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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.

Critic Reviews

“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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Solid story, though autobiographical and anecdotal

The non-linear format confused me several times throughout the story, and I had to check to see if the chapters were mixed out of order, but it just flashed back and forth at times that I didn't agree with. The writing is okay, better than okay, but it seems to take a long time to delve through the harshness of it all, and I keep waiting to come out the other end. multiple story lines keep the interest. The reader is okay, does a very good job of recognizable voices for main characters. I will say that the characters are fleshed out and feel real. A lot of swearing as might be expected. some explicit details of hazing that I did not need to hear, but added to the details. All in all, it is admirable effort, but not my favorite subject.

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  • Geoff
  • Newmarket, ON, Canada
  • 07-06-11

He wears the ring, all right

Utterly beautiful coming-of-age story and a love-letter to the city of Charleston. The narration by Dan John Miller is excellent. I fear whatever I read next, apart from a classic, is going to suffer greatly by comparison.

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  • greg
  • Yonkers, NY, United States
  • 09-13-11

Please read this before buying

I looked at all the 5 star reviews and spent my credits, so I am warning you dear reader run. I am not sure how this got such good reviews , unless there are lot of military school listeners out there who wanted to relive their past. The writing is so heavy handed and stilted, it seemed very dated by today's books. It is preachy and pedantic style got to me. I see how writing the book was very cathartic for the author but I did not enjoy the retelling of his boyhood. Save your money and run.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • matthew
  • payette, ID, United States
  • 12-09-10

Wow this was great! A++

This was a very good book. A little slow at the start "not the kind of book I normaly get" but way more than makes up for it at the end. This is a book you will not regret. Also the narrater is very good and consistent.

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  • Wendi
  • Houston, TX
  • 07-11-12

Conroy's Best

Would you listen to The Lords of Discipline again? Why?

I would definitely listen to The Lords of Discipline again. When I was a kid I would watch the movie over and over again. The book is so much better. Conroy's prose are beautiful and his story telling abilities are insurmountable. This is fiction at it's very best.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the main character, Will. His toughness as well as his vulnerability and his story telling ability are mesmerizing.

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

Dan John Miller has the perfect voice for the main character as well as the other cadets and characters. He does a phenomenal job in bringing the South to life. The suspense mounts and the voices are personified perfectly.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The film is called 'The Lords of Discipline' and I can't imagine anything better than the name of the book.

Any additional comments?

This book is a true classic. I was surprised that many teachers use this book in their high school curriculum. This is a must read for anyone with a voracious appetite for impeccable fiction.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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It’s Pat Conroy, what else needs to be said?

What a great story teller he was, and I consider this tale about an honorable young man one of his best. I also love this narrator.

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Powerful!!!!

I worked at another military academy can appreciate many concepts in this outstanding novel. I realize part of this is fact, part fiction. I recommend Conroy's autobiography for insight into the meaning of this book. I don't think another author has captured the friendships, loyalty, and traditions academy students embrace. I loved "A Separate Peace", which shares similarities but Conroy takes it to a much higher level.

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Wow!!

Crude and vulgar, yet beautiful and sophisticated. This is going on my top 10 list. I cannot wait to read Conroy's other books. If they are half as good as The Lords of Discipline, I will be ecstatic.

The narrator did a fantastic job. I loved his portrayal of the different characters. He nailed it.

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Awesome. Captivating tale. Loved it!

Awesome. Captivating tale. Really enjoyed the sarcastic tone of the protagonist. Very intriguing to get an insight into a high disciplinr military institute. Loved the characters too. I see both why some readers have been drawn to the institute by this book and why it also repels others. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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Outstanding narrator

If I could gave Dan John Miller 6 stars, I would. Great story made even better by a fantastic performance.