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My Losing Season Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample My Losing Season (Unabridged), by Pat Conroy
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,199 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pat Conroy Narrator: Chuck Montgomery Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Elizabeth | 2/15/2014

    " Pat Conroy has a way about him that makes you forget you're reading, and you just get sucked into whatever story he's telling you. This autobiographical story is no different. I don't particularly like basketball, and I've never experienced life at a military school, but I was pulled into this story and felt like I was right there with him, experiencing everything he was writing about. When it's all said and done, it's not really a book about basketball and military school - it's a book the human condition, about a boy who does something he's not particularly good at because he loves to do it, and about his struggles to figure out who he is in an environment that he doesn't entirely fit into. As with just about everything else Conroy has written, this book is well-written, thoroughly engaging, and very much enjoyable. It reads more like a novel than an autobiography. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Bonnie | 2/12/2014

    " My Losing Season is an autobiographical novel about Conroy's senior year, playing basketball at Citadel. I bought the book because I was curious to read the chapter about Joe Monte, Conroy's high school English teacher at Gonzaga HS. I was surprised at how much I liked the book --and I have zero interest in the game of basketball! The book is really about a boy who tried so hard to prove his worth to his father --and the basketball court is the stage where Conroy sought his father's approval. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Review by Kiessa | 2/3/2014

    " I love this author, and expected so much more from his autobiography. It was thoroughly boring and I would never recommend it. In fact, there was so much basketball in here, he should have just taken a ball to the court for all I got out of this. What a waste of a good writer's skill. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Michael Jenkins | 2/3/2014

    " Pat Conroy has done it again, what a amazing book! I was hesitant in reading the book because it did not look all that interesting judging by the Synopsis but when I started reading it, I could`nt put it down. The characters were unique and fresh and very believable. It had me almost crying on one chapter and had me laughing in other. Pat Conroy is not your typical author, he writes Literature, he does not write romantic novels or drama. He impeccable writer, he uses so much description and his choice of words would have you loving his writing technique. I will recommend this book to anyone,it is so gripping and thought provoking! "

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About the Author
Author Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy is the bestselling author of The Water Is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, Beach Music, and My Losing Season. A graduate of the Citadel, he lives on Fripp Island, South Carolina.