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  • Mystic River

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    When they were children, Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus, and Dave Boyle were friends. But then a strange car drove up their street. One boy got in the car, two did not, and something terrible happened - something that ended their friendship and changed the boys forever. Twenty-five years later, Sean is a homicide detective. Jimmy is an ex-con. And Dave is trying to hold his marriage together and keep his demons at bay - demons that urge him to do horrific things. When Jimmy's daughter is murdered, Sean is assigned to the case.

    Jane says: "Wonderful writing,"
    "Pronunciation can kill an audio book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is a typical Lehane story and that is a very positive statement. BUT, when someone lives in the area where the story is supposed to be placed and the pronunciation is profoundly wrong, it's something of a turnoff. For example there is an amusement park in southern NH whose name is Canobie Lake Park. Scot Brick pronounces it with a hard c and it sounds like KA NO bee where anyone in New England knows it's CAN o bee. There are several instances of this issue. That said, I enjoy books that are located in cities in which I have either lived or spent time.

    Lehane is a master at weaving his stories through personalities and situations. This story is no exception. We get to learn about families, in-laws, childhood friends and sweethearts, ex-wives and ex-husbands, children of questionable parentage, short people and organized crime. We hear, as Lehane is an excellent voice, murder, liars, friends who are anything but, lifelong enemies and the police.

    I will listen to this book again at some time in the future, I enjoyed it that much.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful

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