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The Given Day Audiobook

The Given Day

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Publisher's Summary

Set in Boston at the end of the First World War, New York Times best-selling author Dennis Lehane's long-awaited eighth novel unflinchingly captures the political and social unrest of a nation caught at the crossroads between past and future.

Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters more richly drawn than any Lehane has ever created, The Given Day tells the story of two families: one black, one white, swept up in a maelstrom of revolutionaries and anarchists, immigrants and ward bosses, Brahmins and ordinary citizens, all engaged in a battle for survival and power.

Beat cop Danny Coughlin, the son of one of the city's most beloved and powerful police captains, joins a burgeoning union movement and the hunt for violent radicals. Luther Laurence, on the run after a deadly confrontation with a crime boss in Tulsa, works for the Coughlin family and tries desperately to find his way home to his pregnant wife.

Here, too, are some of the most influential figures of the era: Babe Ruth; Eugene O'Neill; leftist activist Jack Reed; NAACP founder W. E. B. DuBois; Mitchell Palmer, Woodrow Wilson's ruthless Red-chasing attorney general; cunning Massachusetts governor Calvin Coolidge; and an ambitious young Department of Justice lawyer named John Hoover.

Coursing through some of the pivotal events of the time, including the Spanish Influenza pandemic and culminating in the Boston Police Strike of 1919, The Given Day explores the crippling violence and irrepressible exuberance of a country at war with, and in the thrall of, itself. As Danny, Luther, and those around them struggle to define themselves in increasingly turbulent times, they gradually find family in one another and, together, ride a rising storm of hardship, deprivation, and hope that will change all their lives.

©2008 Dennis Lehane; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"[An] engrossing epic....A vision of redemption and a triumph of the human spirit." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Liz 11-15-14
    Liz 11-15-14

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    "Amazingly addictive"
    What did you love best about The Given Day?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Given Day to and why?

    So many books, it's tough to think of just one. The first that comes to mind is Great Expectations.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The sections with Nora and her open friendship with Luther. Also, I love the last chapter, wrapping up all main characters so beautifully.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both, but not to an extreme level. It was a feel good book that spoke to me.


    Any additional comments?

    Everybody would get something out of this book. I researched some of the history of the Boston Riots and the BPD Strike. Very accurate.

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    Amazon Customer 08-06-14

    bookforce1989

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    "exceedingly vulgar langauge"
    What would have made The Given Day better?

    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


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dennis Lehane again?

    no


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    BigDan 07-23-14
    BigDan 07-23-14 Member Since 2017
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    "A very good read."
    Would you listen to The Given Day again? Why?

    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.


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    J. Mott 04-17-14
    J. Mott 04-17-14

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    "Exhausting Read"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I can take violence and I can take vulgarity but the amount used in this book was exhausting.


    If you’ve listened to books by Dennis Lehane before, how does this one compare?

    Far from my favorite. In fact, my least favorite.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Handled the Irish accents pretty well although after a bit, they all began to sound the same.


    Did The Given Day inspire you to do anything?

    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.


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    R POLLOCK PINES, CA, United States 10-10-13
    R POLLOCK PINES, CA, United States 10-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A Solid Read"

    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.

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    Carole P. Bronico Harleysville, Pa 07-11-13
    Carole P. Bronico Harleysville, Pa 07-11-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Very long. I almost stopped listening to it"
    What did you like best about The Given Day? What did you like least?

    I had trouble getting through the first 2 sections and almost stopped listening to it. The third section really picks up, though.


    Could you see The Given Day being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    yes, with a lot of editing


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    C. Blum Queens , New York 05-29-13
    C. Blum Queens , New York 05-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story--captivating and well-written"
    If you could sum up The Given Day in three words, what would they be?

    However; too much profanity. Otherwise, a great story and a heart-warming ending.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Given Day?

    Luther killing the "Deacon".


    Which character – as performed by Michael Boatman – was your favorite?

    Luther--and of course, Danny.


    If you could rename The Given Day, what would you call it?

    A tale of two men


    Any additional comments?

    The reader did an incredible job narrating and changing his voices to fit each character.

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    Linda R. Brown 05-05-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved the characters and the story"
    Would you listen to The Given Day again? Why?

    I would listen to a story like this one in the future.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Given Day?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Boatman – was your favorite?

    There were a lot of fav characters.


    If you could rename The Given Day, what would you call it?

    It's a good title


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    caroline 03-04-13
    caroline 03-04-13
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    "A great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely worth reading and the performance added a lot to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    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.)

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    Dana Jackson OXFORD, GEORGIA, US 02-05-13
    Dana Jackson OXFORD, GEORGIA, US 02-05-13 Member Since 2009
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    "What is this book about???"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It was very hard to follow. It followed too many people for me feel attached to any of them.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dennis Lehane again?

    I loved "live by night" so I thought I would like this one. I was very wrong.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I couldn't finish it. It was too distracting.


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