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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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    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.

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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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    Amy Plato, MO, United States 11-25-12
    Amy Plato, MO, United States 11-25-12
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    "A Must Listen!!"
    Where does Live by Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the prohibition era and bad guy that you can't help but love.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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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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    "Great Story"
    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...

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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!

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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 02-16-13
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2006

    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!

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    BRYAN LITHONIA, GA, United States 02-26-13
    BRYAN LITHONIA, GA, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2013
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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 2 people found this review helpful
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