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Beach Music Audiobook

Beach Music

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Publisher's Summary

Pat Conroy is without doubt America's favorite storyteller, a writer who portrays the anguished truth of the human heart and the painful secrets of families in richly lyrical prose and unforgettable narratives.

Now, in Beach Music, he tells of the dark memories that haunt generations, in a story that spans South Carolina and Rome and reaches back into the unutterable terrors of the Holocaust.

Beach Music is about Jack McCall, an American living in Rome with his young daughter, trying to find peace after the recent trauma of his wife's suicide. But his solitude is disturbed by the appearance of his sister-in-law, who begs him to return home, and of two school friends asking for his help in tracking down another classmate who went underground as a Vietnam protester and never resurfaced. These requests launch Jack on a journey that encompasses the past and the present in both Europe and the American South, and that leads him to shocking--and ultimately liberating--truths.

Told with deep feeling and trademark Conroy humor, Beach Music is powerful and compulsively readable. It is another masterpiece in the legendary list of classics that his body of work has already become.

©2009 Pat Conroy; (P)2009 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Astonishing...stunning...the range of passions and subjects that brings life to every page is almost endless." (The Washington Post Book World)

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    Jennifer Huntington beach, United States Minor Outlying Islands 08-22-10
    Jennifer Huntington beach, United States Minor Outlying Islands 08-22-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Best Book I've Listened to in Years."

    I absolutely loved this book. The author had me from the first chapter and the relationships in the book were at times so touching and others completely hilirous. I had never read any of Pat Conroy's books. I am now a huge fanl.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Clay Johnson 06-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Captures you from the beginning!"

    Pat pulled me right into the story and made me feel like I was right there in it. I felt like I knew well each of the important people that brought the story to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie 06-19-16
    Marjorie 06-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "One of my favorites"

    I would recommend this book to anyone who loves beautiful writing, characters you fall in love with and story that is hard and heartbreaking but resolves in a way that leaves you smiling with your heart full.
    I have read his books but really appreciate what an excellent writer and poet he is when i hear it read out loud.
    This is a rich beautiful novel that you won't want to be over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Library Volunteer Oklahoma City, OK United States 10-23-14
    Library Volunteer Oklahoma City, OK United States 10-23-14 Member Since 2008

    A Book and a Cat: Nothing more

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    "Another dysfunctional family in a Conroy epic"

    I am a Pat Conroy fan. His novels are complex, and there's always someone quite deranged in the plot somewhere. This venture is set once again in SC low country, steeped in Southern culture (with all its virtues and vices), and oozing with messy family relationships. There is romance, tragedy, and hard-won dignity.

    Spend some hours contemplating how the characters got to this point, and how they will go forward.

    A worthwhile read.

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    L.W. 07-05-11
    L.W. 07-05-11

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Great Book..."

    I love Pat Conroy...Love his books. When I could still read books I this one and loved it. It is tragic and awesome and epic. Beautifully written. Loved the interview Audible did with this writer.
    After my first listen this narrator was good, sounds southern but he just talks too fast when the characters are talking to one another. That being said I have criticized narrators before and regretted it. I really appreciate the work they do.
    Pat Conroy is timeless and his writing eternal. He will make you laugh and cry and break your very heart. Historically worldwide these things either break you or you perservere. I believe you can enjoy this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Wallen Danderyd, Sweden 04-20-11
    Wallen Danderyd, Sweden 04-20-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A nice story - but too lenghty"

    I don't quite know what to make of this book. I thought the first part was interesting, but then the author tried to write too long a book, in my opinion. The characterization of the protagonist and his life is quite good, but the other persons become mere sketches, which is probably OK in a book that deals a lot with the protagonist. It always irritates me when authors set their rather ordinary (invented) people up against real events, and Pat Conroy cannot resist that either in this book. I felt that the story was in essence told after the first part, and then you have three more parts, where very little development occurs. I actually thought the book ended after three parts, and to my astonishment discovered there was a fourth part. It could well have ended after the third part, because the fourth brings about a "Hollywood-type Happy End". I think the author and the readers would have benefitted from the author exerting more self discipline in embroidering the story, and Pat Conroy should have restrained herself more in outflow of mere words. Pat Conroy should have listened to the old rule: If you are unsure about what to write - don't!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemarie Fishkill, NY, United States 01-27-17
    Rosemarie Fishkill, NY, United States 01-27-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Disappointed with writing and characters"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't recommend it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration was mediocre. It did not add to the book. All the characters sounded similar.


    Any additional comments?

    Beach Music is not well written and the plot is ludicrous. This novel is full of cliche language and characters. I have liked Pat Conroy's other novels (e.g., Prince of Tides) but this ones is substandard due to poor writing and a melodramatic plot. It comes across as overblown, arrogant, and fake. Beach Music is like a silly soap opera where the main characters undergo a string of tragedies (e.g., suicide, terrorism, being lost at sea, the holocaust, rapes, murders, incest, mental illness, etc.) but in the end all is well. This novel is absurd and moreover, the the writing is terrible (i.e., mixed metaphors, poorly constructed sentences, bad grammar, rampent tense errors, etc).

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    Emma 01-24-17
    Emma 01-24-17
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    "What happened?"

    The narrator is horrible. I thought I could get past that , but the story just doesn't go anywhere. I am horribly disappointed because I've saved this book knowing it would be great.

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    mark 01-24-17
    mark 01-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Conroy's best work"

    From the rich imagery to the complex characters, Beach Music delivers a great experience....something new with each reading

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    Amazon Customer California 01-05-17
    Amazon Customer California 01-05-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Pat Conroy's Beach Music is just great writing"

    His phrases are full of subtle after taste like fine wine. the story is moving, surprising, and healing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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