the time spent with the publisher's representative was a treat. There is a brutal reality to the book business at the point where the interest of the book stores and the book authors/publishers some together. In addition, the character of the book rep was refreshingly honest.
The book publisher's rep.
I was moved by the recommendations for the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and the Dostoyevsky endorsement.
I'll remember these comments about reading for a long time.
This is my first audiobook and it was a great listen.
The author reading the book was great.
Not a thing.
Mama made me do it.
The book touched me ... i love reading myself and the way Conroy describes his love affair with his books is amazing ... this books made me dream