This was not only a greato story, but the narration was great. I had a real feel for each of the characters
This is just one of those great epics that you hate to see end. The greatest part for me, though was the amazing job done by narrator, Michael Boatman. The Russian, French, Italian accents, the foreign language sections and the variety of Irish brogues were luscious! The only distraction was stopping to wonder how one person could bring the speech patterns, pronunciations and inflections of such a wide range of characters to life. I've had the pleasure of listening to many fine book narrations, but by far this was the best. Kudos Mr. Boatman
The Path Between the Seas to The Great Bridge ~ Kagan's Peloponnesian War to Gaddis' Cold One ~ Mornings on Horseback to a River of Doubt ~ Tom to Huck ~ Lennie to Charley ~ Cadfael to Cross ~ Rhyme to Reacher ~ Blomkvist and Salander to Wallander and Wallander ~ Moving Cheese or Eating Frogs ~ On the Road and Into Thin Air ~ The End of History to A Short History of Everything to ... well ... everything else.
Let's start with the conclusion: Buy this audiobook now. Listen to it next. Then explore the other novels by Dennis Lehane. You will be very happy you did.
You don't so much listen to this novel as you experience it. Almost unique among the many audiobooks I have sampled, the combination here of compelling tale and superb narration transport you to Boston (and Oklahoma) almost 100 years ago. There, you are greeted with dynamic memorable characters and several interlocking plot lines, all leavened by enough history to ground the tales and make them believable.
You will remember the stories long after the audio is over; and, if you are like me, you will grow to *know* the characters as you *know* your neighbors. You become part of their world and they seem to become part of yours. Yes, I know that sounds melodramatic. So listen to the audiobook and see if you disagree.
You will also be reminded of our world of not so long ago.
If you have forgotten the biases and prejudices of our past, the intense class consciousness of the then-1%, the casual disregard for the life of the lower classes ... well, you will be reminded pointedly.
But you will also be reminded that such faults did not, and do not, define us. That there are many who rise above them, or struggle through them, and that it is they who are the heros of our world ~ not marquee heroes, but everyday ones.
This is Lehane's greatest work and is well worth the investment of time to hear it through.
This book just never engaged me; interesting historical information on the ethnic, racial & social structure of post WWI, primarily Boston, but the characters & dialogue get lost in the author's effort to educate.
I read fiction to be entertained, and if I'm fortunate enough to learn something in the process, excellent. But this book sacrifices entertainment for facts.
Lots of history, but no soul.
When I first heard the story began with a "baseball" theme, I thought, uh oh, bad decision on my part. But after the first 10 minutes I was hooked. I loved all the characters in their own right, even the "evil" ones because they are so very real! Personally, I enjoy stories where prejudice and cruelty are overcome by love and empathy, so this story hit every mark for me. I will listen to this again and again over the years and may purchase the book to really absorb the story.
So many books, it's tough to think of just one. The first that comes to mind is Great Expectations.
The sections with Nora and her open friendship with Luther. Also, I love the last chapter, wrapping up all main characters so beautifully.
Both, but not to an extreme level. It was a feel good book that spoke to me.
Everybody would get something out of this book. I researched some of the history of the Boston Riots and the BPD Strike. Very accurate.
each conversation contained every vulgarity known to man. while i am sure the book has merit, I could not get past the language.a great book does not need to reduce itself to vulgarity in place of eloquent dialogue
Probably not. It was a great book but not a "re-read". The characters and story were strong and well plotted. It did go on a little too long but overall very entertaining.
I can take violence and I can take vulgarity but the amount used in this book was exhausting.
Far from my favorite. In fact, my least favorite.
Handled the Irish accents pretty well although after a bit, they all began to sound the same.
Yes, it inspired me to listen to the third part at warp speed and skip sections altogether. I did do some research as I was reading to learn more about some of the events referenced and found out more about how wretched people can be to one another.
Based on the reviews I downloaded this book and found it completely fascinating. It was a page turner I rooted for several characters (which I rarely do). I would recommend this book to everyone I know.