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.
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“Reading Pat Conroy is like watching Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel." (Houston Chronicle)
“The Lords of Discipline is, simply, an American classic." (Larry King)
I liked the book but found that it dragged a little in the middle. Seemed to be just more college boy pranks. But as the story developed I found it very intriguing. It was a disturbing and sad story. Dan Miller did an exceptional job as narrator, he took on the personality of each character. Once I got into the story, the last third, I couldn't put it down.
I thought he was a pretty good reader, but his mispronunciations were distracting. Fete, effete, papist, archtype are a few.
This is the best book I've read or listened to in many years ... extremely literate, great characterizations, plot twists and turns. It's alternately sweet, frightening, gruesome, beautiful, poetic, and always interesting. I'm not ashamed to say that there were tears in my eyes as the book ended. Highly, highly recommended.
First I read The Prince of Tides - soooo good! When I saw this on sale, I thought, hey, that guy wrote that other book I liked - so I bought it and WOW! Now I think I have another new favorite author!! The Southern novel has not been my main genre, though I've dipped into it through the years (Carson McCullers, and of course To Kill a Mockingbird, and a few others) and Pat Conroy fits right in with what I assume are the best. This book is full of great characters who are very intricate - no saints, no demons, just people who have a depth that we slowly get to see and appreciate. Definitely excellent - would recommend to anybody.
The book is outstanding but the reading is even better. Dan John Miller's performance is the best I have ever heard.
Great book, great listen. Just finished the audio version for the second time. Though there were some mispronunciations, I didn't find them distracting and felt the narrator's voice/style was suited to the story. If you are thinking of purchasing this, go for it!
Wonderful author, wonderful narration. I loved the book, loved the character development, however, it did make me sad because the book rang so true one couldn't help but feel somewhat sad especially if you have a son! Pat Conroy is outstanding and I am sure this book will remain in your mind forever!
Without question, one of the best books I've ever read our listen too. The language was artistry, the pace, perfect, and the unfolding friendship of four military school cadets, unforgettable. A deep and passionate masterpiece set in the great South.
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