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The Great Santini Audiobook

The Great Santini

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.
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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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    Sara United States 04-14-16
    Sara United States 04-14-16 Member Since 2015
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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
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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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    a. page 04-07-15
    a. page 04-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Smell the low country!"

    Conroy is my favorite author. The poetry of his prose soothes me. The Great Santini came to came to life for me as a glorious beast lost in his own mortality.

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    Luiza L. 03-14-15
    Luiza L. 03-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Just storie of a marine,no virtues or bad caracter"

    Not impressed with the graat santon i because lacked humanitarian feel on his personal life or professional.he was honorable but to rush with everyone.dificicilt to love someone like that

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    John 08-16-14
    John 08-16-14
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    "One of the worst books I have read/heard from one"
    What disappointed you about The Great Santini?

    The story was about a violent and abusive father. There were few breaks from that abuse. It was not at all a pleasant read and I don't know how it could achieve the ratings I see I kept expecting to enter a part of the book that was not depressing and worth my time. I did not succeed. This book was a waste of my money.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Pat Conroy again?

    I will try another because I listened to 2 other books by conroy that were excellent. I will not get mired in another like this however.


    Did Dick Hill do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Hill was good.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Total disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Need I say more to make my point?

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