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The Lords of Discipline | [Pat Conroy]

The Lords of Discipline

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2002 Pat Conroy (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Reading Pat Conroy is like watching Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel." (Houston Chronicle)

The Lords of Discipline is, simply, an American classic." (Larry King)

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    Reney 07-28-12
    Reney 07-28-12 Member Since 2010

    I like to listen to adventure stories and funny stories. I have a real preference for travel tales and sometimes even enjoy a good mystery. I love fiction, but also like to learn facts. I like all kinds of stories. Follow me, if you do too!

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    "Mystery and Intrigue at the Military Academy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes mysteries and military stories. Since these are 2 of my favorite genres, I was quite drawn to the story. The protagonist is Will McLean, a young man who is going through a major military "rite of passage" as a cadet at a famous military academy. As a senior cadet, Will's "plebe" year still haunts him and now he is selected for the daunting task of protecting the academies' first black cadet. His challenges don't stop there, however. He has also begun a relationship with a young lady who is pregnant out of wedlock with unknown man's child. He doesn't struggle alone, he has 3 roommates - 2 Yankees and a "honey prince" of dubious sexual orientation - to whom he has sworn unquestionable loyalty. But as the story unfolds, it becomes obvious to Will that "trust, loyalty and honor" can take on different meanings in the cloistered world of military cadets.

    As a product of the "South" - The Carolina Military Institute is steeped in tradition and produces tough young military officers - or does it? Just what is it the "makes the man" - the questions answered by the end of story will challenge the way you look at all "traditional" institutions and what creates a sense of belonging within them.
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    What other book might you compare The Lords of Discipline to and why?

    There is a book I read many years ago called, "The Long Grey Line" which is similar to the "Lords of Discipline". Likewise, the eloquent writing style will, of course, remind one of the "The Great Santini", also written by Pat Conroy.


    What does Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I liked the narration pretty well except that I felt the female character's voices sounded a bit strained. I guess this is natural when the narrator is a male. Luckily, there are few female characters in this story. Otherwise, the dialogue is witty and quick. The narrator does a good job of bringing the appropriate amount of emotion to the characters.


    If you could rename The Lords of Discipline, what would you call it?

    "A Question of Honor"? "Honor and Discipline"? "Ring of Honor"?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Niel CEDAR HILLS, UT, United States 07-19-12
    Niel CEDAR HILLS, UT, United States 07-19-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Raw, heartfelt, and a great performance"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wendi Overland Park, KS, United States 07-11-12
    Wendi Overland Park, KS, United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2012

    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!

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    "Conroy's Best"
    Would you listen to The Lords of Discipline again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the main character, Will. His toughness as well as his vulnerability and his story telling ability are mesmerizing.


    What does Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The film is called 'The Lords of Discipline' and I can't imagine anything better than the name of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 08-09-11
    Aaron 08-09-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Solid story, though autobiographical and anecdotal"

    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.

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    Geoff Newmarket, ON, Canada 07-06-11
    Geoff Newmarket, ON, Canada 07-06-11 Member Since 2015
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    "He wears the ring, all right"

    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.

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    Daniel Cascaddan 07-22-15

    GungaDan

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    "All-time best"

    I have been a life-long, avid reader. And this is one of my three or four favorite novels, of the many hundreds I have read. I am glad that nearly thirty years after the first time I read it, I chose to listen to it again.

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    Latresa 07-09-15
    Latresa 07-09-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing and emotional book."

    I loved this book. Thought it would be long and boring but it was so good.

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    Mark Atlanta, Gabon 02-22-15
    Mark Atlanta, Gabon 02-22-15 Member Since 2010
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    "It's Pronounced Shay-ko!"

    What a wonderful "read"! Brought back many memories!

    The narrator did a superb job with the exception of pronunciation of military and Citadel-specific phrases.

    Each time I heard "as you were" and "shako", I couldn't help but cringe as it grated across my eardrums like the screeching of chalk across the chalkboard.

    It's a small, pedantic complaint... Yet any former cadet of "The Institute" would no doubt experience the same distaste.

    Nonetheless, overall praise for an excellent novel, and an excellent reading of it!

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    John Shelley Hendersonville, NC 01-05-15
    John Shelley Hendersonville, NC 01-05-15 Member Since 2015

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    "A true pleasure to read"

    I highly recommend this book, and reach far beyond all expectations and I found Conroy's use of the English language truly beautiful and powerfully delivered by the narrator. It is one of those books that I will return to and read again, hopefully sometime in the near future. This book has inspired me to read anything Pat Conroy has ever written, including his cookbook, which I have to admit is not my forte.

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    jimmy 01-01-15
    jimmy 01-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another Great Pat Conroy read/listen"
    If you could sum up The Lords of Discipline in three words, what would they be?

    clever, intelligent, thoughtful


    What other book might you compare The Lords of Discipline to and why?

    South of Broad, Pat Conroy. Amazing character development, psychological
    truthfulness.


    What about Dan John Miller’s performance did you like?

    Great differentiation of characters. Pace


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! Too long, however. Listened on a long road trip and made the trip go fast and was very enjoyable to pass the time.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't go wrong with Pat Conroy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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