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)
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.
While the narration was great, the story itself became just too hard to listen to. I understand things are rough for cadets in places such as these, however, the language was, I feel, over the top and supremely offensive. I dont consider myself a prude and LOVE pat conroy, but this book was too graphic for me.
Tough start. Seemed repetative, and like a bunch of screaming. It all serves a purpose. Hated to see it end. I lived small parts of this in survival training, etc. Noting like Conroy describes, but enough to believe and feel the time period military. Loved the feel of what I think the sough is probably like, being a California boy. My wife started it, and could not continue. It is not for everyone, but I tried to get her to continue. I know she would have felt it worth whilem if she had kept going. This is one that I bellieve listening to would be better than reading. I have a friend who hates audio books. I had her listen to a small part, and now she is listening to the rest.
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