My Losing Season

  • by Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by Chuck Montgomery
  • 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1954, in Orlando, Florida, nine-year-old Pat Conroy discovered the game of basketball. Orlando was another new hometown for a military kid who had spent his life transferring from one home to another; but when the "new kid" got his hands on the ball, the course of his life changed dramatically. From that moment until he was 21, the future author defined himself through the game of basketball.In My Losing Season, Conroy takes listeners through his last year as point guard and captain of the Citadel Bulldogs. He also tells the story of his heartbreaking childhood and of the wonderful series of events that conspired to rescue his spirit.In the 1966-67 season, the Citadel basketball team enjoyed a few victories and suffered a string of defeats, but their true triumphs came when the team pulled together and played the kind of joyous basketball that exceeded the sum of the players' individual talents. And their true humiliations came at the hands of their disciplinarian coach, who counted on the fear and cowering obedience he inspired in his young players to carry the day on the court.And so, without the safeguard of fiction, America's ultimate storyteller turns to the story of his own boyhood. With poignance and humor Conroy reveals the inspirations behind his unforgettable characters, pinpoints the emotions that shaped his own character as a young boy, and ultimately recaptures his passage from athlete to writer.Includes an afterword read by the author.

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What the Critics Say



Book Sense Book of the Year Award Finalist, Adult Non-Fiction, 2003
Alex Award Winner, 2003
"A wonderfully rich, informative, and well-researched reminiscence...this book is a gem." (Library Journal)

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Dare I say "Beautiful"?

This is the heartbreaking real-life story of Pat Conroy as a member of the basketball team at The Citadel. It's the true tale of "The Lords of Discipline," but reality is harsher than fiction. Thank God Mr. Conroy grew to loves books as he has and was given the ability to write words that make us laugh hysterically and cry uncontrollably. That's why he's my favorite.
His recounting, especially, of his meeting with basketball teammate Al Kroboth would make even the harshest critic shed a tear.

Brilliant!
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- M. Diana

Great story--not a good reader

While Pat Conroy's books are always engaging and challenging for the reader, this book loses its Southern heritage being ready by Chuck Montgomery. His annoying misprounciation of Beaufort (which should sound like "beautiful", as in "Beautiful Beaufort by the Sea.") as "Bow-fort," and St. Helena as "St. Hel-een-a" served to frustrate this listener, who thinks these errors are a major problem the publisher should correct. I cannot help but wonder what else the reader has mispronounced? Save your money on this one, listeners, and read the pages, where you can hear Pat Conroy's voice in your head pronouncing the names correctly. His amazing story deserves a better performance than Montgomery delivers.
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- Janice

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-25-2002
  • Publisher: Books on Tape