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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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    "Wonderful book - merely adequate narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Beach Music the most enjoyable?

    Pat Conroy's wonderful writing kept me listening, despite the pain of listening to Jonathan Marosz's dreadful accents.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His South Carolina accent sounded completely false, but his Italian pronunciation was so bad as to be painful.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader might be fine if he didn't have to contend with accents that he is not good at, but he detracts greatly from the book. I hope this book will be re-recorded with a reader who can do justice to the accents.

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    Sheri Chin 02-09-16
    Sheri Chin 02-09-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story"
    What made the experience of listening to Beach Music the most enjoyable?

    The multi-layered story that goes from the South to Italy and the past to the present.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The character of Lucy is my favorite - a strong and determined woman and a real character!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Lucy was being treated for cancer....very touching and also the mock trial with the priest.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my favorite books of all time and to be able to listen to it as well as read it is a true bonus. I was so glad when it finally became available on audible and on Kindle.

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    Dan 01-28-16
    Dan 01-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very good book"

    The book had a great story line. Took a little while to get used to the narrators voice and the authors deeply descriptive style. All in all very good book.

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    kathryn Woodinville, wa, United States 01-18-16
    kathryn Woodinville, wa, United States 01-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Exquisite!"

    As a voracious reader, it seems I have a new life best choice! This story was so beautifully articulated, I was a voyeur in a world I haven't lived but so much more hopefully wise.

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    S.A. 01-14-16
    S.A. 01-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Thoroughly engrossing, highly recommend"

    Marosz does the book and its author an incredible injustice. The constant mispronunciation of Italian and even English words is insulting, and his interpretation of a Southern accent is as grating as described by other reviewers.

    In spite of that, the book is wonderful, the characters rich, and the writing is vivid and often laugh-out-loud funny.

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    lainesweb 01-03-16
    lainesweb 01-03-16
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    "Unbearable Foghorn Leghorn Accent Ruins Book"
    What disappointed you about Beach Music?

    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.


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    Petunia East Tawas, MI, United States 11-14-15
    Petunia East Tawas, MI, United States 11-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyed the story, became a bit tedious"

    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.

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    Allan H. Langille Inverary ON Canada 08-19-15
    Allan H. Langille Inverary ON Canada 08-19-15 Member Since 2012

    Life in HooterVille is GREAT!

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    "A well narrated story with depth."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes.


    What about Jonathan Marosz’s performance did you like?

    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.


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    Derrick Covington, GA, United States 07-16-15
    Derrick Covington, GA, United States 07-16-15 Member Since 2011

    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.

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    "Good book, bad southern accent...."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Beach Music to be better than the print version?

    I could have done either for this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beach Music?

    The ending and the matriarch being so sick. Hearing a son's love for his mother pour out in his grief. Touching.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His southern accent was a little "put on" and I find myself with a truer one.


    If you could take any character from Beach Music out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Definitely Shilah.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

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    May Ann Draper 06-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great"

    I really enjoyed the reader and the story. this was a great summer read. very much enjoyable

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