©1976 Pat Conroy; (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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
Great story, The reader keeps you glued, Renders so many characters with different voices intonations. Don't miss this book !
When Ben gets arrested - So vivid that I had to stop listening
Same as above
The Colonel, Toomer
I've listened to about 3 dozen books, This is one of the top 3.
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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
Hill was good.
Need I say more to make my point?
No, I did not enjoy it and didn't finish 'reading' it.It reads like a long, overly detailed character sketch about an unusual and not very likeable, character. But there's no real plot or development - quite unlike Conroy's later books which are wonderfully constructed and resonant with plots, surprises and characters who grow and develop.
Dick Hill's performance was great - it was all that saved the book and made me read on for some while.
Yes, I got impatient with the book and looked at the movie.I didn't enjoy it all that much but at least it told it's story in one sitting.
boring, tedious, mind numbing, seemingly endless adolescent dialogue punctuated by abusive rants by an intolerant, overbearing jerk. It doesn't take 18 hours to develop these characters that were so uninteresting that it was hardly, no not, worth listening to. Conroy said in his introduction that his father hated the book after his first read...so did I. On the other hand, Conroy gets huge credit for evolving from this dog to writing some of the best novels I have ever read, namely "Beach Music" and "Prince of Tides". I evaluate the book based upon whether I received $20 worth of entertainment value, I got $0.00. Would have been a rip off if the book was free!
Dick Hill is an awesome reader. His work with Lee Child's Reacher and others I have heard are really first rate. In my opinion the reader provides well over half of the enjoyment value of any audible book. A bad reader can easily kill a good book and a good reader can save or at least make enjoyable a marginal one. Even Dick Hill couldn't save this dog, it was simply boring from start to finish. Certainly not his fault.
Gross disappointment, Conroy is much better than that. I fail to see why the book gets the credit it does.
Just terrible book, extremely predictable, childishly dedicated to documenting archaic military traditions that are in themselves ridiculous and worse when read aloud. I totally respect the military and those who choose to serve and the sacrifice they give to their country but to have it graphically described in this level of detail was very tedious and somewhat embarrassing.
Relive your life if your dad was a alcoholic that was impossible to please.
Dick Hill are a nice voice to listen to
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
There aren't a lot of books out there about what it was like to be a military brat. I am forever grateful to Pat Conroy for making the effort. All of our stories are different of course but there are commonalities in The Great Santini that we can all relate to. For anyone who was a military brat or knew a military brat, you should read this book. Conroy captures the feeling of always being the new kid in school, of how the father's career affects the family, of not really having a sense of place. He captures the sense in which these kids feel they are missing some critical element of growing up, at the same time that they are proud of the tradition they are part of. Most of all, he captures the love/hate relationship we all have with the branch of the service our fathers were part of.
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