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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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    Niel CEDAR HILLS, UT, United States 07-19-12
    Niel CEDAR HILLS, UT, United States 07-19-12 Member Since 2005
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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 2011

    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
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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Geoff Newmarket, ON, Canada 07-06-11
    Geoff Newmarket, ON, Canada 07-06-11 Member Since 2010
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Rockford, MI 07-08-14
    Amazon Customer Rockford, MI 07-08-14 Member Since 2014

    Amy Life long avid reader, especially of poetry, literary and popular fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and some non-fiction.

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    "Brilliant"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lords of Discipline the most enjoyable?

    The narration was simply superb! I had previously read this book, but there is something about hearing a "Southern" book read in southern dialogue that makes the story come to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lords of Discipline?

    The most memorable moments occur when the full story of betrayal is revealed to Will McClain.


    Which character – as performed by Dan John Miller – was your favorite?

    My favorite character was Dante Pignetti, the one completely loyal and guileless member of the class of 1967.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Lords of Discipline and why?

    The most memorable character was Will McClain. Pat Conroy is a master of character development, and Will is the main character, a young man coming of age.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not only a coming of age story but a novel dealing with systemic evil, illustrating the corruption that absolute power brings with it, and the class structure of the Old South as Will McClain learned it in Charleston. In addition, Pat Conroy's prose is poetic and sensual. I fell into this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    F. Hawkins 04-21-14
    F. Hawkins 04-21-14 Member Since 2008

    silentsun

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    "not a bad story if language doesn't offend"

    It's a coming of age story at a military school in the south in the 1960s, and a part of the story is the school being integrated. If the n word that rhymes with bigger bothers you, be warned that word is in the book many times. Otherwise, a decent story, decently performed. If you like other Conroy books you'd probably like this too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Modesto, CA, United States 11-28-13
    J. Modesto, CA, United States 11-28-13 Member Since 2011

    J. Jason Gale

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    "A WEAK STORY PROPPED UP BY A PROFUSION OF ADVERBS"

    A young man's college career is spent suffering at the hands of a secret society. After four years he discovers the members and leader of the murderous cult. He calls them bad names and graduates. The end. The other eighteen hours are description and narration.

    Okay, I gladly admit the description and narration are very well written; Conroy has a gift for words. And that added to my frustration: I anticipated a more satisfying story.

    Books have two parts: What is said (the story and its structure); and How it's said (the words themselves). This work was a powerhouse of the latter but sorely wanted for the former. In the end, highfalutin words without a story are like boats with fancy sails adrift on the sand dunes in a desert.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Longmont, CO, United States 10-18-13
    Jessica Longmont, CO, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story, Great Narrator - AWESOME!"
    Where does The Lords of Discipline rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorite!


    Any additional comments?

    I was reluctant to purchase this book, I am a HUGE Pat Conroy fan but wondered "am I going to enjoy a military story???" It is a great story, told wonderfully. Dan John Miller does a great job narrating. I am almost done with it and will be sad when it is over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lysianne United States 09-29-13
    lysianne United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Pleasure to the ears"
    What did you love best about The Lords of Discipline?

    The story as well as the narrator; wonderful story that the narrator put to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The description of Charleston. I went to visit Charleston a month ago just because of the book. On my way there, I made my husband listen to the book too. He enjoyed it.


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

    He was able to bring the different characters to life: I was suffering with them and laughing with them and crying with them too. What a great narrator!


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

    Why do you want to change perfection?


    Any additional comments?

    Record Conroy's Beach Music read by the same narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. Hodgson Philadelphia, Pa 09-15-13
    T. Hodgson Philadelphia, Pa 09-15-13 Member Since 2009

    Avid audiobook listener and reader. I work in the tech industry, but like to go outside my comfort zone with fiction and non-fiction.

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    "An Engaging Story"
    What did you love best about The Lords of Discipline?

    The story was interesting and engaging.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story of the main character about his experience at The Citadel


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

    He brought out each character with his skillful and subtle voices. It was amazing.


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

    The Ten


    Any additional comments?

    The story was excellent, but it lost me a bit at the end. Without giving any of it away, it seemed to get melodramatic and I was at the point where I just wanted it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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