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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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    Jill Micheau San Ramon, CA USA 07-03-10
    Jill Micheau San Ramon, CA USA 07-03-10 Member Since 2001

    JMM in CA

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    "Great book, narration OK"

    This is one of the books on my list of top-ten all time favorites. I've read it many times and thought I'd try listening. The language Conroy uses is so divine... this is one of the only books I've read in my long life that has a preface that is so lyrical that it sticks in my mind... the rest of the book is just as good.
    The narration is good, but does not contribute to the story in the way that a brilliant reader sometimes can... think about Frank McCourt's reading of Angela's Ashes, or the audio version of The Help... those narrations made execellent books even better, bringing a new dimension to the text. This reading is quite good, but not in the same class.
    Still, if you haven't read this book, you need to. It's beautiful, lyrical, funny, profound.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Southaven, MS, United States 01-26-10
    Carol Southaven, MS, United States 01-26-10 Member Since 2006
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    "A book that reads like poetry."

    I am so glad I listened to this. A lot of words and none of them wasted. A plot that kept me wondering which way it would go and an end that I I did not predict.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Sterling Heights, MI, United States 04-25-13
    Karen Sterling Heights, MI, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "AWFUL"
    Would you try another book from Pat Conroy and/or Frank Muller?

    No, it sounded like a whining sorry sap. Both the voice and the content.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I already started "Killing Kennedy". Wow what a difference in tone and quality.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Frank Muller?

    I don't know. He did convey the sentiment, Oh, feel sorry for me. I am such a looser. Who wants to listen to that????????


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I couldn't listen to it long enough to find out. I listened to the first 2 hours and that is all I could stand.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time on this garbage.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James United States 07-02-12
    James United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Best of Conroy"
    Would you listen to The Prince of Tides again? Why?

    No;once is enough.Its very good,and somthing Iwould remember


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tom


    Did Frank Muller do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    yes?


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Ihave read all of Pat Conro'ys books,and this was the best yet.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alisa moscow, Russia 06-12-12
    Alisa moscow, Russia 06-12-12
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    "disappointed"
    Would you try another book from Pat Conroy and/or Frank Muller?

    No


    Has The Prince of Tides turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It is the most depressing book I have ever heard. How could I load it back?


    Any additional comments?

    It is not a story of a family. It is the story of ugly family scandals. I stopped listening it after the second chapter.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tonya La Mesa, CA, United States 06-23-10
    Tonya La Mesa, CA, United States 06-23-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Well-written but it drags a bit"

    This is a well-written novel with a unique plot and interesting characters, but it started to drag after about the 11th hour. I think the author could have arrived at his destination a bit sooner without belaboring some of the details. I think this is a better read than a listen because the narrators voice can start to sound like a ranting angry man after a while and I personally don't like to listen to that for too long.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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