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.
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.
I had trouble getting through the first 2 sections and almost stopped listening to it. The third section really picks up, though.
yes, with a lot of editing
However; too much profanity. Otherwise, a great story and a heart-warming ending.
Luther killing the "Deacon".
Luther--and of course, Danny.
A tale of two men
The reader did an incredible job narrating and changing his voices to fit each character.
I would listen to a story like this one in the future.
there were many memorable moments - I always enjoy when characters who lead separate lives come together and become part of the same story, when people of diverse cultures find more similarities than differences.
There were a lot of fav characters.
It's a good title
Definitely worth reading and the performance added a lot to the story.
The only part(s) I didn't like were the portions that included Babe Ruth. It didn't seem to flow with the story and could easily have been left out. (Our book club wondered if it was added in the editing process as it really felt crammed into the book.)