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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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    Richard Asbury 02-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A Love-Hate Relationship With Bull"

    What an amazing, coming of age story for people of all walks of life. I laughed, cried, loved, and hated.

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    Kelly W 11-07-16
    Kelly W 11-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Santini is superb!"

    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!

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    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 10-08-16
    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 10-08-16 Member Since 2016

    I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.

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    "Hero or Cretin? Your call."

    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.

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    Audiomook 08-22-16
    Audiomook 08-22-16

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    "Military brat"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Santini to be better than the print version?

    The reader and director did fine jobs. With that said their is no limits to the human imagination.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Bull


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dick Hill is right up there with Scott or George.


    Any additional comments?

    A must listen for all mil spec brats.

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    Suzanne 08-12-16
    Suzanne 08-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book!"

    This story was funny, sad, but told in such a powerful voice! A must read!

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    disudds SLC, UT 08-11-16
    disudds SLC, UT 08-11-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Great narration for a great story"

    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.

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    Heidi 07-29-16
    Heidi 07-29-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Santini-He was who he was"
    If you could sum up The Great Santini in three words, what would they be?

    no excuses, unapologetic, rough


    What did you like best about this story?

    The tales men told of their tails....


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    AMAZING!


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

    When Santini went back to the BB Court and his wife acknowledged that his practice after the 1:1 scene was an apology.


    Any additional comments?

    Mary Ann annoyed the heck out of me.

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    hermomtoo 07-04-16
    hermomtoo 07-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I love Pat Conroy."

    I found myself driving an extra 10 miles out of the way just to finish a chapter. Classical Conroy. my favorite part? "One can not simply decide to be Southern".

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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