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Beach Music Audiobook
Beach Music
Written by: 
Pat Conroy
Narrated by: 
Jonathan Marosz
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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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    Michael 08-25-12
    Michael 08-25-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A multidimensional masterpiece"
    Would you listen to Beach Music again? Why?

    I will listen to it again, because it grabs you and won't let go. If it were just the dialog itself it would be enough, but there is so much more!


    What other book might you compare Beach Music to and why?

    Forest Gump comes to mind as a piece of comparable work and not just because of obvious subject matter, but because of its powerful story telling, and smart dialog.


    Who was the most memorable character of Beach Music and why?

    Jack, because he has an unapologetic way of honestly speaking the truth and what's on his mind.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is thought provoking and intelligent. Brings South Carolina to life in so many ways. Makes you long for that "Beach Music"

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bette 07-30-12
    Bette 07-30-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "expensive mismatch"

    Pat Conroy is one of the great American storytellers. Conroy's best novels weave together stories of the past to support a grand, almost archetypal story of the here and now. Beach Music felt quite the opposite, as though Conroy had several sweeping stories of the past that he really wanted to use and cobbled together a larger story of two simultaneous gatherings in the life of a Hero only to give the short stories context. The makeshift feeling context holds several superb and divergent short stories of Polish Ghettos under the Nazis, the Vietnam anti war movement, castaway boys on a little boat and many others.

    While listening to Beach Music, I kept thinking that if I were reading the book, I probably would not have finished it- but at the same time, lamented the pairing of Jonathan Marosz's very fine, almost urbane narration with Conroy's laid back storytelling style. I wanted a smoother, slower voice that dripped with the honey of the Carolina coast.

    Although I think Beach Music would have better been presented as a compilation of short stories, I recommend it: but not for two credits.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Thurman 07-05-11
    S. Thurman 07-05-11

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    "Good Summer Reading for Southerners ( or Wannabes)"

    Vintage Conroy...read Conroy to taste grits and shrimp, smell salt water, hear the drawl of Charleston. I love the southern flavor, but always lament Conroy's minimum requirements for enlistment as a Southern Belle... mysterious females born with Barbie doll figures, Mensa level IQ's, flawless skin, adorned by family diamonds (gifts from Sherman to grandmothers who saved homes...no towns... from being burned), mistress of all domestic arts, fluent in 6 languages (learned Italian and German while singing with the Met) ....and have at least one secret, illegitimate child by a brutal politician. I fall so short...but inspired to keep trying.

    1 of 1 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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    Grady 07-17-16
    Grady 07-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Monotone narrator"

    This was not one of my favorites by Pat Conroy. But I can't help but think I would of liked it better with s different narrator. It was painful til the end!

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    Belinda Melson-Kennedy 05-24-16 Member Since 2003
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    "Best Conroy ever!"

    I simply adore this book! Beautifully rich plot with gorgeous imagery. I feel in love with the family and wanted the book to never end. Must read!

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