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The Lords of Discipline Audiobook
The Lords of Discipline
Written by: 
Pat Conroy
Narrated by: 
Dan John Miller
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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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    Daniel Cascaddan 07-22-15

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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 2016

    A Friend of St. Paul

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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.

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    Amazon Customer Rockford, MI 07-08-14
    Amazon Customer Rockford, MI 07-08-14 Member Since 2015

    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.

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    F. Hawkins 04-21-14
    F. Hawkins 04-21-14 Member Since 2008

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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.

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    J. Jason Modesto, CA, United States 11-28-13
    J. Jason 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.

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    Jessica Longmont, CO, United States 10-18-13
    Jessica Longmont, CO, United States 10-18-13
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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.

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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.

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