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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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    Maureen West Roxbury, MA, United States 11-11-12
    Maureen West Roxbury, MA, United States 11-11-12 Member Since 2008
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    Would you listen to Live by Night again? Why?

    The story, the characters, the period detail


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

    On the boat with Albert White


    What does Jim Frangione bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Voices subtle, but the protagonist was easily identifiable.


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

    The relationship between Joe and his father.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Jackson OXFORD, GEORGIA, US 11-06-12
    Dana Jackson OXFORD, GEORGIA, US 11-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Didnt want it to end!"
    What did you love best about Live by Night?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe. He was so loyal and likable. I liked Dion too, even though the was a rat.


    Have you listened to any of Jim Frangione’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Outlaw, not a gangster.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a great listen. I immediately looked for another Lehane book to listen to that wasnt a movie...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle INT Winston Salem, NC 10-26-12
    Kindle INT Winston Salem, NC 10-26-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Destined to be a great movie!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great historical detail of the '20s and '30s with an intriguing story line. The author's insight into human nature is impressive.


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

    The book was thrilling and the subject matter both mysterious and exciting.


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    Great performance. His use of dialect was impressive.


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

    I found the book suspenseful.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great story with historical facts and great details. With the colorful descriptions and action plot, I definitely recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 02-16-13
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2005

    Addicted to Audible!

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    "Doesn't come close to The Given Day"

    I listened to the first half of the book and it kept my interest but the second half was boring and dragged and at that point I didn't care which awful, stereotypical character lived or died. There was nothing in any of the characters that made them redeemable. I had to stop listening, couldnt stand any more torture. I disagree with those who said the reader was bad, I think he did a decent job. I believe the problem with this audio was the poor storyline, bad character development and basically that it was a book unworthy of Dennis Lehane who is one of my favorites!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    BRYAN LITHONIA, GA, United States 02-26-13
    BRYAN LITHONIA, GA, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great LISTEN !!!!"
    If you could sum up Live by Night in three words, what would they be?

    A super storyline !!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Easily JOE COUGHLIN .....
    Normal average screw up makes REAL GOOD !!!! Finally makes it and WHAM .... All gone !!!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dean Seattle, WA, United States 11-26-12
    Dean Seattle, WA, United States 11-26-12 Member Since 2004

    I love a good story...any kind of story.

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    Would you listen to Live by Night again? Why?

    No...I never listen to books twice. Too many new books to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great Characters


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Several


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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