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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: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“I was born to be a point guard, but not a very good one…There was a time in my life when I walked through the world known to myself and others as an athlete. It was part of my own definition of who I was and certainly the part I most respected. When I was a young man, I was well-built and agile and ready for the rough and tumble of games, and athletics provided the single outlet for a repressed and preternaturally shy boy to express himself in public…I lost myself in the beauty of sport and made my family proud while passing through the silent eye of the storm that was my childhood.”

So begins Pat Conroy’s journey back to 1967 and his startling realization “that this season had been seminal and easily the most consequential of my life.” The place is the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, that now famous military college, and in memory Conroy gathers around him his team to relive their few triumphs and humiliating defeats. In a narrative that moves seamlessly between the action of the season and flashbacks into his childhood, we see the author’s love of basketball and how crucial the role of athlete is to all these young men who are struggling to find their own identity and their place in the world.

In fast-paced exhilarating games, readers will laugh in delight and cry in disappointment. But as the story continues, we gradually see the self-professed “mediocre” athlete merge into the point guard whose spirit drives the team. He rallies them to play their best while closing off the shouts of “Don’t shoot, Conroy” that come from the coach on the sidelines. For Coach Mel Thompson is to Conroy the undermining presence that his father had been throughout his childhood. And in these pages finally, heartbreakingly, we learn the truth about the Great Santini.

In My Losing Season Pat Conroy has written an American classic about young men and the bonds they form, about losing and the lessons it imparts, about finding one’s voice and one’s self in the midst of defeat. And in his trademark language, we see the young Conroy walk from his life as an athlete to the writer the world knows him to be.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Haunting, bittersweet and as compelling as his bestselling fiction. Boston Herald

  • “A superb accomplishment, maybe the finest book Pat Conroy has written. The Washington Post Book World

  • A wonderfully rich memoir that you don’t have to be a sports fan to love. Houston Chronicle
  • “Anyone who has ever sat in the bleachers and rooted for the home team will connect with this powerful sports memoir written by one of America’s finest storytellers…Chuck Montgomery’s performance is a winner. At home with the sports jargon used in the many on-court action sequences, Montgomery infuses energy into what could be a tedious recounting of statistics.”


  • A memoir with all the Conroy trademarks . . . Here’s ample proof that losers always tell the best stories. Newsweek
  • In My Losing Season, Conroy opens his arms wide to embrace his difficult past and almost everyone in it. New York Daily News
  • “A superb accomplishment, maybe the finest book Pat Conroy has written.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “A wonderfully rich memoir that you don’t have to be a sports fan to love.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “A memoir with all the Conroy trademarks…Here’s ample proof that losers always tell the best stories.”


  • “Haunting, bittersweet, and as compelling as his bestselling fiction.”

    Boston Herald

  • “As heartfelt and poignant a memoir as they come and a splendid contribution to the literature of sport.”

    Los Angeles Time Book Review

  • “In My Losing Season, Conroy opens his arms wide to embrace his difficult past and almost everyone in it.”

    New York Daily News

  • Winner of a 2003 YALSA Alex Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of Alex Award, 2003

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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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