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Step into the powerhouse life of Bull Meecham. He's all Marine -- fighter pilot, king of the clouds, and absolute ruler of his family. Lillian is his wife -- beautiful, southern-bred, with a core of velvet steel. Without her cool head, her kids would be in real trouble. Ben is the oldest, a born athlete whose best never satisfies the big man. Ben's got to stand up, even fight back, against a father who doesn't give in -- not to his men, not to his wife, and certainly not to his son. Bull Meecham is undoubtedly Pat Conroy's most explosive character -- a man you should hate, but a man you will love.
©1976 Pat Conroy (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By cort on 06-19-10

an excellent book

An insightful and moving story of the coming of age of a young man whose life has been dominated by a complex and violent father. The narration is one of the best I've heard.

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5 out of 5 stars
By John on 08-12-12

Great story with terrific narration!

I've listened to many Audible selections over the past few years, but this is the first one for which I felt compelled to write a review. This truly is, hands down, the best listen I've had from Audible.

I remember seeing the movie adaptation of this book when I was a young boy, but I had yet to read the novel. Taking the opportunity to listen to books as I commute, I am thoroughly pleased with my selection of "The Great Santini".

Conroy's story of growing up in a Marine pilot's family and a year in the Deep South of the early 1960's is an example of the true art of storytelling. Having been in the military for over a decade, I readily recognized the typical trials and joys of the military family. The traditions and camaraderie amongst the military men was spot on. I appreciated Conroy's turn of phrases and the pictures he paints, capturing the essence of the internal joys and struggles of the military, both for the soldier and of the family.

As for the narration, Dick Hill was hopefully recognized with an Oscar for his performance on this book. He provides each character with a unique voice and reads Conroy's prose as though at a poetry reading, fully engaging each scene within the listener's mind. There were several times I was sure I was listening to an ensemble cast! I will be looking for further volumes narrated by Hill.

If you've never read "The Great Santini", either get this Audible version or read it yourself!

Warning: This book does contain strong language and adult situations/discussions.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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