©1976 Pat Conroy; (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I love this story. I love the sweeping emotions and difficult frustrations experienced by the Meechim family. There are few stories that give witness to life in the 60's this well. I savor the nobility of the Corps, the pride of the Marines and the gentility of the Old South. I appreciate the rich personalities of the chatacters, especially in their imperfectness. I lived much of this life myself, tho less extreme than the Meechim's experience. I found out that I lived on the same base and attended the same school as Mr. Conroy. Thank you for allowing me to re-experience my growing up. What a treasure! Mr Hill was superb in giving this story life, in the quality he gave each character and their variations. 5 stars!
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
This fictionalized version of the author's childhood tries desperately to make a hero out of a badly flawed father. The father is a fighter pilot who rises to Light Colonel in the marines. He is pathologically incapable of leaving his work at the office. Thus he runs his family as if it's simply an extension of the Marines.
His moral codes are primitive. And his conduct is imperious, over bearing, abusive and very loud. After drinking bouts with his military folks, he comes home and physically abuses his adoring wife and traumatized kids. The father calls himself the Great Santini...not so great in my book.
Dick Hill shouts to dramatize the blustery father's voice. But he carries it too far and often continues with the shouting as others speak. I found myself having to turn the volume down as it became irritating.
The reader and director did fine jobs. With that said their is no limits to the human imagination.
Dick Hill is right up there with Scott or George.
A must listen for all mil spec brats.
I listened to this book on Audible and it was absolutely fabulous. The characters that Conroy write about, so clearly drawn from his own history, are fascinating. The final year of Ben's childhood with his marine fighterpilot father, beautiful mother, and three interesting siblings, makes a perfect setting for a gripping novel that is at times funny and at times tragic, so like life. Conroy has a way of really capturing emotions and bringing them to the surface, allowing his characters to grapple with everything from racism to ignorance to sex to love. His characters are so real that you can actually love them and hate them at the same time. Dick Hill does a great job of capturing a voice for Santini that is even better than Duvall's in the movie. Overall he does a great job of characterizing everyone in this character-driven novel.
no excuses, unapologetic, rough
The tales men told of their tails....
When Santini went back to the BB Court and his wife acknowledged that his practice after the 1:1 scene was an apology.
Mary Ann annoyed the heck out of me.
Tell us about yourself! I like Russian novels.
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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