©2002 Pat Conroy; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Conroy has achieved a penetrating vision of the Southern psyche in this enormous novel of power and emotion." (Library Journal)
I have read this book three times and it gets better with each reading. This was my first time to listen to the audible version and was very pleased.
This book was a little wordy but stick with it. The story is absolutely worth it!
I never read a book twice as the journey has already been traveled, but I couldn't help myself. I see myself and the lives of many I love in the words. This is a timeless classic and must be read by any intelligent reader wishing to place themselves in a story of coming of age and dealing with the consequences.
Love the story
I did not like the tone the narrator used. He made Tom sound belligerent, overly sarcastic, and not very likeable. Having read the book twice before listening to this recording, I was disappointed in the way Tom was portrayed, compared to my picture of him from reading the book.
Probably the best one yet. The author says it best in his preface, to paraphrase, Conroy didn't set out to write a best seller, but the narrator, Frank Muller made it a work of art.
This was an incredible story of dysfunctional families, family devotion, love, fidelity, infidelity, mental illness, abuse, poverty and riches. It's a wonderful, triumphant story about the love of a family with some incredible hurdles - more than anyone on this earth should have to endure.
Glass House by J Walls, - except this was much, much more developed, rich in detail and character development.
No, but I certainly will after this. His performance was outstanding.
Tom Wingo - he allows us to understand and empathize with an unfamiliar life
This really took me by surprise - I had no idea it would be so incredible a listen. I wish all my choices were this fantastic!
Loved this book Awesome. Good story about a family from the south
mad me laugh inplaces
great southern family story
Musical Southern Story
It's like a lot of other southern literature that emphasizes the frailty and strength of the family
The world lost a great artist when Frank Muller died. I could listen to his reading all day.
Once this book gets going and I came to know the characters, who are expertly brought to life, I was hooked. Once the backdrop is established the story moves along briskly. The writing is beautiful.
The Wingos have been both horribly cursed and deeply blessed. Tom has a very close and tender relationship with twin Savannah and his older bother Luke. The overall tone is mostly melancholy and often heavy. A couple of the events are terrible and memorable and the author will not spare you the details.
The plot is intricate, unpredictable and the characters are very unique. The plot is set in the 60's and tells the life story of the protagonist, Tom Wingo and his devastating childhood and how we are ultimately shaped by our families and our past experiences. The story explores the complexities of human character, choices, flaws, values such as love, forgiveness and family loyalty. We are individuals responsible for examining our own lives and making personal choices.
Say something about yourself!
This book was already one of my favorites in written format. The story has touched me and stayed with me over many years. Every re-read reveals a new layer of depth. The parallel stories of the family and the man are thought provoking and riveting. However, the audio performance has taken the story to a new level. I will be seeking out every book this man has recorded. His voice acting has brought the story to life.
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