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Publisher's Summary

Set in Boston at the end of the First World War, New York Times best-selling author Dennis Lehane's long-awaited eighth novel unflinchingly captures the political and social unrest of a nation caught at the crossroads between past and future.

Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters more richly drawn than any Lehane has ever created, The Given Day tells the story of two families: one black, one white, swept up in a maelstrom of revolutionaries and anarchists, immigrants and ward bosses, Brahmins and ordinary citizens, all engaged in a battle for survival and power.

Beat cop Danny Coughlin, the son of one of the city's most beloved and powerful police captains, joins a burgeoning union movement and the hunt for violent radicals. Luther Laurence, on the run after a deadly confrontation with a crime boss in Tulsa, works for the Coughlin family and tries desperately to find his way home to his pregnant wife.

Here, too, are some of the most influential figures of the era: Babe Ruth; Eugene O'Neill; leftist activist Jack Reed; NAACP founder W. E. B. DuBois; Mitchell Palmer, Woodrow Wilson's ruthless Red-chasing attorney general; cunning Massachusetts governor Calvin Coolidge; and an ambitious young Department of Justice lawyer named John Hoover.

Coursing through some of the pivotal events of the time, including the Spanish Influenza pandemic and culminating in the Boston Police Strike of 1919, The Given Day explores the crippling violence and irrepressible exuberance of a country at war with, and in the thrall of, itself. As Danny, Luther, and those around them struggle to define themselves in increasingly turbulent times, they gradually find family in one another and, together, ride a rising storm of hardship, deprivation, and hope that will change all their lives.

©2008 Dennis Lehane; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"[An] engrossing epic....A vision of redemption and a triumph of the human spirit." (Publishers Weekly)

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Worth a listen for sure!!

This was a pleasant surprise. Very well written and narration was amazing. I didn't want it to end and now must get the second part to see what happens next!

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  • Rhouse
  • Henderson NV
  • 04-23-17

Historical and Epic

First, I must say "The Given Day" --as a story--is wonderful . Set in Boston circa 1918, the characters are well written and diverse and the historical period is expertly captured. I have already recommended this saga to several friends.
This Audible version is well done, and the portrayal/narration flows easily with realistic (but not overdone accents) and pacing.
This is possibly the best Audible book I have purchased.

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overrated novel but outstanding performance

Mr Boatman did a great job. the book is good enough, though little bit overrated.

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awesome

this was one of the best books I've enjoyed in a while. makes one wonder what happens next to Danny Coughlin.... e even though the next few books are of Joe...

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Great

Great book. Excellent reader. Only thing I wasn't a fan of was the music they put in chapter breaks. The music they chose didn't seem to fit the story or mood at all

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Supreme Narration

The book was gripping but what prompted me to write the review was the supreme brilliance of Michael Boatman's narration. He voiced so many different characters authentically; it was impossible to believe it was the work of just one man. A total tour de force.

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Awesome Story

the main thread of the tale was compelling, and the color added with the historical references was brilliant!

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  • Justin
  • NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA, United States
  • 01-16-16

Any good read

Dennis Lehane gives you another daring tale that cuts into the Boston P.D. With such prestige. The first look at the Coughlin family, Joseph was a mere child when Danny was just getting his SHEILD, a story of watch your back per portions.

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A splendid, memorable novel

Would you listen to The Given Day again? Why?

Yes, it is very well written and rich in characters and events. I might mention that this is the first of three novels centered around the Coughlins, the second being Live the Night and the third, World Gone By; this is not apparent from the introductions to these works. I had already listened to two later works because I was not aware of The Given Day; I ended up listening to these again when I finished The Given Day.

What did you like best about this story?

It is richly evocative of the period around and after World War I. In particular, it renders vividly race relations of the time.

What about Michael Boatman’s performance did you like?

Michael Boatman, whom I discovered here, is just about the finest reader I know. A great performance.

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

Yes, more than one. The one that comes to mind is Babe Ruth unexpectedly seeing Luther in the audience and being so conscience stricken than he cannot play well for the rest of the season.

Any additional comments?

The opening chapter is an anthology piece that is worth the price of the book.

I recommend this audiobook with enthusiasm.

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  • KM
  • 10-09-15

Awesome story awesome perfirmance!

Michael Boatman is the very best of narrators! The story is filled with characters that he brought to life!