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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (11,294 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pat Conroy Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781441814838
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Meet Bull Meecham...

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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Win Dunwell | 2/17/2014

    " Worth reading. A good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaleigh | 2/14/2014

    " this book was good, but it was amazing. i would suggest it cause its good to try it. very "rough" material[swearing etc.] its worth a shot though "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky Garcia | 2/7/2014

    " I reread this one every now and then! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Beasley | 2/1/2014

    " Hands down one of the best books I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Smith | 1/22/2014

    " I enjoy all of Conroy's work. While this is good reading, I think this one reveals a lot of Conroy's childhood -- the demanding, hard-drinking officer father had to be his own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Evans | 1/21/2014

    " I am a Pat Conroy fan. Reading this book brought back a lot of memories of growing up as a military brat. He completely nailed that part. I could totally relate to his experience. I liked this book a lot. There were some parts that seemed irrelevant and as much as that bugged me, I still really liked this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Norma Endersby | 1/18/2014

    " I've probably read this book three times and it just keeps getting better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kono Grant | 1/13/2014

    " this is my husband's FAVORITE book and he's read it ovr and over so I have to include it, too!Also a great movie "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey Larsen | 1/4/2014

    " Done that. Been there, Bought the T-short and the hat.Gave this to my Mom to read and she said she could have written the book. There is a lot of true stories in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roann | 12/14/2013

    " Great read - Ben and Bull are well developed characters - flawed but not fatally. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb Jinglehymerschmidt | 12/11/2013

    " I enjoyed this book a lot. It gave me an interesting look into each character and some uncomfortable moments with this dysfunctional family. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 12/6/2013

    " And I thought Beach Music was bad. This is the worst Conroy book of all that I've read. He should have started & stopped with The Prince of Tides. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea Greenbaum | 11/29/2013

    " I read this book in one night...very powerful story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amypeterson14 | 10/7/2013

    " I did not enjoy this at all. I thought the book was all over the place!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Hays | 9/23/2013

    " This book is an incredible haunting description of the reality of growing up with a practicing alcoholic. It is a fascinating story - and Conroy a master story teller. You don't read his books, you immerse yourself in them! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 8/17/2013

    " Read this years ago. My new goal is to read and own every book Pat Conroy wrote. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren R. | 4/1/2013

    " It was ok. Not my favorite Conroy book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron Hurley | 3/8/2013

    " Great Book... had missed it. Just finished it last night "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 10/6/2012

    " Amazing book. It is a work I read in high school whose passages still resonate with me as an adult. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron Vodicka | 4/9/2012

    " Just another fabulous Pat Conroy book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 12/21/2011

    " I love this author (my other Conroy reviews I hope make this fact patently clear), but this book was hard to read. The father-son relationship in this one was almost too painful to bear. But as always, Conroy's beautiful writing presented it all beautifully. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica | 11/1/2011

    " An okay read about a military brat and his relationship with his father. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran | 8/26/2011

    " Pat Conroy makes you think. Personalities are described to the point where you can feel for the characters. He touches on so many aspects of life and how our lives are shaped by how we are raised. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Shute | 7/17/2011

    " Very fine read. This was at least my 3rd time reading it....... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ms.petra | 7/4/2011

    " I like Pat Conroy a lot. This book was rather brutal and it hit home because I have a friend who grew up a military brat and his father was very Santini-like. But, Conroy is a master story teller and I cared about the characters enough to finish the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 6/28/2011

    " Pat Conroy is my favorite author! Another great book of his! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/14/2011

    " Well, with all the questions I get regarding this book and my name, it was a MUST read. The characters are very well developed, although the dad is a jerk. All in all, a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 5/7/2011

    " I enjoy all of Pat Conroy's books, this being one of his early ones isn't quite as good as some of his more recent work, but it shows so much potential. And you know he's drawing on his own autobiography in this story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 5/2/2011

    " Read it in Semantics and Logic 9th grade.
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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Claire | 3/25/2011

    " I must admit that I didn't like this much. A colleague has used it in class, but I wasn't much taken with it. It seems dated and thus not useful as an exploration of gender roles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 3/13/2011

    " There's nothing this man writes that isn't 5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsten | 3/8/2011

    " I had to read this book in High School and I think it was the only one that I really loved. I re-read it again and found it was even better. It's a great story of a father/son and their relationship "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trey | 2/27/2011

    " Lived up to expectations. One of my favorite reads of all time. Some of the best characters ever in a book. I'd highly suggest. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Judie | 2/25/2011

    " I have read other Conroy books (Prince of Tides and South of Broad) and loved them. The Great Santini is nothing like those books. This one is about a family in the military with an abusive father. I can't think of anything to recommend it and am struggling to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 2/23/2011

    " Classic -- could be set in 1962 or 2011. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 2/9/2011

    " This was a great book, and I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed all the characters in the story, and it was interesting to watch each of them grow. However, the ending was sad but very good at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 2/2/2011

    " I need at least ten stars for this one. It's my favorite of all by Conroy. "

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About the Author
Author Pat Conroy

Donald Patrick “Pat” Conroy (1945–2016) was an American author of acclaimed novels and memoirs, two of which made it to #1 on New York Times bestsellers list: Beach Music and South of Broad. Four of his novels were made into major motion pictures: The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, Conrack, and The Lords of Discipline. The novel on which the movie Conrack was based, The Water Is Wide, won an NEA Human and Civil Rights Award and an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.