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)
There are times I listen to an audiobook, it captures my imagination, and then somewhere in the middle of the book I realize that a real part of my enjoyment is the voices the narrator gives the characters. This was one of those books. The narrator added to what I found to be a fascinating story.
Life inside a military academy is something I had not given a moments thought to, until I stumbled on this book. Yet I ended up reflecting on philosophical ideas such as 'Does the end justify the means?' and "At what cost self-discipline?'
The book may feel a bit drawn out to some, there are scenes which feel a bit long, and Conroy always loves to fall into flowery prose. But this book caught me and held me, the characters felt real, the emotions they went through were demonstrated in a way I could feel. It's a raw book, but it also comes from the heart.
I will admit that for me, the ending was a bit melodramatic, but overall this was a book I truly "experienced" and it caused me to think deeply. Great listen. And I can't say enough about the narrator, really added to the overall effect.
The non-linear format confused me several times throughout the story, and I had to check to see if the chapters were mixed out of order, but it just flashed back and forth at times that I didn't agree with. The writing is okay, better than okay, but it seems to take a long time to delve through the harshness of it all, and I keep waiting to come out the other end. multiple story lines keep the interest. The reader is okay, does a very good job of recognizable voices for main characters. I will say that the characters are fleshed out and feel real. A lot of swearing as might be expected. some explicit details of hazing that I did not need to hear, but added to the details. All in all, it is admirable effort, but not my favorite subject.
Utterly beautiful coming-of-age story and a love-letter to the city of Charleston. The narration by Dan John Miller is excellent. I fear whatever I read next, apart from a classic, is going to suffer greatly by comparison.
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.
This was a very good book. A little slow at the start "not the kind of book I normaly get" but way more than makes up for it at the end. This is a book you will not regret. Also the narrater is very good and consistent.
Canadian girl in Kansas, love audible, books on kindle or kindle fire, and old fashioned books! I enjoy fiction most, mostly books with strong female leads. Favourite authors: Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Andre Dubus III, Lisa Genova, many more!
I would definitely listen to The Lords of Discipline again. When I was a kid I would watch the movie over and over again. The book is so much better. Conroy's prose are beautiful and his story telling abilities are insurmountable. This is fiction at it's very best.
I loved the main character, Will. His toughness as well as his vulnerability and his story telling ability are mesmerizing.
Dan John Miller has the perfect voice for the main character as well as the other cadets and characters. He does a phenomenal job in bringing the South to life. The suspense mounts and the voices are personified perfectly.
The film is called 'The Lords of Discipline' and I can't imagine anything better than the name of the book.
This book is a true classic. I was surprised that many teachers use this book in their high school curriculum. This is a must read for anyone with a voracious appetite for impeccable fiction.
Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
Pat Conroy had the stunning mastery of our English language which never failed to enthrall and awe me, and leave me at a loss for my own poor vocabulary. I look at the blank page where I want to write my review and I am inept and incapable. My words do not come. It seems I am not alone in that as I read many reviews where others make similar comments.
Mr Conroy told deeply tortured stories about real people. His characters are so achingly real that I would know them if they were to walk into the room. His stories are painted in my mind and I am left lonely when I finish the last words and have to say goodbye. I find myself in love with Charleston, and the other southern locales from his books. I am sickened by the pain humans inflict upon one another. I grieve, I laugh, I think, I hope, I am angry. The emotional and thoughtful stories carry me from one scene to the next and I cannot even think about pushing the stop button or closing the page. He is a masterful storyteller and his sentences make me rejoice in language.
If you haven't read this book do yourself a favor and read it. Now. It is not one to be missed.
Dan John Miller narrated it beautifully. Although I am not from the south and cannot attest to the accuracy of his accent I found his words to have the lyrical, rounded sound that I hear when I listen to others who are from the south. He read the book with a careful attention to detail, letting the words from the page sing and soar. I was a bit afraid to listen to this book, having read it in the past -- narrators can sometimes change the sound of a book to me, and that generally leaves me disappointed. But Mr Miller gave Mr Conroy's words the care they deserved. He quietly allowed himself to serve the pages. Excellent!
The narrator used different voices for the various characters. Masterful! The story is dark and full of grace at the same time. It totally absorbed me. The characters became alive. Poetic and lucious writing. Conroy is a master!
Beautifully written, took me to the moments and places thru amazing and poetic words. Felt the thoughts and feelings of Will McLain as if they were my own.
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