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Live by Night | [Dennis Lehane]

Live by Night

Boston, 1926. The ‘20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw.
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Boston, 1926. The ‘20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world.

Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw.

Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa's Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption, music and murder, that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue.

©2012 Dennis Lehane (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    BigDan 07-23-14
    BigDan 07-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent story telling by Lehane"
    What made the experience of listening to Live by Night the most enjoyable?

    I'm not much of a period piece enthusiast but Lehane pulled it off here with a great story and an enjoyable story.


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    Darcy 02-04-13
    Darcy 02-04-13
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    "Not all that impressed"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not receommend this book to anyone except someone who's already a Dennis Lehane fan. I found it long and not terribly engaging.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Start over.


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    The narrator did a good job with the voices.


    Did Live by Night inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    We got this book to listen to on a long drive from Chicago to Florida, thinking it would be compelling. Not. We were both waiting to get really drawn in, but that really never happened. We finished it only because we'd put so many hours into listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carole P. Bronico Harleysville, Pa 01-27-13
    Carole P. Bronico Harleysville, Pa 01-27-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Very good, and getting better."
    What did you like best about Live by Night? What did you like least?

    I'm not quite finished with it, but everything, it was very well written


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dennis Lehane? Why or why not?

    Since Mystic River, I look for Lehane books.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    very well


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely a cut above...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christine 01-26-13
    Christine 01-26-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Perfect for Audio"
    What made the experience of listening to Live by Night the most enjoyable?

    I felt like this book surrounded me while I listened. It didn't have a dramatic "cliff-hanger" style but I had to hear more and was pulled in by the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read several of Dennis Lehane's books and loved some, like others. I've also seen the movies adaptations of two of them. This book is best for listening. It was like an audio painting.

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    Fred J. Kamm AURORA, CO, United States 01-25-13
    Fred J. Kamm AURORA, CO, United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2013

    I'm a 75 year old fart who loves listening to a fine author, delivered by a really good narrator. I like bananas, too.

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    "This one snuck up on me."
    What made the experience of listening to Live by Night the most enjoyable?

    While i've liked almost all of Lehane's work, the emphasis is on "like". This book i loved... and it wasn't 'til the mid-point, that i realized just how fine a piece of writing it is. If you enjoy good bad guys and flawed heros, this is your read...


    What did you like best about this story?

    the careful development of charactors...the historical detail so fine you can smell and taste the neighborhood...and the continuity that wouldn't let me stop turning the page (so to speak)...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 01-22-13
    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 01-22-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Ranks #1 or #2 out of the last 10 read"

    This story would make a great movie! Their are roles for at least a dozen good actors and enough action to keep you worried, scared, satiated, surprised, etc. The hero is a gangster who earns your support as you learn more about him. He's no angel, but his enemies are worse. I'm pretty certain you will enjoy the trip through his life's encounters.

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    Margaret United States 12-29-12
    Margaret United States 12-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun Noir"

    This book takes off a little slow, then clicks along in a gritty, vintage wise-guy style for most of the book - appealing, street-wise, intellectual anti-hero surrounded by lunky gangsters. Evocative settings during Prohibition, in prison, in Ybor City during rum-running's height. Nice look at the changes organized crime had to make to adapt to the end of Prohibition. Good characters. Ends a little abruptly, but I am now looking for another one by this author. Narrator does a good job.

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    Nathanial RICHLAND, WA, United States 12-19-12
    Nathanial RICHLAND, WA, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2013
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    "I really enjoyed listening to this book!"

    I had previously read The Given Day and this follow up story was very good. I was hooked from the beginning. One negative for me was the ending, just seemed to end without any plan or thought. All in all I really enjoyed the story and the performance.

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    Joe Sunnyvale, CA, United States 12-15-12
    Joe Sunnyvale, CA, United States 12-15-12 Member Since 2014
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    "10 extra minutes in the driveway every night"
    What other book might you compare Live by Night to and why?

    I think "The Given Day" and this book, in sequence with Ken Follett's first two books of his Century trilogy, make for a great fictional picture of the first half of the 20th century. I'm really look forward to the next book in each sequence. Follett's books are more about the Wars and these really more about the social development of the US,


    Any additional comments?

    I mostly listen in my car, but this is one of those books where you listen for a few extra minutes every time you can.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jancie Celebration, FL, United States 12-02-12
    Jancie Celebration, FL, United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Big,sprawling gangster epic set during prohibition"
    What did you love best about Live by Night?

    The story starts in Boston, and then moves to Tampa and Cuba. The history was well covered , and as I live in Florida I found the scenes in Tampa and Ybor City especially interesting.
    All the characters were well developed, except for the lesser players.
    The gangster genre is always difficult in some ways in that most of the characters were amoral, and many are sociopaths, but this makes the moral dilemmas they face, if there is such a thing among thieves, always compelling.
    Beware as of course there are many graphic scenes of violence and some sex scenes as well.


    What other book might you compare Live by Night to and why?

    The Godfather.


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    Narrator did an amazing job with all the voices. I believe I wouldn't have enjoyed this book nearly as much if I had simply read it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The relationship between father and son was complex! A crooked cop and gangster son.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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