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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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GREAT

LOVED IT! As usual Conroy is slightly melodramatic but only in the best way possible

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Pat Conroy at his finest

He wears the ring. The simplicity of that first line is so difficult to define that the words become complex and undefinable.

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One of my favorite novels... but not as audiobook

love this book, read it at least 10x... as an audiobook i Just wanted him to get to the point already. Great performance.

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Great listen!

not much for military stories but the human. element overrode that part of the story. the integration aspect was interesting.

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Every Conroy book becomes my favorite. excellent

words can't describe how good this book is. all Conroy books are the best. memorable

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Very average book with exceptional narrartion

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The Do-Gooder quality of the characters

Would you ever listen to anything by Pat Conroy again?

Not likey

Have you listened to any of Dan John Miller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not, however I have to say this has been one of the best narrated books I have heard. He is very versatile in his voices and a dynamic reader. It was the narration that kept me engaged. 5 out of 5

Could you see The Lords of Discipline being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Unfortunately yes

Any additional comments?

The characters are very one dimensional and the story surrounds the cliche liberal minded soul stuck in a conservative world.

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All-time best

I have been a life-long, avid reader. And this is one of my three or four favorite novels, of the many hundreds I have read. I am glad that nearly thirty years after the first time I read it, I chose to listen to it again.

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Amazing and emotional book.

I loved this book. Thought it would be long and boring but it was so good.

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  • Atlanta, Gabon
  • 02-22-15

It's Pronounced Shay-ko!

What a wonderful "read"! Brought back many memories!

The narrator did a superb job with the exception of pronunciation of military and Citadel-specific phrases.

Each time I heard "as you were" and "shako", I couldn't help but cringe as it grated across my eardrums like the screeching of chalk across the chalkboard.

It's a small, pedantic complaint... Yet any former cadet of "The Institute" would no doubt experience the same distaste.

Nonetheless, overall praise for an excellent novel, and an excellent reading of it!

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A true pleasure to read

I highly recommend this book, and reach far beyond all expectations and I found Conroy's use of the English language truly beautiful and powerfully delivered by the narrator. It is one of those books that I will return to and read again, hopefully sometime in the near future. This book has inspired me to read anything Pat Conroy has ever written, including his cookbook, which I have to admit is not my forte.