South of Broad

South of Broad

Audiobook CD - 2009
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Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of thirteen, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death. Eventually he becomes part of a tightly knit group of high school seniors that includes friends Sheba and Trevor Poe, glamorous twins with an alcoholic mother and a prison-escapee father; hardscrabble mountain runaways Niles and Starla Whitehead; socialite Molly Huger and her boyfriend, Chadworth Rutledge X; and an ever-widening circle whose liaisons will ripple across two decades-from 1960s counterculture through the dawn of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Random House Audio, p2009.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780739382936
Characteristics: 16 compact discs (20 hr.) :,digital ;,12 cm.
Additional Contributors: Deakins, Mark


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Mar 30, 2017

Have to agree with the previous reviewer, Dixie -- a long, drawn-out story, with so many disparate threads it proved unbelievable. And at the very end there's a final plot twist that left me also saying, "Really?" An average book with a few interesting characters but too much going on.

Jul 30, 2014

Part 1 was okay then really??? could we possibly use more adjectives and it is the most unbelievable story. I can't finish it and I'm in Part 4 many better written books by Pat Conroy.

Nov 05, 2013

This book was extraordinary. Enjoyed it from the beginning to the end. Can't wait to read another of his books.

Oct 21, 2013

Oct 21, 2013, I am really enjoying this audio book. I put it on my mp3 player, and I am listening to it while I walk my dog. I think I like this one better than "Prince of Tides." I love Leo's humour, and sarcastic comebacks. Hope they make a movie of this someday. Great characters!......Oct 27, 2013, this is becoming like an old friend. I will miss it when I am finished. On Disc 10 of 16. The narrator is wonderful. He does male and female voices, and many varied accents. I really believe that I am getting more out of this book by listening to it, than if I was reading it myself. I really wish there was a movie. Have checked, and could not find one. Definitely adult content. (Language, uncomfortable subjects, such a death from AIDS, racism.) Nov 23.....I still have this, and I am still enjoying it, I kinda don't want it to end. These characters have become a part of my life for the last couple of months! (on disc 13 of 16).......Dec 15, I've found a copy of this book in the book sale pile at the library. Now, as I listen to it, I can follow along on the pages. It is amazing me, how much longer it takes to listen to it, rather than just reading it. I find that I am getting much more out of it, by listening. (Oops, I see I have already said that, sorry!) Have I mentioned how wonderful this narrator is??! (Mark Deakins) I am also learning the correct pronunciation for some of Pat Conroy's abundant vocabulary. What a treat! (Just clicked on Mark Deakins name in the Full Record part of this entry. I see he has narrated many more books. I will have to check some of them out, just to hear his great voice(s) again!).......Dec 17, just finishing off Disc 14 of 16. What a twist Mr. Conroy has thrown in here. He is a master. Wow. I just don't want this to end. I believe it took him 12 years to write this book, I have his next one ready to read, non-fiction, about the death of his father. It should be a good one!.......Dec 19, listened to all of disc 15 today, couldn't help myself. Only one disc to go, (sigh.).......Dec 21, I have only about 15 more min left to listen to, and I must save them. This book is a masterpiece, it twists and turns, but comes a full circle. It brought a tear to my eye, wow.......Dec 26, just finished listening to the end of this book. I feel like I am saying goodbye to an old friend. I will be coming back to visit this one at some time in the future, and it is one that I am sure will come to mind at various times in my life. Thanks Pat Conroy, that was a great journey!

bbonier Jan 19, 2013

Set against the backdrop of Charleston, SC, the story is told from the point of view of Leopold Bloom King, whose father teaches science at the local high school and whose mother, an ex-nun, is the principal there. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of ten, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death. Eventually, Leo becomes part of a tightly knit group of high school seniors who all come from vastly different backgrounds and the story follows them through the next 2 decades. The story has incredible substance and is enjoyable reading. Very well read by Mark Deakin.

Sep 01, 2010

Beautifully written, and I thoroughly enjoyed the book, though there were times when it felt as if he was telling two separate stories.

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