©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)
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.
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.
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.
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
about a typical dysfunctional family that somehow kept me interested until the end. Not a favorite, but not bad either. Worth a listen.
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.
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