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Live by Night Audiobook

Live by Night

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Amara 11-12-12
    Amara 11-12-12
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    "Engaging but cliched"

    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.

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    BarelyAudible Paris, TX 05-10-16
    BarelyAudible Paris, TX 05-10-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Billy Bathgate Meets To Have and Have Not"
    If you could sum up Live by Night in three words, what would they be?

    Violent Crime Florida


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

    This reminds me a lot of Billy Bathgate - tracing the life of a young gangster who falls into a Mob life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the scene on the tub boat


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

    Probably the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Very fast paced.

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    Acteon Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 11-06-15
    Acteon Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 11-06-15

    Acteon

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    "A good novel"
    What made the experience of listening to Live by Night the most enjoyable?

    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)


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Harry 04-14-15
    Harry 04-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Okay. Wow! I really got into this book."
    Would you listen to Live by Night again? Why?

    NO, I have lots more to listen to.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes


    Which character – as performed by Jim Frangione – was your favorite?

    The lead, Joe.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    J. R. McKenna Dover, MA 04-14-15
    J. R. McKenna Dover, MA 04-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very enjoyable sequel"

    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.

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    Carol Los Angeles, California, United States 03-10-15
    Carol Los Angeles, California, United States 03-10-15 Member Since 2011

    I love Will Patton and will listen to anything he narrates... that about says it!

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    "Narrator was bland and gave no life to story"
    Would you listen to Live by Night again? Why?

    I love the story...have to tolerate the narrator who is mono voiced and lifeless


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    so much so, that I had to buy book and read it to feel the tension that the narrator could not project. what a shame that this incredible book and story was broadcast by this dull narrator. too bad he has been chosen for the next book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no... i had to parse it out because of the boring narrator


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    J.C.D. 02-11-15
    J.C.D. 02-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "CAPTIVATING"
    What did you love best about Live by Night?

    This second book in the saga of Coughlin family was captivating as it followed the violent life of Joe, the youngest son, from Boston to the gulf coast and Cuba. Well-written and engrossing.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, the plot was tightly woven and full of suspense. At times, I wondered if Joe would live through his brutal injuries.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Frangione – was your favorite?

    I believe the strongest character was the father. Corrupt but unbending and unyielding with his own family.


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

    Watching Joe with is young son was moving. He obviously tried to be the kind of parent he never had.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, great performance.

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    BigDan 07-23-14
    BigDan 07-23-14
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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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    Carole P. Bronico Harleysville, Pa 01-27-13
    Carole P. Bronico Harleysville, Pa 01-27-13 Member Since 2010

    sadieladie

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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...

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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