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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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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.

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Fantastic Narration!

Had Dan Miller not narrated this one I don't know if I would have made it past some of the long winded sections. One again, my big complaint is lack of editing. There were numerous sections that went on and on that slowed the story and had my mind wandering. The story was strong (it even broughte to tears and angered me) and it didn't need these verbose sections. Also, I do not like a preamble where the author tells us how to receive the book before reading it. I quickly skipped that part. Dan Miller did an excellent job, and I always knew which character was speaking. Worth the credit.

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A very solid book

The writing is superb- the characters are wonderfully developed and the settings are impeccably painted. The scenarios seem very believable. The narrator is one of the best that I have heard. It did end leaving me feeling a little bit hollow at the end, but I suppose that is what I was meant to be feeling. Overall just a very engaging book, I would put it in my top 10% of all time.

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A lot more than what the movie depicted.

Overall, a good story but could drag on in long portions. Read this before you ever see the movie or you'll be disappointed.

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Brilliant text

Listening to this novel allowed us to hear the nuances of words so perfectly chosen to form descriptions that make us feel that we are part of the story. The humanity of The Lords of Discipline will penetrate any heart with its brutal honesty. We highly recommend it!

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No one tells a story better than Pat Conroy

Loved it completely. Narration was excellent. Story was one of Pat Conroy's best. Stop whatever you are doing and purchase this audio book.

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  • Susan
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Ten-hut!

Wow this is a rough Read. Interesting what was expected or accepted during the Vietnam War. There was no room for the week. These young men were put through rigorous and demeaning torture that was applied by ruthless men that had to have had a history of violence or abuse in their younger lives. The power hungry, older officers should have been charged with Conduct Unbecoming an Officer and a Gentleman. On the flip side there was a group of friends that were very loyal to each other...or were they? Good writing, characters and narration.

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"To those that seek the ring... Read this book."

Read this book if you are desire to graduate from a military academy.
I wish I could have read this book 22 years ago.
Loved it.
There are hardships but one can overcome if you cooperate with your classmates.