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  • South of Broad

  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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By: Pat Conroy
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Summary

Number one New York Times best seller.

“A big sweeping novel of friendship and marriage” (The Washington Post) by the celebrated author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini.

Leopold Bloom King has been raised in a family shattered - and shadowed - by tragedy. Lonely and adrift, he searches for something to sustain him and finds it among a tightly knit group of outsiders. Surviving marriages happy and troubled, unrequited loves and unspoken longings, hard-won successes and devastating breakdowns, as well as Charleston, South Carolina’s dark legacy of racism and class divisions, these friends will endure until a final test forces them to face something none of them are prepared for.

Spanning two turbulent decades, South of Broad is Pat Conroy at his finest: a masterpiece from a great American writer whose passion for life and language knows no bounds.

©2009 Pat Conroy (P)2009 Random House

Critic reviews

“Vintage Pat Conroy...a big sweeping novel of friendship and marriage.” (The Washington Post)

“Conroy remains a magician of the page.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“Richly imagined...These characters are gallant in the grand old-fashioned sense, devoted to one another and to home. That siren song of place has never sounded so sweet.” (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

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wonderful story

I loved Beach Music years ago and tried this one. It's a bloody thriller I would say. I know little about America and the deep routed feelings for the south. This teaches one about life. Racism and the heroes that fought it and partially won against all odds. Love and heartbreak. Orphans and rednecks and the Catholic curse of child abuse. Life goes on and there are so many wonderful people out there but some not so pleasant. I would recommend this to anyone who likes adventure and life. There is always some light at the end of the tunnel. One day I'll visit Charleston and get the real feeling. This took me right there and I loved it.

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A beautiful gentle story

I've read all of Pat Conroy's books but this is the first I've listened to on audiobook. Mark Deakins' narration is flawless and thoroughly convincing. Without revealing the plot, I have to say this story has everything - murder, rape, elitism, religion, gender and racial tensions, AIDS, suicide, mental health issues, grief, death and dying. It also has warmth, love, comradeship and understanding. The story meanders, taking the listener on emotional highs and lows along the way. It is not an action-packed novel, but a novel packed with life's action. A thoroughly enjoyable listen.

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Almost the same as beach music

I read his other title, Beach Music and really enjoyed it, and kept the author in the back of my mind for another read as some point. I chose this, and it strongly resembles the first book. Similar characters with similar names, the relationship between the characters and the protagonist are almost the same. Really dissapointing, was expecting more. Not sure how enjoyable this would be if this is your first novel by the author. I didn't bother finishing the book as it held no appeal for me.

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