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The Water Is Wide Audiobook

The Water Is Wide

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The island is nearly deserted, haunting, beautiful. Across a slip of ocean lies South Carolina. But for the handful of families on Yamacraw island, America is a world away. For years the people here lived proudly from the sea, but now its waters are not safe. Waste from industry threatens their very existence – unless, somehow, they can learn a new life. But they will learn nothing without someone to teach them, and their school has no teacher.

©2010 Pat Conroy (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A hell of a good story." (The New York Times)

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    SarahHouston Houston, Texas USA 10-22-10
    SarahHouston Houston, Texas USA 10-22-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Conroy's early autobiography"

    Conroy describes and quotes the students from Yamacraw Island in such an amusing and endearing way that it's hard not to fall in love with them. Dan John Miller, who did such an amazing job narrating Lords of Discipline, once again brings each characther to life with his superb narration. I found this book fascinating as it describes Conroy's early life as a teacher and touches on many of the stories that he used in later novels. He also describes some real life characters (including himself) who are recognizable from his other books.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 09-14-14
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 09-14-14 Member Since 2016

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

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    "A sad state of affairs"

    Conroy shares his experience teaching on an isolated island off the South Carolina coast in the 1960s. Truthfully, I'm not sure if it was the writing on the story that makes me rate this a 3 (it was ok) versus something higher. You can imagine what his teaching experience on an isolated island, largely left alone by modern day, was like: poor families, students who could not read and did not know that the name of their country was the United States of America, an education system controlled on the mainland that treated this remote island and its students as second, or even third, class citizens, and the list can go on. To his credit, Conroy devoted himself to the students and island, realized that they needed additional experiences and opportunities, and took risks to get his students what they needed, which of course gets him fired. It's sad, and even a little embarrassing, to me that we have allowed lesser education for needier students in our country in the past, as detailed in this story. And I'm not naïve, it's probably still happening today. This book came to me highly recommended, and I would simply recommend it. It's not near the top of all the books I've read, but it was a good read.(

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lesa 07-26-12
    Lesa 07-26-12 Member Since 2016
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    "LOVE IT!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Water Is Wide to be better than the print version?

    I have only listened but I have to say, the narrator really made this book fun!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor!


    What does Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As I said above, he really made the book fun! His interpretation of the kids was fabulous!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a huge Pat Conroy fan - this is by far by fave!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    P. Giorgio Illinois 12-29-10
    P. Giorgio Illinois 12-29-10 Member Since 2011

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    "Anything Pat Conroy writes is wonderful to me."

    After reading all his big books, I took this one on recently and was thrilled that it didn't read like a memoir in the traditional sense. It reads like fiction and it feels like truth. If I have one complaint about it, it is that for the audio, I would have liked Pat's voice instead of the narrator. The narrator was good, but Pat's distinctive voice would have made this even more wonderful.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 03-20-15
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 03-20-15 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Full of P*** and Vinegar"

    The historical account of Pat Conroy's teaching experience on the island of South Carolina's coast caused a rush of emotions for me. Having grown up in the same volatile era myself, I was both angry and sympathetic to his situation. Pat himself notes that had he been a little older and more mature, he may have handled the situation differently, thus prolonging his teaching years on the island. I very much enjoyed the tales of his interaction with the students, parents and inhabitants of Yamacraw Island, which were both funny and endearing. I found much of what he had to say about the Vietnam war, hunting, religion and HIMSELF to be very short sighted and one sided. He did many good things with his students, one of the most important being teaching them that they could go anywhere and be ANYTHING that they choose. But long term, a teacher cannot be friends with his students, bringing them home to spend the night at his house, cussing and taking the Lord's name in vain. While it may improve the child's self esteem, it does not prepare a student for life in the workplace or the professional world at large. The biggest thing that Mr. Conroy did is FIGHT for and LOVE the kids and families of the island, give them a voice, which was desperately needed. For that, I have great respect for Pat Conroy.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Callaway 07-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A storyteller at his best"

    I've been a Conroy fan all my life but somehow never got around to reading this book. I had, of course, seen the movie:-). So glad I got it. Though I don't necessarily agree with some of his characterizations of people and I imagine he exaggerates some things-as most good storytellers do-it is definitely worth your time. The narrator is excellent too, and captures how would imagine different people would speak perfectly. The world lost a great writer when Conroy died.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Gollihugh Clark 03-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Beaufort High School loved Pat Conroy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Water Is Wide to be better than the print version?

    Mr. Conroy taught the year at BHS while I attended. Although I was not fortunate enough to have him as a teacher, I would and was allowed to sit in some of his enormously informative and entertaining classes ! We were sad at his leaving us to go teach at Daufuskie Island, and wished him well at our pep rally in the Gym at BHS. We heard about things that happened over there, and made us sad. When he came out with a book about it, I was happy to get his book and he sign it. Pat was a beautiful kind soul, that simply cared about all people. Color had no affect in his treatment of people. We in Beaufort, adored him. Back in those days, he stood up for believing in something, rather than fall for not trying. I feel blessed to have "known" him somewhat, and having him share my beautiful town in his poetic words in his books. We loved having him live here these last years, and loosing him recently was and is very hard for us. I had to listen to this book for many reasons, it makes me remember so much and with laughter and tears, I've enjoyed it all over again. And, this lovely soul requested to be buried at a quiet black pre civil war cemetery on the Island of St. Helena.....He rests there with some of the best civil right folks from Beaufort !
    R.I.P. Pat.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Rich Pittsburgh 02-13-16
    Leslie Rich Pittsburgh 02-13-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Why did I never know about this book?"
    Would you listen to The Water Is Wide again? Why?

    Absolutely.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Water Is Wide?

    When the author first introduced the children to recorded classical music.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Taking the children off the island.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gunilla 03-29-15
    Gunilla 03-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow, just WOW"

    I read the book many years ago and loved it.
    Dan John Millers narration makes it even better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jean 08-28-14
    Jean 08-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The South at it's not so best!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Pat Conroy is a very descriptive writer. His use of words brought the characters to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Having visited the Bluffton, SC area many times, I could picture all the places Mr. Conroy was describing.


    What does Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't know if he is from the South. But, I felt like I was taken there with the voices he used for different characters.


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

    At the beginning, I did have an angry reaction. I had to remember that this book was written 30 years ago. Although I realize that things haven't completely changed for our black families in the South, I hope it hasn't remained this cruel. I, also, realized that he needed to be this explicit in order for the reader to fully understand the inequity in the education rendered for the children of Yamacaw.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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