This powerful and breathtaking novel is the story of four cadets who have become bloodbrothers. Together they will encounter the hell of hazing and the rabid, raunchy, and dangerously secretive atmosphere of an arrogant and proud military institute. They will experience the violence. The passion. The rage. The friendship. The loyalty. The betrayal. Together, they will brace themselves for the brutal transition to manhood... and one will not survive.
With all the dramatic brilliance he brought to The Great Santini, Pat Conroy sweeps you into the turbulent world of these four friends - and draws you deep into the heart of his rebellious hero, Will McLean, an outsider forging his personal code of honor, who falls in love with a whimsical beauty... and who undergoes a transition more remarkable then he ever imagined possible.
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“Reading Pat Conroy is like watching Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel." (Houston Chronicle)
“The Lords of Discipline is, simply, an American classic." (Larry King)
Great but sad story. It truly made my heart ache. Conroy is such a great writer that I could just listen all day. He makes me believe I am right in the middle of the action.
Pat Conroy is simply one of the greatest storytellers I have ever listened to. He is able to make you feel every emotion his characters are feeling. You celebrate their victories, mourn their losses and miss them when the book is complete.
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
I'm on the fence with this one - the writing is good and the narration is great - so why wasn't I able to just give it 4 stars all the way across? Maybe it's because this is supposed to be auto-biographical and I had a really hard time buying the author's portrayal of the events. It all seemed so overly romantic and watered-down. I did enjoy 90% of the book, and found myself looking forward to listening - but if the end had come sooner, I wouldn't have been disappointed.
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
Another winner by Pat Conroy! It s a fascinating story by the author who actually attended and graduated from The Citadel. He assures the reader at the onset of the book that his description of the traditions of the school are as true as he could make it. With believable characters that you really care about and a wonderful narration, this audiobook is one of the most enjoyable I have listened to. It is funny in parts, also sad and harrowing, with a satisfying ending. What more could you ask for?
Geek, Gamer who hates wasting credits.
I looked at all the 5 star reviews and spent my credits, so I am warning you dear reader run. I am not sure how this got such good reviews , unless there are lot of military school listeners out there who wanted to relive their past. The writing is so heavy handed and stilted, it seemed very dated by today's books. It is preachy and pedantic style got to me. I see how writing the book was very cathartic for the author but I did not enjoy the retelling of his boyhood. Save your money and run.
Erstwhile librarian and tech salesperson. Favorite genres - history, biography, and mystery.
This was very painful to listen to. Pat Conroy writes very luscious prose but the descriptions of the atrocities at the Citadel were too awful to listen to in such detail. I often find that some of the books that I hate when I am listening to are some of the best when I think back later. I am not sure how I will feel looking back on this in a couple of months.
Probably not. I have read a couple of books by Pat Conroy before and, although he writes beautifully, I don't really like him as a character in his own books.
He was just too harsh at some times and too wimpy at others.
No - not for the length of the unabridged book. This would have been better as a novella.
The book is marvelous, both the audio version and the printed one.I’m not a big fan of military fiction in general and I have to admit that I chose this one because of the narrator Dan John Miller. But when I started to listen and read it simultaneously I couldn’t put it down and finished it in less than 3 days.The narration of this book is just perfect. I can't imagine how it could be better. All characters, male and female alike, sounded perfect, so perfect in fact, that I didn’t just heard, I saw them as they spoke, acted, thought.
I don’t remember when I was so moved and captivated by the novel before. The story itself is not just about military college and growing up of young men. It’s about so much more. It’s about acceptance, choices and beliefs, it’s just about life.The brutal honest of the book will make you laugh, cry, bite your lips, dig your nails into your palms and cringe and blush, and it will make you to think over and to question again and again your own honesty and moral codes and that’s in my point of view is the mark of literature masterpiece. And do you really need to compare real masterpiece to anything else?
All in all I was so impressed that I decided to read more of Pat Conroy’s books and chose to buy audio versions and kindle editions of his two other novels – The Water is Wide, again narrated by Dan John Miller and The Prince of Tide (according to critics one of the best works of Mr. Conroy) narrated by Frank Muller.
Pat Conroys writes prose that sounds like poetry when read by Dan John Miller. Although The Lords of Discipline is often referred to as a "coming of age" story it is much more than that. It is told retrospectively so the sensibilities of an adult man inform the life events of a boy. What is remarkable about that feat is that it is done without cynicism.
Pat nails "it" in this book. It being life.
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Actually this was the second time, yes probably once more as it is a timeless story
Conroy's "Great Santini" whose characters were as unlikeable as these were likeable. Both were tinged with Catholicism, honor, duty, concience
Probably Pig because he was so complex
it made my insides twist, what is right or wrong in what circumstance?
Pat Conroy never fails to satisfy.
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