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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pat Conroy Narrator: Dan John Mille Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

Here is Pat Conroy’s extraordinary drama based on his own experience–the true story of a man who gave a year of his life to an island and the new life its people gave him.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A hell of a good story.”

    New York Times

  • “Dan John Miller superbly animates Conroy’s work, vocalizing the charming and endearing students’ wonder and awe and Conroy’s sense of humor and adaptation to his students. Miller’s energetic performance and accents seize the essence of this harsh environment and rejoice in Conroy’s educational triumphs and unconventional teaching methods. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “What distinguishes this account from all those others dealing with a year of teaching deprived youngsters is the high spirits, humor, and rawboned sincerity of the author, who throughout is not above a few self-deprecatory swipes at his bulldozer idealism or his compulsive determination to see likable qualities in everyone—even his enemies. Young Mr. Conroy took on a teaching position on an outpost island off the South Carolina coast inhabited mainly by poor blacks. The elementary school was tyrannized over by a fierce black principal who felt no affinity with the islanders. The children were apathetic, insular, illiterate, and completely oblivious to the world beyond the island—they didn’t know what country they were in or who was the president…Conroy sets to work wisecracking and gently bullying his ‘gang’ awake as he teaches numbers, the alphabet, and music (re: ‘Bay Toven the Fifth’). Conroy arranged trips to the mainland and to Washington, encouraged talented guest teachers, fought for his students and his job against the entrenched white establishment. He lost the final battle with the school board and concludes he did little to change the children’s lives significantly, but he ‘felt the beauty in my year with them.’ So will the reader.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 1973 Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Winner of a National Education Association Humanitarian Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kelly | 9/24/2011

    " Useful. Nice not to hae to carry a dozen different books on the trip. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joan | 5/10/2011

    " Got this on Kindle as we were touring the Intracoastal Waterway from Jacksonville, FL, to Charleston, SC. A memoir of Conroy's one year teaching experience on Daefuskey Island, SC, at a two-room school of all Negro children, where he taught grades 4 - 8. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cheryl | 4/24/2011

    " This book is a MUST for any one in the education field. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marianne | 4/8/2011

    " This is the book on which the movie "Conrack" was based. A wonderful, heartwarming story, and I believe semi-autobiographical. "

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