I wonder if I didn't know that this author wrote for TV, I would have felt so strongly that this book reads like a screenplay. And I've never even read a screenplay! But the book does feel like a script-- I can envision the characters, the dialogue snaps and throttles. The characters are, in fact, primarily defined through their dialogue. This gets to be tough in a narration where the very good reader bleeds and blends scenes together without pause-- sometimes a character you think is the focus is so obviously not that it's startling. I suspect in the text of the book itself (or in an actual film) it's more obvious when the point of view shifts, but the problem with this narration is...again and again I didn't realize we were on to a new character.
This is a fast-paced, visually evocative read...but I hesitate to write "read." It's a performance, and I assume the movie will follow!
I'm a retired professor of geography. A few years ago my health deteriorated and I had to give up reading. Audiobooks are my life-saver.
I haven't read the print version but I might guess is that it is a wonderful book. The narration of the book is one of the best I have ever heard.
This is a Shakespearean tragedy in the truest sense of the word. Although it sounds like hyperbole, a book this good and written so well, together with the plot, characterization, and narration mean to me that it can only be compared to a shakepeare play.
They are all finely drawn, heroic but flawed.
This book ranks in the top five among the 800+ books I have listened to in the last four years.
Many \people must have, I can't imagine why.
Yes, he's a great writer, but this one is missing.
There is no real character development, so I really can't say.
Like some other reviewers I thought surely there is more to this book--but it just ends. I suspect the author submitted this part for an advance and just left it at that.
Sophisticated, intense, piercing.
Everything. He performed every character in a sprawling cast without missing a beat. Truly a spectacular performance.
I feel torn about writing this review for Lush Life because I suspect, under different circumstances, I would have loved it. It has all the elements of a good read: murder, corruption, love, etc. My problem is not with the story, but more with the writing and the interpretation by the narrator. Everything happens so fast! We aren't presented with sentences, more bursts of wind and blasts of emotion. The author writes just how we talk and, for me, that doesn't make for an enjoyable read. This is a book that deserves to be read. I'd like to savor the words, and here they whizz by at such a fast pace I often don't know where I am. Sorry, Richard Price - I think you've probably written a really good book that is better served by the eye and not the ear.
this story took me by surprise, and it was made much more enjoyable because the reader was so dead-on with his accents. the author definitely knows real life. I will be looking for more by this author and reader. absolutely 5 stars....
If it weren't for Audible I'd never get any reading done.
For the first 100 pp. I was enraptured. Richard Price is a master who paints a vivid picture of a New York neighborhood and its characters. Aided by a great performance by Bobby Cannavale, whose NYC stuffy-nosed accent is just right, you can really see and hear the scenes and conversations he creates.
For all that I felt my interest flagging a bit by p. 300 or so. The story is very episodic, so after a while you're just ready for it to wrap up.
I'm a forensic psychologist living in Portsmouth NH.
This is an amazing book. The author has an amazing ear for dialogue and the story never drags. I wonder if you have to have spent some time in lower Manhattan to truly appreciate how well he renders the scene, but even if you have not, this book will not disappoint.
The genius of Price's story is not the plot so much as the dialogue and sense of place. It works as an audiobook largely because of Cannavale's exceptional reading with convincing dialogue, no matter the background of the character. When reading from the narrator's POV, he strikes just the right tone. I rarely, if ever, got the feeling I was listening to somebody doing a character. A good book but an even better performance.
Its sense of place.