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B Cruz

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  • The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (184)

    Pat Conroy's father, Donald Patrick Conroy, was a towering figure in his son's life. The Marine Corps fighter pilot was often brutal, cruel, and violent; as Pat says, "I hated my father long before I knew there was an English word for 'hate.'" As the oldest of seven children who were dragged from military base to military base across the South, Pat bore witness to the toll his father's behavior took on his siblings, and especially on his mother, Peg. She was Pat's lifeline to a better world - that of books and culture.

    Candace says: "Brutal Narration - couldn't finish"
    "Absolutely aweful--not like his fiction at all"
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    Would you try another book from Pat Conroy and/or Dick Hill?

    Definitely would not read any non-fiction from Pat Conroy again.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Pat Conroy comes off as an insufferable, chauvinistic, narcissist. I found his fiction (Prince of Tides, Great Santini, South of Broad, Lords of Discipline) entertaining but this book was awful. I couldn't finish it--only got halfway through--it was too boring.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Forty Acres

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dwayne Alexander Smith
    • Narrated By Andre Blake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (91)

    Martin Grey, a smart, talented black lawyer working out of a storefront in Queens, becomes friendly with a group of some of the most powerful, wealthy, and esteemed black men in America. He's dazzled by what they've accomplished, and they seem to think he has the potential to be as successful as they are. They invite him for a weekend away from it all - no wives, no cell phones, no talk of business. But far from home and cut off from everyone he loves, he discovers a disturbing secret that challenges some of his deepest convictions.

    Jen says: "Exciting Social Conscience Twister"
    "B Movie Novel: Dreadful writing, predictable ending"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The premise of the novel is interesting, though a little creepy. The writing did not measure up.


    What could Dwayne Alexander Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Apparently the author is a screenwriter and the book reads like a bad made-for-TV movie. The writing was overly descriptive, pointing out the obvious and left nothing up to the imagination. Every trite thriller device was used here, e.g. the cable guy is the hired gun, etc.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was a little stiff but was probably tainted a little by the awful writing


    Any additional comments?

    I could barely get through this book. I was really disappointed given the high ratings. The book dragged in parts. The characters are completely flat. Most of the plot details are totally unrealistic/not at all believable. The ending was totally predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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