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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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    Laura Deglow 06-05-15
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    "One of my favorites!"

    This is a wonderful story that makes you laugh and cry. Beach Music has become one of my favorite books of all time!

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    S. Dietrich La Junta, CO USA 05-04-15
    S. Dietrich La Junta, CO USA 05-04-15
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    "Loved it!"

    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)

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    Meemaw 05-01-15
    Meemaw 05-01-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Worth revisiting"

    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.

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    Marilyn E. Shugart 04-10-15 Member Since 2016

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    "I loved this book"

    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.

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    Erin Sjostrom Tallahassee, FL United States 03-10-15
    Erin Sjostrom Tallahassee, FL United States 03-10-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fake southern accent"

    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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    Tina 01-16-15
    Tina 01-16-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent"

    Every part of this book was excellent including the story, the narrator,it was fantastic. The only thing I wish is that you all would stop requiring a certain number of words. Excellent should just be good enough.

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    Chris W. 01-13-15
    Chris W. 01-13-15
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    "great story"
    What did you like best about this story?

    the writers style
    I loved the intertwining of the base story with the underlying ones and the way they were revealed


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Marosz – was your favorite?

    Jack


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

    When Lucy was passing


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    Harriet Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States 12-30-14
    Harriet Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States 12-30-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story but too long."

    I enjoyed this book. I just feel that I might have liked the abridged version better. Some time was spent on describing scenes that could have been left out.
    All in all, it was a very good book. I especially loved the humor.
    Be sure to have tissues handy towards the end. You will need them.

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    BRemm Lilburn, GA United States 11-13-14
    BRemm Lilburn, GA United States 11-13-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Great Narrator!"
    Any additional comments?

    It was a sweeping story - maybe a bit too much sometimes - but the narrator was wonderful!

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    Book lover 06-09-14
    Book lover 06-09-14
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    "Great author. Takes a bit to get used to."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Beach Music to be better than the print version?

    I'm sure i would have never finished the print version, this was so long, I even had to put the audio book aside twice. It could have been several smaller novels.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hmm. Hard to say. The author had an interesting and skilled writing style. I cannot say that it is my favorite style, only that the flowery style of wriign he chose to use he did well. I prefer less embroidered writing and a faster moving plot, however I don't take this away from the author, he has a right to his stylized way of writing.


    What about Jonathan Marosz’s performance did you like?

    Excellent read.


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

    None. It all got a bit tedious after it had gone on for so long.


    Any additional comments?

    He is a great writer, he will have his fans. I'd prefer to see his work tightly edited in a film than try to get though one of his books again. There is also a repetition of child rape in several of his books. Authors do sometimes repeat themes, so having read a couple now I'll not read another. He is a master of prose, I'm more a fan of a faster moving great story. My summer, would be better with fewer words, but then it wouldn't be a Pat Conroy. Definitely one for the Pat Conroy fan.
    Great value if you like a long listen.

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