The Water Is Wide

  • by Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by Dan John Miller
  • 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The island is nearly deserted, haunting, beautiful. Across a slip of ocean lies South Carolina. But for the handful of families on Yamacraw island, America is a world away. For years the people here lived proudly from the sea, but now its waters are not safe. Waste from industry threatens their very existence – unless, somehow, they can learn a new life. But they will learn nothing without someone to teach them, and their school has no teacher.


What the Critics Say

"A hell of a good story." (The New York Times)


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Customer Reviews

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Anything Pat Conroy writes is wonderful to me.

After reading all his big books, I took this one on recently and was thrilled that it didn't read like a memoir in the traditional sense. It reads like fiction and it feels like truth. If I have one complaint about it, it is that for the audio, I would have liked Pat's voice instead of the narrator. The narrator was good, but Pat's distinctive voice would have made this even more wonderful.
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- P. Giorgio "TheWriter"

Conroy's early autobiography

Conroy describes and quotes the students from Yamacraw Island in such an amusing and endearing way that it's hard not to fall in love with them. Dan John Miller, who did such an amazing job narrating Lords of Discipline, once again brings each characther to life with his superb narration. I found this book fascinating as it describes Conroy's early life as a teacher and touches on many of the stories that he used in later novels. He also describes some real life characters (including himself) who are recognizable from his other books.
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- SarahHouston

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-10-2010
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio