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Beach Music Audiobook

Beach Music

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Publisher's Summary

Pat Conroy is without doubt America's favorite storyteller, a writer who portrays the anguished truth of the human heart and the painful secrets of families in richly lyrical prose and unforgettable narratives.

Now, in Beach Music, he tells of the dark memories that haunt generations, in a story that spans South Carolina and Rome and reaches back into the unutterable terrors of the Holocaust.

Beach Music is about Jack McCall, an American living in Rome with his young daughter, trying to find peace after the recent trauma of his wife's suicide. But his solitude is disturbed by the appearance of his sister-in-law, who begs him to return home, and of two school friends asking for his help in tracking down another classmate who went underground as a Vietnam protester and never resurfaced. These requests launch Jack on a journey that encompasses the past and the present in both Europe and the American South, and that leads him to shocking--and ultimately liberating--truths.

Told with deep feeling and trademark Conroy humor, Beach Music is powerful and compulsively readable. It is another masterpiece in the legendary list of classics that his body of work has already become.

©2009 Pat Conroy; (P)2009 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Astonishing...stunning...the range of passions and subjects that brings life to every page is almost endless." (The Washington Post Book World)

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    Lorri New Albany, IN, United States 04-20-10
    Lorri New Albany, IN, United States 04-20-10 Listener Since 2007

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    "Hilarious and enjoyable"

    Jack McCall comes to terms with his dysfunctional family after a time spent in Rome. He returns to South Carolina to a dying mother. While in SC he confronts his demons from his young adult years and his brothers. The smart a$$ dialogue between Jack and his brothers is hysterical. The only drawback for me is that this novel is intensely liberal. I - as a conservative - found this objectionable. The center line has been moved so far to the left that I appear radical. All of that aside, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the humour.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Clay Johnson 06-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Captures you from the beginning!"

    Pat pulled me right into the story and made me feel like I was right there in it. I felt like I knew well each of the important people that brought the story to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie 06-19-16
    Marjorie 06-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "One of my favorites"

    I would recommend this book to anyone who loves beautiful writing, characters you fall in love with and story that is hard and heartbreaking but resolves in a way that leaves you smiling with your heart full.
    I have read his books but really appreciate what an excellent writer and poet he is when i hear it read out loud.
    This is a rich beautiful novel that you won't want to be over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Library Volunteer Oklahoma City, OK United States 10-23-14
    Library Volunteer Oklahoma City, OK United States 10-23-14 Member Since 2008

    A Book and a Cat: Nothing more

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    "Another dysfunctional family in a Conroy epic"

    I am a Pat Conroy fan. His novels are complex, and there's always someone quite deranged in the plot somewhere. This venture is set once again in SC low country, steeped in Southern culture (with all its virtues and vices), and oozing with messy family relationships. There is romance, tragedy, and hard-won dignity.

    Spend some hours contemplating how the characters got to this point, and how they will go forward.

    A worthwhile read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. 07-05-11
    L.W. 07-05-11

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Great Book..."

    I love Pat Conroy...Love his books. When I could still read books I this one and loved it. It is tragic and awesome and epic. Beautifully written. Loved the interview Audible did with this writer.
    After my first listen this narrator was good, sounds southern but he just talks too fast when the characters are talking to one another. That being said I have criticized narrators before and regretted it. I really appreciate the work they do.
    Pat Conroy is timeless and his writing eternal. He will make you laugh and cry and break your very heart. Historically worldwide these things either break you or you perservere. I believe you can enjoy this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    1gr8muggle 06-12-17
    1gr8muggle 06-12-17
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    "Terrible narration"

    I have read this book twice. I got this audiobook to enjoy it once again, and I cannot get past how terrible this narrator is. He tries to move between accents, and he is so ineffective it is distracting. His South Carolina accent is very inconsistent and he reads much too quickly. If you have never read the book, I recommend doing so instead of listening to this audiobook. It is a wonderful story with rich and humorous characters, but it all gets lost in this terrible performance.

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    Christine M 06-04-17
    Christine M 06-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Most excellent"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It's a story you live in, and wish it not to end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beach Music?

    Many memorable moments, but I don't want to give them away.


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

    There are many scenes in this story that will bring on tears, or laughter.


    Any additional comments?

    The excellent narration made this book so memorable. I imagine it was read just as Pat Conroy would have told it, sitting out on the veranda late into the evening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Megan 06-02-17
    Megan 06-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "absolutely beautiful"

    what a wonderful story and narrator. probably the best or top 3 books I've ever read. so moved, i think I'll start it over.

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    Jean 05-19-17
    Jean 05-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Best Book Ever!"

    This is the third time I have read this book and every time I cry and laugh all the way through it. If you want to wonderful deep meaningful read try this book!

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    Christopher Peltack, Sr. Desert Center, CA United States 04-08-17
    Christopher Peltack, Sr. Desert Center, CA United States 04-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Beach Music: A Sound Read"

    Conroy swims in florid prose too often, but the story is captivating, and some metaphors and similes he uses are simply amazing. Jack's development as the protagonist is solid, though his and his friends' perspectives on the Vietnam War are a bit too weakly developed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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