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  • South of Broad

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1241)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (442)

    Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of 13, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him

    Pamela says: "Authors Need to Review Pronunciations"
    "Overwrought and overwritten"
    Overall

    Like so many of the other reviewers, I am a long-time and devoted Conroy fan. And there is no doubt the man can put the words together. His descriptions are pitch perfect. Unfortunately, in South of Broad, the story itself does not hold up its end of the bargain. Takes too long to get started, and it feels to me as if the descriptions and lovely writing style obscure the lack of story. I just hope that it wasn't on purpose.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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