Regular price: $34.99

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

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)

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    1,136
  • 4 Stars
    376
  • 3 Stars
    126
  • 2 Stars
    33
  • 1 Stars
    24

Performance

  • 4.6 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    976
  • 4 Stars
    246
  • 3 Stars
    71
  • 2 Stars
    15
  • 1 Stars
    13

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    925
  • 4 Stars
    252
  • 3 Stars
    98
  • 2 Stars
    24
  • 1 Stars
    20
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

A brilliant story well told

Beautifully written. Each word to be savored as you experience a bit of southern boyhood. How I love Pat Conroy.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

great book

first part was interesting enough to keep me engaged. The last part was fantastic. It really finished with a bang.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Six stars

Excellent. Now among my all time favorites. Story plot and story telling are equally perfect.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

The sickness of control and power

What did you love best about The Lords of Discipline?

The ability of the writer to get you inside the book and characters since the beginning of the book. I almost to not start the book because I did not like the subject, if there is something I hate in people is the what power can do to them and to the people they control.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lords of Discipline?

The friendship of the 4 roomates.

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

Dan John Miller is one of my favor performance, he can do so many voices and always remember which one he uses for each character, he is great

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

No i do not like to listen books in what sitting, I get impatience. I like to flavor the book.

Any additional comments?

This book is one of the best books I have listen in the last 5 years. The Prince of Tides is a book I always remember, and the The Lord of Discipline will stay with me for long time, and I will listen again in the future.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • PAM
  • Dallas, TX, United States
  • 12-12-16

Good book for a movie

Conroe is a little wordy but I can see why this book is a classic.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

now that it's over, I know I'm going to miss Will

I love the bond that these boys built. I loved the internal struggle for what is true and right. The performance was outstanding...The voices of each character were unique and fit their description. This is an outstanding listen!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Kelly
  • Colorado Springs
  • 10-06-16

A Harrowing Story told Magnificently & Beautifully

Pat Conroy had the stunning mastery of our English language which never failed to enthrall and awe me, and leave me at a loss for my own poor vocabulary. I look at the blank page where I want to write my review and I am inept and incapable. My words do not come. It seems I am not alone in that as I read many reviews where others make similar comments.

Mr Conroy told deeply tortured stories about real people. His characters are so achingly real that I would know them if they were to walk into the room. His stories are painted in my mind and I am left lonely when I finish the last words and have to say goodbye. I find myself in love with Charleston, and the other southern locales from his books. I am sickened by the pain humans inflict upon one another. I grieve, I laugh, I think, I hope, I am angry. The emotional and thoughtful stories carry me from one scene to the next and I cannot even think about pushing the stop button or closing the page. He is a masterful storyteller and his sentences make me rejoice in language.

If you haven't read this book do yourself a favor and read it. Now. It is not one to be missed.

Dan John Miller narrated it beautifully. Although I am not from the south and cannot attest to the accuracy of his accent I found his words to have the lyrical, rounded sound that I hear when I listen to others who are from the south. He read the book with a careful attention to detail, letting the words from the page sing and soar. I was a bit afraid to listen to this book, having read it in the past -- narrators can sometimes change the sound of a book to me, and that generally leaves me disappointed. But Mr Miller gave Mr Conroy's words the care they deserved. He quietly allowed himself to serve the pages. Excellent!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Fabulous

Forgotten how great it is to hear a superbly written book. The narration was excellent as well.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Couldn't stop listening!

The narrator used different voices for the various characters. Masterful! The story is dark and full of grace at the same time. It totally absorbed me. The characters became alive. Poetic and lucious writing. Conroy is a master!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Couldn't stop listening!

Beautifully written, took me to the moments and places thru amazing and poetic words. Felt the thoughts and feelings of Will McLain as if they were my own.