On a cold night in October 1937, searchlights cut through the darkness around Alcatraz. A prison guard's only daughter - one of the youngest civilians who lives on the island - has gone missing. Tending the warden's greenhouse, convicted bank robber Tommy Capello waits anxiously. Only he knows the truth about the little girl's whereabouts and that both of their lives depend on the search's outcome.
Almost two decades earlier and thousands of miles away, a young boy named Shanley Keagan ekes out a living as an aspiring vaudevillian in Dublin pubs. Talented and shrewd, Shan dreams of shedding his dingy existence and finding his real father in America. The chance finally comes to cross the Atlantic, but when tragedy strikes, Shan must summon all his ingenuity to forge a new life in a volatile and foreign world.
Skillfully weaving these two stories, Kristina McMorris delivers a compelling novel that moves from Ireland to New York to the San Francisco Bay. As her finely crafted characters discover the true nature of loyalty, sacrifice, and betrayal, they are forced to confront the lies we tell - and believe - in order to survive.
©2015 Kristina McMorris (P)2015 Tantor
"The story will grab your heart on page one and won't let go until the end - and if you're like me, not even then." (Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants)
I thought this would just be a light listen after LIVING in Kate Morton's last WONDERFUL book.
This story pulls you in from the beginning & just get better & better. Is it one of those everything works out in the end stories? For the most part yes! Who wants to read a book that is full of unresolved tragedy? I admit, though, I was not expecting the end! I actually laughed out loud!
The narrator nailed the Irish, Italian, and New York accents. Don't pass this one by.
This was a most engaging story. I have been ill and could not sleep so decided to listen instead of reading it. The characters are so well developed, I felt I knew them personally. The setting was well researched and I was transported to that time. Finally the narration by Charlie Thurston was excellent. He had different voices for each speaker and was a master of Italian, Irish and American accents. It was seamlessly done. It was quite a long book, but worth the time.
The Edge of Lost is a compelling novel of one young orphan's struggle in search of family. The story spans decades, starting with the Great War, the Prohibition era, and ending before WWII. It also spans two continents, starting in Dublin, Ireland with a large portion set in New York and on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco.
What I loved most about this story is the main character. He is always true to himself. Faced with extraordinary life experiences and several terrible circumstances, he never loses hope and forges ahead. He is a kind hearted soul and grows up to be a good natured man.
The writing is amazing as it has a way of sucking you in and won't let you go until you finish listening to it. Plus you can't stop thinking about it!!! After several surprising turns, the story comes full circle (I love books that do this!). The Edge of Lost concludes in Ireland with hope, friendship, and new beginnings - and most importantly, family.
I loved this book!!! I didn't want it to end! I definitely recommend it.
It's not your typical book where you can guess what will happen next. I was pleasantly surprised with each twist of the plot.
Well written and well read, this is a book to savor, to enjoy. The narration allows you to be there, whether it is on the streets of Dublin or New York. I urge everyone to get this book!
So the detail of the writing is apparent from the start and I love that in a book but the author starts the book out with a story then abruptly switches to another that in its self is OK but the second story seemingly has nothing at all to do with the first and drags on forever. it wasn't until half way through the book that I realized the two were indeed inter connected and the reason for the second became apparent. I also loved the way this ended. I won't spoil it by saying if it was deserving, tragic, or singeing else but the summation of the book was a good one. worth the purchase
First point I'd like to make is that you should not purchase this book based on the description. The portion of the story that has anything to do with Alcatraz and a missing girl does not even get started until 80% of the way through the book - And at that point, the story line doesn't even last for all that long.
The book takes you through approximately 20 years of a boy's life - beginning when he is around 11 or 12 years old. It takes you through his travels from Ireland to America, and his relationship with a family that takes him in. The book is about relationships and about the curve balls that are thrown at him during that time. While interesting, I frequently wondered where we were headed in his journey. Not to mention that I kept expecting Alcatraz to be brought into the story at any point ~ which, as I mentioned, was quite a wait. I actually stopped the book at one point to reread the description to make sure I was reading the right book!
The Edge of Lost did keep my interest, but was not necessarily memorable.
No, I'm not damning with faint praise---the story and characters held my interest throughout. Loved how the beginning tied in with the ending as a full circle. I really enjoyed following the adventures of Shanley Keagan aka Tommy Capello. Very fluid writing with well-defined characters if just a little too pat---there was no mistaking the good guys and the bad guys.
Excellent settings of Brooklyn in that era. But it was the settings of prison and especially Alcatraz that really were brilliant in the author's careful crafting and research. Beautifully done.
I kept expecting a tragic ending, so I was actually relieved it was happy. The ending might be a little too tied up with a ribbon and bow, but very satisfying nonetheless.
Charlie Thurston is a terrific narrator with perfect Irish brogue fluidly into American English and even excellent with the female voices, not easy for most male narrators.
Overall, a fine book narrated beautifully.
C'mon, Audible - make a note when the book is really young adult! This is very simply written, with a predictable plot, and the narration is really cheesy. Waste of a credit.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Tagging along with his uncle to Irish pubs, young orphan, Shanley Keagan learns at a young age how to take his licks . . . and live by his wits . . . he dreams of finding his real father in America, after his mother's death . . . and as luck would have it, one of his uncle's friends convinces him that they would pay big money in the states to see young Shan perform his vaudeville act . . . they board a ship headed for the US . . . then upon departure, Shan cannot rouse his uncle . . . desperate to enter Ellis Island, he and fellow passenger, Nick Capello devise a scheme that just might work . . . from Dublin, to New York, to Leavenworth to San Francisco, Shan continues a wild journey . . . a story that will stay with me for a while . . . portraying the struggles of Irish immigrants in a way that few other books have, and ultimately revealing a heart of gold beneath a strength of determination, Shanley Keagan, rose above his circumstances . . . this one is a keeper . . .
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