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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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    Dave Staats Brentwood, tn United States 10-21-12
    Dave Staats Brentwood, tn United States 10-21-12 Member Since 2015
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    "The question I had about this one is GONE!"
    If you could sum up Live by Night in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful pacing,characterization.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Live by Night?

    I can think of 5 or 6, but to have one SO close to the end that was so unexpected, yet fitting was great.


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    I liked everything about Jim Frangione's performance. What I did not like was a review that complained about his performance. One of my key measures (of over 500 titles) is how much/often I simply don't notice someone is reading/performing and simply get lost in the story. If not for the cruel, stupid review I saw elsewhere, I'd never have noticed him at all. It was a masterful job considering the size and scope of the story and the myriad characters and accents involved. I may go listen to something else he did just to check him out more. As a first listen, I have to give him 4 out of 5 GuidallStars.


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

    Many more than I expected. Probably 6 or 7 that would all be spoilers, I guess the first one was the near-opening scene of "feet in cement".


    Any additional comments?

    Dennis was close to having my "Prayer Review" One more like this and he gets it. (Yeah, I'm full of myself today but I have probably earned it.)

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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
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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.


    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 2015

    I'm an avid listener who is always in search of another good listen. And I'm willing to share my thoughts with an occasional review.

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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