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The Great Santini Audiobook
The Great Santini
Written by: 
Pat Conroy
Narrated by: 
Dick Hill
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The Great Santini Audiobook

The Great Santini

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Publisher's Summary

Step into the powerhouse life of Bull Meecham. He's all Marine -- fighter pilot, king of the clouds, and absolute ruler of his family. Lillian is his wife -- beautiful, southern-bred, with a core of velvet steel. Without her cool head, her kids would be in real trouble. Ben is the oldest, a born athlete whose best never satisfies the big man. Ben's got to stand up, even fight back, against a father who doesn't give in -- not to his men, not to his wife, and certainly not to his son. Bull Meecham is undoubtedly Pat Conroy's most explosive character -- a man you should hate, but a man you will love.

©1976 Pat Conroy; (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer Trumbull, CT USA 06-27-16
    Amazon Customer Trumbull, CT USA 06-27-16 Member Since 2016

    Tell us about yourself! I like Russian novels.

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    "excellent job."

    Stand By for Healing from a Fighter Pilot. We grow from what hurts us, as well as from what loves us.

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    Emery 05-31-16
    Emery 05-31-16
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    "Conroy will be missed"

    Loved it! Was skeptical bc I'm not a fan of war stories. Which means I judged the book by its cover. This one grabs you by the heart and twists it.

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    Amazon Customer 05-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story, not too happy with the performance"
    What made the experience of listening to The Great Santini the most enjoyable?

    I've loved this story for over a decade, since I first read it in paperback. It strikes a cord with me - the south, the military, boy and father - their relationship. Boy becoming a man.

    This audiobook however, the performance of the narrator was too monotone for my liking and took away from the book coming to life.


    What other book might you compare The Great Santini to and why?

    Lords of Discipline


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    Nope - too monotone for my liking.


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    Sara United States 04-14-16
    Sara United States 04-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great writing & vocal performance"

    Pat Conroy is a gifted author and Dan Hill's performance spectacular. Highly recommend this audible book

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    David 11-09-15
    David 11-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Real Heros from previous times ways and wars"

    sounds like real life from military people's and the ways of the service life. the hurt, the joys, the way families should stick together tjick and thin, good and bad, for life is a learning and loving experience and God's word and ways always will see us through God Bless our service people's their families, or country and our people's , and our families America, Praise And Glory be to God. Amen.

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    followfowler 10-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Conroy's first"

    It's a great story of family and dark secrets that takes a while to get going. Love conroy and Santini is good but certainly not his best.

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    Katherine Williams 07-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent story"

    Great story with wonderful characters. The characters were so real. Not evil, but not perfect. Just human beings with all of their flaws. The narrator's voice of Bull Meacham was fantastic.

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    DQmaine Maine 05-02-15
    DQmaine Maine 05-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A masterpiece!"

    A masterpiece of a novel of a military family headed by Bull Meacham, aka "the Great Santini". The audio performance by Dick Hill is equally a masterpiece, conveying the bravado, fury, love and hate that are part of this story of imperfect humans. Bravo

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    Joseph Brooklyn, NY, United States 04-25-15
    Joseph Brooklyn, NY, United States 04-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Book, Even greater narration - Best ever"
    What did you love best about The Great Santini?

    Great story, The reader keeps you glued, Renders so many characters with different voices intonations. Don't miss this book !


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Santini?

    When Ben gets arrested - So vivid that I had to stop listening


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Same as above


    Who was the most memorable character of The Great Santini and why?

    The Colonel, Toomer


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to about 3 dozen books, This is one of the top 3.

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    Lynn Starkville, MS, United States 04-14-15
    Lynn Starkville, MS, United States 04-14-15 Member Since 2011

    As an entreprenuer, it is hard for me to shut off my brain! It is also hard for me to sit still! I love audibles! I can exercise, work on "chores" , travel and be entertained! Always looking for a good story!

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    "Not what I expected!"

    I feared the whole book would be a story of the abuses of a marine father. I was pleasantly surprised at the beautiful story. I did not expect to laugh, to gain insights and to be amazed at the incredible repartee between family members! One of the best!

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