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The Prince of Tides | [Pat Conroy]

The Prince of Tides

Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.
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Publisher's Summary

Pat Controy has created a huge, brash thunderstorm of a novel, stinging with honesty and resounding with drama. Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.

Filled with the vanishing beauty of the South Carolina low country as well as the dusty glitter of New York City, The Prince of Tides is Pat Conroy at his very best.

©2002 Pat Conroy; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Conroy has achieved a penetrating vision of the Southern psyche in this enormous novel of power and emotion." (Library Journal)

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    Jena SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 05-30-11
    Jena SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 05-30-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Soap Opera."

    The good: Language is poetic and beautiful. The setting is charming and romantic. The narrator is artful and great to listen to. Considered to be a modern "classic" and it is clear why; the storyline is very telling of the time in America (1986) when this book was written.

    The bad: Overall, book is inappropriate for religious, younger or emotionally sensitive readers. Suspense is formulaic. Plot does not ring true. Dialogue tends to drone on without developing character or advancing plot. Characters are not sympathetic and remain undeveloped; without being told who is speaking, reader cannot tell them apart just by their personalities, even by the end of the book. Main character is whiny and one-dimensional, and waxes on about irrelevant details for minutes at a time. Melodrama abounds. The last third of the book is botched and about 1/3 too long.

    My personal verdict: Can't recommend this one unless you appreciate soap operas, as referenced in my review title. I'm glad I read it since it is considered a modern classic, but the CliffsNotes would have substituted just fine, and with less of a time waste. But especially, don't give it to your religious friend or your kids. There are some wildly racy scenes, and themes, in this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K 05-18-11
    K 05-18-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved it"

    Since the author Pat Conroy gave a glowing endorsement of the audiobook, I took a chance. And I agree, it was a great reading of a great story. I really enjoyed it.

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    Catherine 05-02-11
    Catherine 05-02-11
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    "Didn't want it to end."

    Absolutely awesome!!! I would have never enjoyed this book as fully if it had not been read to me in the most wonderful voice of Frank Muller. Author, Pat Conroy, holds your attention at every moment.

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    Wallen Danderyd, Sweden 04-20-11
    Wallen Danderyd, Sweden 04-20-11 Member Since 2011
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    "More of the same"

    Having listened to Beach Music by the same author, which I found too lengthy, I started listening to this book with some apprehension. It took me less than one hour of listening to realize it was more of the same. Pat Conroy writes Beach Music all over again. So I stopped listening. My husband had more stamina than I and listened to the entire book. He concurs with my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 03-20-11
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 03-20-11 Member Since 2010

    I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.

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    "Pat Conroy's Masterpiece"

    As a Southerner, Pat Conroy has been a favorite author since the 80's. If you have read many of his wonderful books, you will soon realize when reading "The Prince of Tides" that this is definitely a special book. The storytelling is like no other book you have read. The narrator of this audiobook did a very good job. I enjoyed this book immensely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. ricci San Francisco, CA United States 03-18-11
    A. ricci San Francisco, CA United States 03-18-11 Member Since 2014

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    "Best narrator ever"

    The story is a classic, truly wonderful. But the narration??! Most amazing reader I've ever heard. I could listen to him read the phone book and be happy.

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    Sharon Lyons, OH, United States 03-12-11
    Sharon Lyons, OH, United States 03-12-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Very good - highly recommend"

    First, Frank Muller was a great narrator - the world has lost a real treasure.
    Second, the story line is riveting. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and will recommend it to others. As I listened, I could not imagine what happened in this seemingly average dysfunctional family. In true Pat Conroy style, he leads you through the details and entertains you along the way. When you understand the events - all the events of the Wingo family, then you see clearly why so many challenges plague the main character, Tom, and his sister, Savannah.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lorri New Albany, IN, United States 02-07-11
    Lorri New Albany, IN, United States 02-07-11 Member Since 2007

    Photowine

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    "Wonderful story - the narrator - not so much."

    Even though I've not finished the book, I won't give it any more than three stars. If the book itself weren't so interesting, I'd struggle to give it two stars. The narrator is overly melodramatic; EVERY word cannot be a drama, but Frank Muller presents it as such. It's going to be difficult to finish the listen, but I'll do so for the writing by Pat Conroy. I'll pay attention for future listens to ensure that Frank Muller is not the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nils heber, UT, United States 02-05-11
    Nils heber, UT, United States 02-05-11 Member Since 2009
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    "An oddly compelling story"

    about a typical dysfunctional family that somehow kept me interested until the end. Not a favorite, but not bad either. Worth a listen.

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    Raine Amelia, OH USA 02-03-11
    Raine Amelia, OH USA 02-03-11 Member Since 2008
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    "As much as pleasure as the first time"

    I read this book many years ago on the advice of writer friend of mine and loved it from the first chapter. Listening to this made me fall in love all over again. The story is riviting and, of course, Frank Muller was wonderful. I truly miss his reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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