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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)

What Members Say

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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.

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    Silvercreek 04-05-16
    Silvercreek 04-05-16
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    "Pat Conroy makes me want to be from the South."

    Just an excellent story and writing.Pat Conroy makes me want to be from The South, and in fearful awe of its inherent eccentricity all at the same time.

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    Elizabeth B. Curtis Monroe, NY USA 04-05-16
    Elizabeth B. Curtis Monroe, NY USA 04-05-16 Member Since 2014

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    "An all time favorite brought to life"
    What made the experience of listening to Beach Music the most enjoyable?

    Was great to experience this book again...this time being read to me...


    What did you like best about this story?

    the depth of the characters


    What about Jonathan Marosz’s performance did you like?

    engaging


    Who was the most memorable character of Beach Music and why?

    the 'priest'...no spoilers!


    Any additional comments?

    The literary world has lost a great author...with the passing of Pat Conroy...I hope there's a vault of books that will be released over time...but I doubt we could get that lucky! 'Prince of Tides' is another amazing listen on Audible...

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    Bruce Anne Milberger 03-31-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Horrid narrator"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Someone with a real southern accent - actually a coastal South Carolina accent. Not only is the accent so very annoying, but his voice is harsh and irritating and he seems to be rushing through.


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

    Anything by Pat Conroy! His grasp of language and imagery is beyond compare.


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

    Never. I'm not even sure I can finish listening to this one.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I read this in book form more years ago than I want to admit, but the story, as his stories often do, made me feel many things. Anger, sadness, hope, the depth of love we hold for each other. Pick an emotion, you'll find it in Pat Conroy!


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    J. Walton Atlanta, GA USA 03-16-16
    J. Walton Atlanta, GA USA 03-16-16

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    "Droppin' your G's does not a Southerner make"
    Where does Beach Music rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Listened to after Conroy's death...I had read the book ages ago and loved it. I would have to put it in the middle, because the narrator ruined the story for me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack, of course. He is vulnerable, yet strong, impacted by life events, but keeps going for his daughter Leah.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He seemed to think that droppin' G's from every word that ends in "ing" sounds Southern. The worst Southern accent I've ever heard. I love this story so much, I plowed through despite the narration, but he is reallllllly hard to listen to.


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

    Could only take so much of the narration, but with a better narrator, absolutely!


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    Angelia 03-06-16
    Angelia 03-06-16
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    "Please get a different narrator"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is wonderful. A true master work. The trouble is that it was ruined by the person narrating.


    What didn’t you like about Jonathan Marosz’s performance?

    Where to begin? His poor accents. A total lack of character differentiation. Poor pronunciation. Horrible timing. It ruined the book.


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    Patricia United States 03-02-16
    Patricia United States 03-02-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant!"

    I loved this book. Pat Conroy is an amazing writer and he managed to weave historical facts from many generations into his story.

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    VEH 02-15-16
    VEH 02-15-16
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    "Wonderful book - merely adequate narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Beach Music the most enjoyable?

    Pat Conroy's wonderful writing kept me listening, despite the pain of listening to Jonathan Marosz's dreadful accents.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His South Carolina accent sounded completely false, but his Italian pronunciation was so bad as to be painful.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader might be fine if he didn't have to contend with accents that he is not good at, but he detracts greatly from the book. I hope this book will be re-recorded with a reader who can do justice to the accents.

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    Sheri Chin 02-09-16
    Sheri Chin 02-09-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story"
    What made the experience of listening to Beach Music the most enjoyable?

    The multi-layered story that goes from the South to Italy and the past to the present.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The character of Lucy is my favorite - a strong and determined woman and a real character!


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

    When Lucy was being treated for cancer....very touching and also the mock trial with the priest.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my favorite books of all time and to be able to listen to it as well as read it is a true bonus. I was so glad when it finally became available on audible and on Kindle.

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