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
"Astonishing...stunning...the range of passions and subjects that brings life to every page is almost endless." (The Washington Post Book World)
I love everything Pat Conroy and try to read all his books, so I will not give a poor rating on the content. But this unbearable fake Southern accent makes me want to throw something at my iPhone. I grew up in South Carolina and have NEVER heard an accent like this EXCEPT by actors (including Kevin Spacey) who do absolutely no research and fall back on this horrible sound for movies, plays and audiobooks. Not only is this NOT A SOUTHERN ACCENT, it's not even pretty. Would love to review this book but will have to get the Kindle edition because this is absolutely unbearable to hear.
Epic story, felt there were too many incredible different story lines. Learned so much about wars of so many types, that was good insight got me.
Life in HooterVille is GREAT!
The diverse character personification, both male and female, by this narrator was superb. Given the fact that the characters were portrayed with ample voice inflection, I can not help but wonder that the more monotonous tone employed buring story narration was by design as excessive inflection during story telling, can itself lead to monotony.
Listen to books EVERY DAY driving in Atlanta traffic! I love exciting non-fiction, mystery, series and lengthy books. Every once in a while I will listen to rock start autobiographies to break up the routine.
I could have done either for this book.
The ending and the matriarch being so sick. Hearing a son's love for his mother pour out in his grief. Touching.
His southern accent was a little "put on" and I find myself with a truer one.
This is the second version of this wonderful novel that I have heard, and it exceeded my expectations. My favorite part was the last chapter and the epilogue. The narrator – the second one I've heard do this story – was excellent. I had selected the story you shared with my wife, and she loved it as well. (Eric Schneider)
I read this book when it came out and am surprised how much I forgot. Maturity gave me a fresh perspective. It is a great ride still.
If you have any recollection of the Vietnam years, this will be an interesting fresh look from the point of view of college age southern boys and girls.
The second book I've read -and could not stop listening to - by Pat Conroy. The character development is superb and he brings to life and memory one of my favorite places in the world; Charleston, SC.
Pat Conroy's books are better with an authentic Chicago accent than a grating bad southern accent. This is a good book with a bad accent. Still enjoyable but I wish the narrator of Death iof Santini narrated all his books.
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