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Live by Night Audiobook

Live by Night

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Carol Los Angeles, California, United States 03-10-15
    Carol Los Angeles, California, United States 03-10-15 Member Since 2011

    I love Will Patton and will listen to anything he narrates... that about says it!

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    "Narrator was bland and gave no life to story"
    Would you listen to Live by Night again? Why?

    I love the story...have to tolerate the narrator who is mono voiced and lifeless


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    so much so, that I had to buy book and read it to feel the tension that the narrator could not project. what a shame that this incredible book and story was broadcast by this dull narrator. too bad he has been chosen for the next book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no... i had to parse it out because of the boring narrator


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    J.C.D. 02-11-15
    J.C.D. 02-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "CAPTIVATING"
    What did you love best about Live by Night?

    This second book in the saga of Coughlin family was captivating as it followed the violent life of Joe, the youngest son, from Boston to the gulf coast and Cuba. Well-written and engrossing.


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

    Yes, the plot was tightly woven and full of suspense. At times, I wondered if Joe would live through his brutal injuries.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Frangione – was your favorite?

    I believe the strongest character was the father. Corrupt but unbending and unyielding with his own family.


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

    Watching Joe with is young son was moving. He obviously tried to be the kind of parent he never had.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, great performance.

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    BigDan 07-23-14
    BigDan 07-23-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent story telling by Lehane"
    What made the experience of listening to Live by Night the most enjoyable?

    I'm not much of a period piece enthusiast but Lehane pulled it off here with a great story and an enjoyable story.


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    Carole P. Bronico Harleysville, Pa 01-27-13
    Carole P. Bronico Harleysville, Pa 01-27-13 Member Since 2010

    sadieladie

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    "Very good, and getting better."
    What did you like best about Live by Night? What did you like least?

    I'm not quite finished with it, but everything, it was very well written


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dennis Lehane? Why or why not?

    Since Mystic River, I look for Lehane books.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    very well


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely a cut above...

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    Christine 01-26-13
    Christine 01-26-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Perfect for Audio"
    What made the experience of listening to Live by Night the most enjoyable?

    I felt like this book surrounded me while I listened. It didn't have a dramatic "cliff-hanger" style but I had to hear more and was pulled in by the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read several of Dennis Lehane's books and loved some, like others. I've also seen the movies adaptations of two of them. This book is best for listening. It was like an audio painting.

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    Fred J. Kamm AURORA, CO, United States 01-25-13
    Fred J. Kamm AURORA, CO, United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2013

    I'm a 75 year old fart who loves listening to a fine author, delivered by a really good narrator. I like bananas, too.

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    "This one snuck up on me."
    What made the experience of listening to Live by Night the most enjoyable?

    While i've liked almost all of Lehane's work, the emphasis is on "like". This book i loved... and it wasn't 'til the mid-point, that i realized just how fine a piece of writing it is. If you enjoy good bad guys and flawed heros, this is your read...


    What did you like best about this story?

    the careful development of charactors...the historical detail so fine you can smell and taste the neighborhood...and the continuity that wouldn't let me stop turning the page (so to speak)...


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    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 01-22-13
    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 01-22-13 Member Since 2016

    I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.

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    "Ranks #1 or #2 out of the last 10 read"

    This story would make a great movie! Their are roles for at least a dozen good actors and enough action to keep you worried, scared, satiated, surprised, etc. The hero is a gangster who earns your support as you learn more about him. He's no angel, but his enemies are worse. I'm pretty certain you will enjoy the trip through his life's encounters.

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    Margaret 12-29-12
    Margaret 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 2016
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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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