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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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    Gregory BRISBANE, CA, United States 06-07-13
    Gregory BRISBANE, CA, United States 06-07-13
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    "Draws you in!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Prince of Tides to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Frank Muller's voices for each of his characters gives not only life and identity, but also depth and an reason to connect with them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Prince of Tides?

    The deep, dark secret in the Wingo family!


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    Marc 05-22-13
    Marc 05-22-13
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    "A book that needs to be shared."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've driven 100 miles a day listening to audio books for 5 years. This is the best one yet. The way it is written and read is like poetry that played like a visual movie in my mind. It is unlike the other "read" books that you hear but don't fully listen too. This one is on the top shelf of my collection and I encourage you to take it in. It is more than just the story, it is the unraveling of words that are in itself art and truly enjoyable. I was impressed.


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    Donna A Massachusetts 04-02-13
    Donna A Massachusetts 04-02-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Magically, emotional and at times very disturbing"

    Pat Conroy's The Prince of Tides is the story of the Wingo family - past and present as told through the eyes of Tom Wingo. Tom’s life is a mess – he had lost his teaching/coaching job, had a nervous breakdown and a marriage that on the rocks. He grew up along with his 2 siblings in a dysfunctional family – at times an abusive father, a mother that was somewhat more caring, but was unable to protect her children from her husband, a mother that viewed her social ambitions as being more important than anything else including her life. Once more life is about to change for Tom when his beautiful and very talent twin sister Savannah tries once again to commit suicide. At the request Susan Lowenstein, Savannah's psychiatrist, Tom travels to NY City to meet with Dr. Lowenstein to unravel the secrets of her terrible childhood and in doing so helps to save him. During these meetings we the reader travel back to the low country of Charleston, SC and become intimate with the trials and tribulation of the Wingo family; where the good doctor’s helps to break down Tom's protective shell to discover the horrors that took place during the Wingo's childhood. It is also during these time times we get a little more insight into Lowenstein’s personal life, of her reclusive husband and bratty son and how Tom is able to help her mend her self-esteem.

    Many years ago I read Pat Conroy’s Beach Music which became one of my all-time favorite books. His writing is . I am not so sure why I wait so very long to read another book of him.

    This was actual an audiobook read my Frank Miller and was highly recommended by a Goodreads – Thank you Tracey. It took me sometime to feel comfortable with Frank’s narrative style – but some 22+ hours later thoroughly enjoyed his narration especially how he portrayed Tom’s humor, sarcasm – right down to his rudeness.

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    Chris COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 03-18-13
    Chris COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 03-18-13
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    "Fabulous storytelling!"

    Pat Conroy's amazing ability to tell a story is obvious in this intricately interwoven tale. Frank Muller does an incredible job narrating!!

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    Annelies roswell, GA, United States 03-18-13
    Annelies roswell, GA, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "great family saga"
    If you could sum up The Prince of Tides in three words, what would they be?

    epic, spellbinding, local


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Prince of Tides?

    the rape scene and the tiger


    Would you be willing to try another one of Frank Muller’s performances?

    nah, I got used to him, but did not like his heaviness


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    relationship between Tom and Susan's son


    Any additional comments?

    Pat Conroy is a wonderful and thorough storyteller.
    Would like to know how much - if any- of this story is autobiographical

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    Heather Thornton, CO, United States 03-04-13
    Heather Thornton, CO, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "You MUST listen to this book!!!"

    This is, hands down and far and away, the best audiobook I have listened to yet. Not only is the story incredible, the writing beautiful, the characters heartbreakingly real- the narration is SUPERB. Frank Muller is an artist. He will take you on a journey, and you will be changed. I have recommended this book to everyone I know who listens to audiobooks and they all say the same. This was one very well spent credit.

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    Amazon Customer Hendersonville, NC, United States 03-04-13
    Amazon Customer Hendersonville, NC, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Wonderful story, fantastic narration"
    What made the experience of listening to The Prince of Tides the most enjoyable?

    The voice of Frank Muller. His was the perfect voice for the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Savannah was my favorite character. It was interesting to see how she coped with her childhood.


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    It was like hearing poetry read to me.


    If you could rename The Prince of Tides, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename it.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book I will listen to again and recommend to my friends.

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    Remdawg Fan Massachusetts, USA 03-02-13
    Remdawg Fan Massachusetts, USA 03-02-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A Great Story"

    Prince of Tides is a compelling story that is full of interesting characters, emotion and humor. Frank Muller turns in a masterful performance by giving each character its own unique voice. I highly recommend this book.

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    Pauline 03-01-13
    Pauline 03-01-13
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    "Great Listen"
    Would you listen to The Prince of Tides again? Why?

    Yes, I will listen to this again. The narrator and fascination with the authors use of words made this a great experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The weave of the stories of characters was easy to follow.


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    His voice and skill in reading made the Prince of Tides, as the author himself said, a work of art.


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

    I found it riveting, fascinating, and a good story. The best listen I've experienced


    Any additional comments?

    The story was well told, but I found Luke's end a little extreme. But maybe I was just tired when I got to the finish.

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    Carmen Renee Liddell Bonaire, GA United States 02-22-13
    Carmen Renee Liddell Bonaire, GA United States 02-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Best Book Ever!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Prince of Tides the most enjoyable?

    It is uplifting and funny. It helps you appreciate the craziness that goes on in your own family!


    If you could rename The Prince of Tides, what would you call it?

    Real Crazy Southern Families


    Any additional comments?

    Gotta Get It

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