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Step into the powerhouse life of Bull Meecham. He's all Marine -- fighter pilot, king of the clouds, and absolute ruler of his family. Lillian is his wife -- beautiful, southern-bred, with a core of velvet steel. Without her cool head, her kids would be in real trouble. Ben is the oldest, a born athlete whose best never satisfies the big man. Ben's got to stand up, even fight back, against a father who doesn't give in -- not to his men, not to his wife, and certainly not to his son. Bull Meecham is undoubtedly Pat Conroy's most explosive character -- a man you should hate, but a man you will love.
©1976 Pat Conroy; (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Great book!

This story was funny, sad, but told in such a powerful voice! A must read!

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Great narration for a great story

I listened to this book on Audible and it was absolutely fabulous. The characters that Conroy write about, so clearly drawn from his own history, are fascinating. The final year of Ben's childhood with his marine fighterpilot father, beautiful mother, and three interesting siblings, makes a perfect setting for a gripping novel that is at times funny and at times tragic, so like life. Conroy has a way of really capturing emotions and bringing them to the surface, allowing his characters to grapple with everything from racism to ignorance to sex to love. His characters are so real that you can actually love them and hate them at the same time. Dick Hill does a great job of capturing a voice for Santini that is even better than Duvall's in the movie. Overall he does a great job of characterizing everyone in this character-driven novel.

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Santini-He was who he was

If you could sum up The Great Santini in three words, what would they be?

no excuses, unapologetic, rough

What did you like best about this story?

The tales men told of their tails....

What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

AMAZING!

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

When Santini went back to the BB Court and his wife acknowledged that his practice after the 1:1 scene was an apology.

Any additional comments?

Mary Ann annoyed the heck out of me.

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I love Pat Conroy.

I found myself driving an extra 10 miles out of the way just to finish a chapter. Classical Conroy. my favorite part? "One can not simply decide to be Southern".

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excellent job.

Stand By for Healing from a Fighter Pilot. We grow from what hurts us, as well as from what loves us.

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Conroy will be missed

Loved it! Was skeptical bc I'm not a fan of war stories. Which means I judged the book by its cover. This one grabs you by the heart and twists it.

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Great story, not too happy with the performance

What made the experience of listening to The Great Santini the most enjoyable?

I've loved this story for over a decade, since I first read it in paperback. It strikes a cord with me - the south, the military, boy and father - their relationship. Boy becoming a man. <br/><br/>This audiobook however, the performance of the narrator was too monotone for my liking and took away from the book coming to life.

What other book might you compare The Great Santini to and why?

Lords of Discipline

Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

Nope - too monotone for my liking.

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  • Sara
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  • 04-14-16

Great writing & vocal performance

Pat Conroy is a gifted author and Dan Hill's performance spectacular. Highly recommend this audible book

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Real Heros from previous times ways and wars

sounds like real life from military people's and the ways of the service life. the hurt, the joys, the way families should stick together tjick and thin, good and bad, for life is a learning and loving experience and God's word and ways always will see us through God Bless our service people's their families, or country and our people's , and our families America, Praise And Glory be to God. Amen.

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Conroy's first

It's a great story of family and dark secrets that takes a while to get going. Love conroy and Santini is good but certainly not his best.