Abe Lieberman is a strong, sympathetic character, an Everyman whose love for his family is only matched by his quiet, zealous commitment to justice: "A figure out of Talmudic lore - endearing, wise in his crotchets, weary with his wisdom." says The Washington Post. He loves what he does and it takes its toll as his commitment to what is right is sorely tested every day on the mean streets of Chicago. As a moral man, he is sometimes faced with some uncomfortable ethical choices in order to see that justice - rather than the letter of the law - is metered out.
The Big Silence takes Lieberman and his Irish partner, Bill Hanrahan - the Rabbi and the Priest, as they are known on the streets - on a journey that will test their consciences to the limit. When the young son of an informant in a governmental witness protection program is kidnapped and a grisly death occurs, they will have to make some hard choices to make things right. Told with compassion and with the keen insight into the human psyche, The Big Silence is gritty, compelling...and unforgettable.
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I am a 67 year old psychologist. I have been married for 28 years, with two sons who are 27 and 24. I love listening to the books.
Yes. There is so much humor that you can't possibly retain all of it. And the characters who are as real as humans can be, love each other so much that it is a pleasure just being with them. I don't know how, for the life of me, Mr. Kaminsky kept turning out so many excellent books over the long time that he wrote. Almost like Elmore Leonard.
There is nothing to dislike. The Liebermans are a genuine family, with real problems and genuine love among them. Bill Hanrahan is single for much of the book, but his marriage to Iris Chen will be a loving and successful partnership, no matter what the dangerous Liao Woo says about it. The only unlikeable character is Emiliano del Sol, leader of the gang called Los Tentaculos, who is a killer and insane, but whom Lieberman maintains a cautious connection to because they both need each other for favors now and then. Mr. Kaminsky was so prolific (I am assuming that he has passed away; I don't actually know) that he was capable of keeping several series going on for years. This one is my favorite. The series involving Lewis Fonesca, who retired from Chicago to become a process server who lives above a Dairy Queen in Sarasota, Florida, is my second favorite. There are also several excellent stand-alone books: I particularly loved the book featuring the ex-con George Pitty-Pitty Upatniax. And I could go on if I remembered more. I didn't particularly like the series that featured the Hollywood stars. But the plots, particularly in the Lieberman-Hanrahan books, are so interesting that they easily hold your attention, amuse you, make you love the characters in the way that Abe and Bess love each other, and in general make you happy to have read each book that Mr. Kaminsky has written. His wide-ranging imagination is a national treasure in the world of literature.
Everything. His faintly gravelly tone fits the ambience of the setting (Chicago and its police department and the community it serves) perfectly. He delivers the jokes without making a big deal out of them. The scenes at the Temple and at Maishe's Deli, featuring the Alte Cockers, are real and real funny, and Ferrone does all of them with a deft touch. He is the right narrator for these complicated books.
No.There is way too much in it, and you want some time in between listenings to let it settle into your mind. Plus, you make it last longer doing it that way.
I almost cannot express how much I enjoyed the story. Between the cops relating the daily grind of working the streets, finding "solutions" to crimes/events and having lives to live, without fabulous looking babes with DD bras, 22" waists, and faces that belong in a fashion magazine, but realistic personal demons it really provides a view of what it must be like to be a cop in Chicago (or any big city).
On the other hand, the narration was somewhere between irksome and awful. The narrator's voice is fine, but the mispronunciations are totally inexcusable. I understand the difficulty of pronouncing seldom used words/phrases like "Alte Kakker" ( see: Michael Wex to better understand). On the other hand, words like "Kippah" (Hebrew, not Yiddish) is pronounced "Key-pah" not "Kehpa". That should have been caught. What is worse, if you've ever lived in Chicago, is Devon Avenue. The county in England is pronounced "Devvon", as did the narrator. The street in Chicago is pronounced D'von. There are many other examples of this sort of seriously bothersome mistake.
Of all of the audio books I've listened to, this is the worst, by far, example of this sort of problem. I don't know if the problem is purely the narrator or that no one from Audiobooks or the publisher is not double checking, but it was bad and frequent enough to spoil the listening experience.
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