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The Lords of Discipline Audiobook

The Lords of Discipline

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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 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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    Aaron 08-09-11
    Aaron 08-09-11 Member Since 2016
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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 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    greg Yonkers, NY, United States 09-13-11
    greg Yonkers, NY, United States 09-13-11 Member Since 2006

    Geek, Gamer who hates wasting credits.

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    "Please read this before buying"

    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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    matthew payette, ID, United States 12-09-10
    matthew payette, ID, United States 12-09-10
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    "Wow this was great! A++"

    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.

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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    hps123 02-19-17
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    "Six stars"

    Excellent. Now among my all time favorites. Story plot and story telling are equally perfect.

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    Kevin Pretoria, South Africa 02-09-17
    Kevin Pretoria, South Africa 02-09-17 Member Since 2011
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    "America Rah Rah Rah"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Typical American rah rah drivel, how the tough American soldiers went beyond anything one could imagine, those things, that makes them look good! if only...


    What could Pat Conroy have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Kept it to his self


    What three words best describe Dan John Miller’s performance?

    Rah Rah Rah


    What character would you cut from The Lords of Discipline?

    Most of them


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    Suramericana 01-17-17 Member Since 2016

    I am retire, love to read

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    "The sickness of control and power"
    What did you love best about The Lords of Discipline?

    The ability of the writer to get you inside the book and characters since the beginning of the book. I almost to not start the book because I did not like the subject, if there is something I hate in people is the what power can do to them and to the people they control.


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

    The friendship of the 4 roomates.


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

    Dan John Miller is one of my favor performance, he can do so many voices and always remember which one he uses for each character, he is great


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

    No i do not like to listen books in what sitting, I get impatience. I like to flavor the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is one of the best books I have listen in the last 5 years. The Prince of Tides is a book I always remember, and the The Lord of Discipline will stay with me for long time, and I will listen again in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PAM Dallas, TX, United States 12-12-16
    PAM Dallas, TX, United States 12-12-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Good book for a movie"

    Conroe is a little wordy but I can see why this book is a classic.

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