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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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    Amazon Customer California 01-05-17
    Amazon Customer California 01-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Pat Conroy's Beach Music is just great writing"

    His phrases are full of subtle after taste like fine wine. the story is moving, surprising, and healing.

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    JM Stamford, CT 11-08-16
    JM Stamford, CT 11-08-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Could not finish this book"
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    Too many story lines that lead to nowhere ... was expecting something will finally happen but it was just one short story following another. I tried this book twice once reading and once as audiobook but could not go through it. I gave up at Chapter 16.

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    Brooklyn girl 09-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Pat Conroy never disappoints!"

    He brings you from the depth of despair to the heights of joy, round and round, so much like life itself. Wonderful.

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    Susan 08-30-16
    Susan 08-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "So sad it ended!"

    this is a beautifully written story that you can't help but get lost in it. I didn't even realize that I was moving through it so quick. it is amazing how conroy interwine all his characters' stories. he is truly gifted

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    Dan 08-27-16
    Dan 08-27-16
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    "One of my all time favorite books!"

    Pay Conroy captures the Southern spirit better thank almost any other author. Every Southern family can either relate to or know someone who reflects many of his characters. In Beach Music, Conroy weaves an amazingly intricate story with elements that make every character realistic. Plus, he explains why Southerners are the way we are and why we act as we do. I'm a Southern boy at heart who moved away from the South before learning to understand and appreciate my upbringing better, partially from reading Conroy's books.

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    Emily Mills River, NC, United States 08-21-16
    Emily Mills River, NC, United States 08-21-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Adore"

    I simply could not have loved this masterpiece more. It is fiction and self-help all wrapped into one. Conroy can write a poem in a sentence and you are ready to weep by its punctuation mark.

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    Grady home 07-17-16
    Grady home 07-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Monotone narrator"

    This was not one of my favorites by Pat Conroy. But I can't help but think I would of liked it better with s different narrator. It was painful til the end!

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    Belinda Melson-Kennedy 05-24-16 Member Since 2003
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    "Best Conroy ever!"

    I simply adore this book! Beautifully rich plot with gorgeous imagery. I feel in love with the family and wanted the book to never end. Must read!

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    Ashby Vose 05-20-16
    Ashby Vose 05-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved Beach Music!"

    The story is rich and multifaceted and the characters are so interesting. I love the narrator's South Carolina accent, reminds me of Kevin Spacey's accent in House of Cards and it makes hearing about the South very authentic. I cried at the end for so many reasons both happy and sad. I would highly recommend this book and plan to look for more Pat Conroy books!

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    Randy 04-07-16
    Randy 04-07-16 Member Since 2013
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    "The accent's the thing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not a friend from the region, at least the audio version.


    What other book might you compare Beach Music to and why?

    Mr. Conroy's books have a distinctive feel, pace and wit. Prince of Tides has the same feel.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan Marosz’s performances?

    Yes, I'm about to do just that.


    Did Beach Music inspire you to do anything?

    Yes! Write a book based in the south that doesn't need an accented reading.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Marosz did a good job, but the low country accent is something I just can't abide. Although it may be technically correct, it sounds like a foreign tongue in this reading. I'll just read this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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