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The Water Is Wide | [Pat Conroy]

The Water Is Wide

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.
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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.

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

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    P. Giorgio Illinois 12-29-10
    P. Giorgio Illinois 12-29-10 Member Since 2001

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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Irene Krenzke Houston, Texas USA 10-22-10
    Sarah Irene Krenzke Houston, Texas USA 10-22-10 Member Since 2009
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lesa Knoxville, TN, United States 07-26-12
    Lesa Knoxville, TN, United States 07-26-12
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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ungar Budapest, Hungary 10-10-12
    Ungar Budapest, Hungary 10-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great listen!"
    Where does The Water Is Wide rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that it was about a real teacher-parents-pupils situation. The parts describing the black children and their life on the island were very informative and revelatory. The whole book sometimes reminded me of McCourt's Teacher Man, another favourite of mine.


    Have you listened to any of Dan John Miller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don t think I have, but this one was absolutely great. He has an infinite number of voices!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You can t change the world, but trying to do so produces a good book.


    Any additional comments?

    Another book which will hopefully reduce the gap between blacks and whites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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