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)
This book is wonderful. A true master work. The trouble is that it was ruined by the person narrating.
Where to begin? His poor accents. A total lack of character differentiation. Poor pronunciation. Horrible timing. It ruined the book.
I loved this book. Pat Conroy is an amazing writer and he managed to weave historical facts from many generations into his story.
Pat Conroy's wonderful writing kept me listening, despite the pain of listening to Jonathan Marosz's dreadful accents.
His South Carolina accent sounded completely false, but his Italian pronunciation was so bad as to be painful.
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.
The multi-layered story that goes from the South to Italy and the past to the present.
The character of Lucy is my favorite - a strong and determined woman and a real character!
When Lucy was being treated for cancer....very touching and also the mock trial with the priest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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