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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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    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 08-29-12
    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Friends?"

    It took me awhile to get "into" these characters. There were times I felt like I had stumbeled into The Good,The Bad and The Ugly. I found the treatment of the freshmen very disturbing,after all these are boys not men and this is supposed to be a military school/college not a branch of the Armed Services. The hazing seemed more like cruelty for its own sake and not to build minds, bodies nor team work. And in the end were the friends of The Room really a bonded brotherhood? You decide! Mr Miller did a fantastic job with the narration. At times, he made me feel I was there;a silent, invisable witness.

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    Chris Monrovia, CA, United States 08-27-12
    Chris Monrovia, CA, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    Would you listen to The Lords of Discipline again? Why?

    Yes. This is the kind of book you wish you could read for the first time again and again. The story is a classic and the narration is superb.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My personal favorite character in the story is Mark: Ever-loyal, no-nonsense, and a buoyant personality in the core protagonists.


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

    I thought the portrayal of all the main characters was fantastic; the Bear, Mark, Pig, Will, Tradd. Dan Miller did a great job of distinguishing each character and giving them consistent and emotive expression. As much as I love to physically read great books like this, having a consistent and well acted narration makes this book come alive in audio format.


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

    Pig is, I believe, designed to be most memorable. It's too easy to give away plot points, so I wont go in to detail why.


    Any additional comments?

    Having read Prince of Tides first, I was familiar with the writing style and was excited to read this book next. I had seen the PoT movie many years ago and was not surprised by the climax nor particularly enthralled with the story. My girlfriend suggested that PoT was aimed more at women and that I read this book next as it was geared more towards the male audience. I would have read this book regardless, because I enjoyed the story telling and I think the writting is excellent. This has become a new favorite story of mine and intend to push it on some of my friends (especially for those that are pick about what they read).

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    Charles Metuchen, NJ, United States 08-27-12
    Charles Metuchen, NJ, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    "yery hard to put down"
    What did you love best about The Lords of Discipline?

    The book provides an insider's view of a very secretive environment, one I knew nothing about. While strong friendships are forged, the cadets endure horrific acts of torture during their hazing period. The writing is so good, and the characters are so beautifull developed, that despite portions that were difficult to hear, I could not stop listening. The ironic juxtapostion of this brutal enclave with the gentility of Charleston, S.C. makes the whole story all the more fascinating. I reommend it highly.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was truly flawless. His ability to change inflections and tone for each character made it easy to know which one was speaking. He brought life to the drama on the page.

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    eileen Hopkinton, MA, United States 08-02-12
    eileen Hopkinton, MA, United States 08-02-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Pat Conroy does it again"

    Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy is loosely (or actually not so loosely) based on Conroy's experiences at the Citadel, a military college in Charleston, SC. As in most of his books, the location of the story becomes one of the characters of his book, in this case actually two characters--The Institute (playing the role of the Citadel) and Charleston (playing the role of Charleston). Playing the role of mother, father, and siblings are The Bear (commandant of the Institue), Abigail (Charlestonian Society woman and Tradds' mother) and his three roommates, Tradd, Pig, and Mark.

    Once again, Conroy's writing is poetic--one is transported in time and space to the mid 1960's Charleston. He had a story to tell, that of the all-encompassing "system" to either break or strengthen freshman (plebes). Conroy has a love/hate relationship with the school... he "wears the ring" and nothing will change that fact. But he also is proud of his ability to manipulate the system in such a way that he has not allowed it to destroy his moral fabric. The resemblance to a child growing up in an abusive family is obvious... one can point to success stories as well as horrorifying tales of adult abusers as products of highly dysfunctional families. As is often the case, that which keeps us sane is our connection with others we can trust. And ultimately, trust is what this book is about.

    I listened to this book through a download from Audible.com. The Prince of Tides still remains my alltime favorite Pat Conroy, in print or audibly (but not the movie which was dreadful). I would rank Lords of Discipline third (after The Great Santini and above South of Broad). Enjoy!

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    Christy 07-30-12
    Christy 07-30-12
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    "Conroy is amazing"
    Where does The Lords of Discipline rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks among the best of the books I've heard.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is the dramatic revelation at the house in the woods where the cadet torture takes place.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Dan John Miller was the perfect voice for these characters. His accent and talent are incredible, but I was surprised at how many words he mispronounced. It seems someone in the editing booth could have helped with this.

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    Daniel L. Holloway Herrin, IL United States 05-07-12
    Daniel L. Holloway Herrin, IL United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2010

    I am retired. Hospital pharmacist for 40 years prior. Hobby-Photography and microscopes.

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    "Gripping"
    Where does The Lords of Discipline rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top


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

    When Pig killed himself


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

    The voice changes


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

    Yes, but I didn't


    Any additional comments?

    Why anyone would want to go through the freshman year at the Citadel is a mystery.
    Thank God some do.

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    Bill Fresno, CA, United States 01-09-12
    Bill Fresno, CA, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Panful, but a dream come true for most."
    Would you listen to The Lords of Discipline again? Why?

    Yes. I felt my emojions like I have not done so i a long time in a book.It aslo introduced you to worlds that you did not personally know, but yuou knedw existed. I saw small parts of this groups as I was tested for survfiaval training by being hit in the nose till it bled and then curled to be left in a little dog house in the sun. Then had my hand tied and graged through the camp as an example to fellow navel personal who would not play the games their way. All it took wa a Name rank and serial number to get moved up/ To eat we had to smash through the mrines. I was not that hugry.When we got to Viet Nam, I was left in charge of my crew and had a good life. I did feel emotions as theindividuals went through their individual triumps, which often lead to worse tha imagined, but lwft the men fighting a team.Yes I felt some real emothions, for myself and for those who can say,


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

    The train rides, the trips to roof, the comraderie for good and wrong reasons.


    Have you listened to any of Dan John Miller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He made it happen. I could not have read this book with the strength tha I listedned to it with.A lot of cussing and yelling was hard to take, but it made you listen to the real world. I would have read it at half the volume.


    If you could take any character from The Lords of Discipline out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Any of them I could have got to speak the truth about where they wee coming from at the time.


    Any additional comments?

    A must rea for any youn person consideringthe military. I realize it is not that way today, the the awaeness that it might , and the respect that it could is worth it. I saw a 1st Class try to ship me our on my wdding day, so save me from getting married. I saw the tragedies of war, and I saw the bonds of my fellow men. This book sort of brough me back to all of those and more.

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    P. Steffensmeier 10-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story"

    What I liked most about this book is that it is not a formula story. The story does not follow a set pattern where every trail leads to the predictable end. I loved the depth of the characters and found myself drawn into this book more than I had anticipated.

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    Chris 10-18-11
    Chris 10-18-11
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    "Awesome story & terrific mystery!"

    Pat Conroy's rich prose wonderfully describes life as a cadet at the Citadel with several intricate mysteries with surprising endings as a bonus. A must read for Conroy fans!

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    Christopher ARLINGTON, VA, United States 10-12-11
    Christopher ARLINGTON, VA, United States 10-12-11
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    "My first Audible book"

    Fantastic book, and a fantastic first listen on Audible. I was kind of skeptical about how I'd take to audiobooks, but I found myself spellbound--looking for reasons to keep listening. Miller does an excellent job of differentiating characters with his voice, and he seems the perfect choice to portray narrator Will McLean. Highly recommended.

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