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
I'm a 75 year old fart who loves listening to a fine author, delivered by a really good narrator. I like bananas, too.
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...
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)...
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
The relationship between father and son was complex! A crooked cop and gangster son.
Live by Night is the top of the list. I have read a few Dennis Lehane books before and loved them and Live by Night did not disappoint.
I love the prohibition era and bad guy that you can't help but love.
I don't usually listen to books more than once but I will be listening to this one again. It was excellent. I couldn't stop listening. The characters were very well developed and Lehane really knows how to bring the characters to life. The narration was great too - the story flowed very well.
The story, the characters, the period detail
On the boat with Albert White
Voices subtle, but the protagonist was easily identifiable.
The relationship between Joe and his father.
I just really liked Joe. I would want to be his friend if he were real. He wanted to be a good guy. I could relate to each character to some degree. It was just a really well written and narrated story.
Joe. He was so loyal and likable. I liked Dion too, even though the was a rat.
Yes. He does the Bernie and Chet mysteries. He is absolutely the voice of Chet, in a great way. His performance was outstanding on book. He's up there with Dick Hill.
Outlaw, not a gangster.
It was a great listen. I immediately looked for another Lehane book to listen to that wasnt a movie...
Great historical detail of the '20s and '30s with an intriguing story line. The author's insight into human nature is impressive.
The book was thrilling and the subject matter both mysterious and exciting.
Great performance. His use of dialect was impressive.
I found the book suspenseful.
This is a great story with historical facts and great details. With the colorful descriptions and action plot, I definitely recommend it!
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