Cathy Kernodle

San Antonio, TX, United States
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  • My Reading Life

  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Pat Conroy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
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  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
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Pat Conroy, the beloved American storyteller, is also a vora­cious reader. He has for years kept a notebook in which he notes words or phrases, just from a love of language. But read­ing for him is not simply a pleasure to be enjoyed in off-hours or a source of inspiration for his own writing. It would hardly be an exaggeration to claim that reading has saved his life, and if not his life then surely his sanity.

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  • Conroy shares his storytelling

  • By Howard on 11-17-10

Great writer memoir

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Reviewed: 02-07-12

What made the experience of listening to My Reading Life the most enjoyable?

Having just listened to The Prince of Tides & loving the often lyrical writing, I was anxious to hear more about the author. I was not disappointed! Learning more about his life deepens one's appreciation of his books (and frankly, all literature). Made me want to stop my life and just immerse myself in literature!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Conroy's mother. Her amazing dedication to educating herself and her children was awesome to hear.

What does Pat Conroy bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

At first you wish perhaps a more polished reader read the book, but you quickly are drawn into Conroy's passion and dedication to his art. Would not have been so personal without his own narration.

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

I always wonder which part of a book most closely resembles an author 's real life. How amazing that one of the most fantastical parts of The Prince of Tides is based on a true character from his real life (scary big criminal guy). It is also very rare that I have laughed out loud at certain parts of a book and also felt so moved and inspired about other parts. I still laugh thinking about the librarian episode. And I just downloaded 60-some hours of War abd Peace! Don't know about W&P, but if Pat Conroy says it's a great book, I'm willing to give it a go!

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