An easy listen - not much heavy thinking involved - and the narrator did a terrific job capturing the characters and their varied accents. The book itself was a rather cliched collection of gangster-type characters and adventures, but the story was entertaining and easy to follow. Was glad to have a respite from the sometimes-heavier tone of Lehane's books, but still forgot about this one pretty much immediately after I'd finished it, unlike his other books, which lingered with me for awhile.
No, it was slow and kind of boring
When his wife died at the end
It was narrated well, but it was kind of boring
I've found a new drug. I just finished reading all the books worth reading of Don Winslow, my previous fav author. After Live By Night and part way into Mystic River I can already know Dennis Lehanne has taken that top spot as fav author for me, I will most likely read all the MANY MANY books of his that have become movies at LEAST! There are SEVERAL extraordinarily great films based on his novels and after read them all if he's still my #1 fav then I will be reading all the rest
Audio books have kept me sane through agonizing commutes.
If I could I'd give this book 3.5 stars. I enjoyed the first in the series, The Given Day, more. I liked the way the first book switched back and forth between characters. This one focuses on youngest brother Joe. The story is interesting but drags in places. I would have liked to have seen more of the other two brothers and/or Luther. Young Joe likes the life of the gangster and excels at it, but having a heart and being an outlaw has consequences.
Violent Crime Florida
This reminds me a lot of Billy Bathgate - tracing the life of a young gangster who falls into a Mob life.
the scene on the tub boat
Probably the end.
Very fast paced.
Good evocation of an epoch and a milieu; complex and interesting characters. Jim Frangione's excellent reading made the book even more enjoyable (I totally disagree with negative comments by certain reviewers; you can't argue with taste, but I can hardly imagine a better reader or a more pleasant voice)
A writer grapples with reality through words; a hack seeks only to entertain and makes no such effort. There are of course mediocre writers and brilliant hacks. Dennis Lehane is a writer, and Live By Night is a novel, not a "mere" thriller. I will be forever grateful to audible.com whose sales allowed me to discover Don Winslow, Jacqueline Winspear, and Dennis Lehane.
NO, I have lots more to listen to.
The lead, Joe.
I read mostly ancient historical novels and even though I write crime stories, I don't often read them. Also, I am not a big fan of an author pontificating throughout the book. It tends to remove your attention from the plot. So, during the first chapter or two I thought maybe I had made a mistake buying this book. There is a lot of deep thought and pontification going on in this book. I'm not sure organized crime figures are that deep.
As I continued reading, something magical happened. I couldn't stop. The story grabbed me and forced me to continue. The characters and plot kept me glued to the book. The writing style was like a magnet. I am so happy I continued reading the book. The author has many books under his belt and I will read more of them.
I was a big fan of the 1st in the series and was originally skeptical about "live by Night" given the contrast in the main characters, but I was soon caught in the grasp of another wonderful story about the early 20th century. Well done.