After 6 hours - about a quarter of the book - I'm just not engaged in the story or the characters. And if it hasn't engaged and involved me by this point (with either interest or emotion), I doubt it's going to. The small, interspersed vignettes of characters and plot points are occasionally interesting but mostly routine and/or derivative and, after 6 hours, aren't even starting to show me how they're connected. There's good descriptions of the times, but poor characterization and poor flow.
This is not the Dennis Lehane writing I enjoyed so much in the various crime novels.
Dennis Lehane has written a grand saga here. It may easily be his best. And Michael Boatman does an outstanding job with it. He brings all the characters to life. Boston accents, Irish brogues, men, women, children - he pulls them all off flawlessly. Every character with their own voice. It's always a joy to find an incredible new narrator and Michael Boatman now ranks for me as one of the best. Highly recommended.
Love this book can't wait to finish the trilogy. Top notch storytelling lined with history. Such amazing and interesting characters
Do yourself a favor. This is audio listening at its best. If we're lucky there will be a sequel. With the same reader, of course.
This is a lengthy book, almost 24 hours, but I blew through it in 3 days- I found myself taking longer walks! Depiction of Boston in early 20th century more graphic than any movie I have seen. Wonderful characters. The beginning of the novel with a charming and sad incident involving Babe Ruth - well it had me at "hello".
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.