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The Lords of Discipline Audiobook

The Lords of Discipline

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Publisher's Summary

This powerful and breathtaking novel is the story of four cadets who have become bloodbrothers. Together they will encounter the hell of hazing and the rabid, raunchy, and dangerously secretive atmosphere of an arrogant and proud military institute. They will experience the violence. The passion. The rage. The friendship. The loyalty. The betrayal. Together, they will brace themselves for the brutal transition to manhood... and one will not survive.

With all the dramatic brilliance he brought to The Great Santini, Pat Conroy sweeps you into the turbulent world of these four friends - and draws you deep into the heart of his rebellious hero, Will McLean, an outsider forging his personal code of honor, who falls in love with a whimsical beauty... and who undergoes a transition more remarkable then he ever imagined possible.

©2002 Pat Conroy (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Reading Pat Conroy is like watching Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel." (Houston Chronicle)

The Lords of Discipline is, simply, an American classic." (Larry King)

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    Robert E. Scarcelle 05-05-11 Member Since 2015
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    "An amazing book"

    Pat Conroy is simply one of the greatest storytellers I have ever listened to. He is able to make you feel every emotion his characters are feeling. You celebrate their victories, mourn their losses and miss them when the book is complete.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sher from Provo Utah 01-08-15
    Sher from Provo Utah 01-08-15 Member Since 2015

    Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.

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    "Another Great Conroy Book"

    Great but sad story. It truly made my heart ache. Conroy is such a great writer that I could just listen all day. He makes me believe I am right in the middle of the action.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 06-21-11
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 06-21-11 Member Since 2008

    Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.

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    "A must read . . . highly recommended!"

    Another winner by Pat Conroy! It s a fascinating story by the author who actually attended and graduated from The Citadel. He assures the reader at the onset of the book that his description of the traditions of the school are as true as he could make it. With believable characters that you really care about and a wonderful narration, this audiobook is one of the most enjoyable I have listened to. It is funny in parts, also sad and harrowing, with a satisfying ending. What more could you ask for?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Minneapolis, MN, United States 09-01-14
    Jane Minneapolis, MN, United States 09-01-14 Member Since 2013

    Erstwhile librarian and tech salesperson. Favorite genres - history, biography, and mystery.

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    "I wish I had listened to the abridged version."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This was very painful to listen to. Pat Conroy writes very luscious prose but the descriptions of the atrocities at the Citadel were too awful to listen to in such detail. I often find that some of the books that I hate when I am listening to are some of the best when I think back later. I am not sure how I will feel looking back on this in a couple of months.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Pat Conroy again?

    Probably not. I have read a couple of books by Pat Conroy before and, although he writes beautifully, I don't really like him as a character in his own books.


    What three words best describe Dan John Miller’s performance?

    He was just too harsh at some times and too wimpy at others.


    Was The Lords of Discipline worth the listening time?

    No - not for the length of the unabridged book. This would have been better as a novella.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Timbolicus Prime Philadelphia, Pa 09-15-13
    Timbolicus Prime Philadelphia, Pa 09-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Avid audiobook listener and reader. I work in the tech industry, but like to go outside my comfort zone with fiction and non-fiction.

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    "An Engaging Story"
    What did you love best about The Lords of Discipline?

    The story was interesting and engaging.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story of the main character about his experience at The Citadel


    What about Dan John Miller’s performance did you like?

    He brought out each character with his skillful and subtle voices. It was amazing.


    If you could rename The Lords of Discipline, what would you call it?

    The Ten


    Any additional comments?

    The story was excellent, but it lost me a bit at the end. Without giving any of it away, it seemed to get melodramatic and I was at the point where I just wanted it to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katerina Moscow, Russia 06-11-13
    Katerina Moscow, Russia 06-11-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Really great introduction to Pat Conroy's books."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lords of Discipline to be better than the print version?

    The book is marvelous, both the audio version and the printed one.I’m not a big fan of military fiction in general and I have to admit that I chose this one because of the narrator Dan John Miller. But when I started to listen and read it simultaneously I couldn’t put it down and finished it in less than 3 days.The narration of this book is just perfect. I can't imagine how it could be better. All characters, male and female alike, sounded perfect, so perfect in fact, that I didn’t just heard, I saw them as they spoke, acted, thought.


    What other book might you compare The Lords of Discipline to and why?

    I don’t remember when I was so moved and captivated by the novel before. The story itself is not just about military college and growing up of young men. It’s about so much more. It’s about acceptance, choices and beliefs, it’s just about life.The brutal honest of the book will make you laugh, cry, bite your lips, dig your nails into your palms and cringe and blush, and it will make you to think over and to question again and again your own honesty and moral codes and that’s in my point of view is the mark of literature masterpiece. And do you really need to compare real masterpiece to anything else?


    Any additional comments?

    All in all I was so impressed that I decided to read more of Pat Conroy’s books and chose to buy audio versions and kindle editions of his two other novels – The Water is Wide, again narrated by Dan John Miller and The Prince of Tide (according to critics one of the best works of Mr. Conroy) narrated by Frank Muller.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Montara, CA, United States 04-05-13
    Larry Montara, CA, United States 04-05-13 Member Since 2010
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    "One of the Best Audiobooks Ever!"

    Pat Conroys writes prose that sounds like poetry when read by Dan John Miller. Although The Lords of Discipline is often referred to as a "coming of age" story it is much more than that. It is told retrospectively so the sensibilities of an adult man inform the life events of a boy. What is remarkable about that feat is that it is done without cynicism.

    Pat nails "it" in this book. It being life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Annual 12-20-12
    Annual 12-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent"

    This book was excellent excellent excellent! I couldn't stop listening. The story and narration were both top notch!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lyn LADY LAKE, FL, United States 09-08-12
    Lyn LADY LAKE, FL, United States 09-08-12 Member Since 2007

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Another Pat Conroy hit !"
    Would you listen to The Lords of Discipline again? Why?

    Actually this was the second time, yes probably once more as it is a timeless story


    What other book might you compare The Lords of Discipline to and why?

    Conroy's "Great Santini" whose characters were as unlikeable as these were likeable. Both were tinged with Catholicism, honor, duty, concience


    Which character – as performed by Dan John Miller – was your favorite?

    Probably Pig because he was so complex


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

    it made my insides twist, what is right or wrong in what circumstance?


    Any additional comments?

    Pat Conroy never fails to satisfy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-28-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Mystery and Intrigue at the Military Academy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes mysteries and military stories. Since these are 2 of my favorite genres, I was quite drawn to the story. The protagonist is Will McLean, a young man who is going through a major military "rite of passage" as a cadet at a famous military academy. As a senior cadet, Will's "plebe" year still haunts him and now he is selected for the daunting task of protecting the academies' first black cadet. His challenges don't stop there, however. He has also begun a relationship with a young lady who is pregnant out of wedlock with unknown man's child. He doesn't struggle alone, he has 3 roommates - 2 Yankees and a "honey prince" of dubious sexual orientation - to whom he has sworn unquestionable loyalty. But as the story unfolds, it becomes obvious to Will that "trust, loyalty and honor" can take on different meanings in the cloistered world of military cadets.

    As a product of the "South" - The Carolina Military Institute is steeped in tradition and produces tough young military officers - or does it? Just what is it the "makes the man" - the questions answered by the end of story will challenge the way you look at all "traditional" institutions and what creates a sense of belonging within them.
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    What other book might you compare The Lords of Discipline to and why?

    There is a book I read many years ago called, "The Long Grey Line" which is similar to the "Lords of Discipline". Likewise, the eloquent writing style will, of course, remind one of the "The Great Santini", also written by Pat Conroy.


    What does Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I liked the narration pretty well except that I felt the female character's voices sounded a bit strained. I guess this is natural when the narrator is a male. Luckily, there are few female characters in this story. Otherwise, the dialogue is witty and quick. The narrator does a good job of bringing the appropriate amount of emotion to the characters.


    If you could rename The Lords of Discipline, what would you call it?

    "A Question of Honor"? "Honor and Discipline"? "Ring of Honor"?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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