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Dennis Lehane returns to the streets of Mystic Riverwith this love story wrapped in a crime story wrapped in a journey of faith - the basis for the major motion picture The Drop, from Fox Searchlight Pictures directed by Michaël Roskam, screenplay by Dennis Lehane, and starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and James Gandolfini.

Three days after Christmas, a lonely bartender looking for a reason to live rescues an abused puppy from a trash can and meets a damaged woman looking for something to believe in. As their relationship grows, they cross paths with the Chechen mafia; a man grown dangerous with age and thwarted hopes; two hapless stick-up artists; a very curious cop; and the original owner of the puppy, who wants his dog back.

©2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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THAT IS LIFE,

SOMEBODY COMES ALONG WHEN YOUR NOT LOOKING, NOR EXPECTING
This is a middle of the road listen. It is not awful and it is not great. This is more about the characters then the story. I am a dog lover and the puppy is what kept me listening, even thought the dog is a very minor part of the listen. The characters are a little gritty and offbeat. There are some Chechin bad guys, but nobody is really a good guy, as in most Lehane books. Also like most Lehane books, it is pure Boston (underbelly).

I AM NOT THE ONE WHO WASTED MY WHOLE LIFE WAITING FOR IT TO START.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Soooooo great

I just listened again, having purchased this 2 years ago, and if possible like it even more than the 5 stars I gave then. Can't give more stars, so will have to write a review.
This book depicts some of the most savage, venal, depraved, avaricious - oh well, all the deadly sins and then some - but somehow Lehane's writing and Frangione's narration turn that mess into a totally enjoyable book. I won't say which part I enjoyed most, but, hint, it had something to do with the dog. And it's sort of an uplifting Christmas story, though the ending was a downer and a cliffhanger (I hate both of those), but at least answered a couple of lingering questions. Looking forward to listening again in a couple more years!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Adnan
  • Chula Vista, CA, United States
  • 09-20-14

Simple yet tightly knit story grounded in reality

It does read like a script that there is a lot of dialogue between characters, but book is excellent, and I throughly enjoyed it. It is a very focused book on few characters. Author does a great job developing these characters, and I got to know them very well.

Story is simple but powerful rooted in gritty reality that I could see these events could take place in rea life. At times, readers are introduced to either very accomplished tough guys, or naive incompetent ones. This books walks a fine line between these characters which are possibly neither. It made a very interesting read. This is my first Lehane book, but it will not be the last. I highly recommend Lehane.

Narrator did a great job portraying the grittiness of various tough guys. Overall, narrator is able to capture the spirit of the book. Again, I would be looking for other books narrated by from Jim Frangione.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Mr. Lehane is getting better as he ages.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Drop to be better than the print version?

Having not read the print version, I can't say. However, all other things being equal, I always prefer the audiobook, because the performance aspect adds so much to the story that it begins to resemble a movie that is cast in your head. In this case, there actually is a movie of the Drop. It is James Gandolfini's last performance, and it also includes a stunning performance by Thomas Hardy, whom I personally cannot get enough of.

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

It did. The Chechens seem like the nastiest people on earth. Their vicious characters contrast in a very poignant way with the gentleness of Bob's adoption of a puppy, who, of course, turns out to be a pitbull. Along with this we have a permanently wounded woman, whose ex-boyfriend is a truly crazy individual who claims to have committed a murder that he actually didn't do, just to give him some street cred. Are you on the edge of your seat yet?<br/>The plot just keeps getting wound tighter and tighter. Mr. Lehane never lets a loose thread get away from him, even though there are cross-currents all over the place.

Which scene was your favorite?

I seldom have a single scene that I remember above the others. Thomas Hardy is in almost all of them, and each scene he is in, he's just like Bette Davis: you just can't take your eyes off him. Even in scenes with James Gandolfini (I realize that I am now referring to the movie. So?) Mr. Hardy keeps the screen and holds it. He brilliantly portrays the depths of this character, from one extreme of human cruelty to the other of human kindness and love. Mr. Lehane has written a terrific book here: as they say, it will stay with you for quite a while.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I neither laughed or cried. I did feel sympathy for the down-and-outers who populate the book, although the truly evil ones do not elicit much fellow-feeling. The initial scene, in which Bob picks up the puppy from the garbage can, and sees the way in which the prior owner has beaten the puppy within an inch of its life: easy to remember writing like this.

Any additional comments?

It is really good to see Mr. Lehane branch out from the Patrick Kenzie-Angelo Gennaro series. Many writers get trapped in their own successes (you, you know who you are) but Mr. Lehane shows us that he can do stand-alone books that are sometimes better than the series books. Different characters, different plots, although all are located in Boston. Mr. Lehane clearly can keep writing for many years. My proverbial hat is off to him. I'm a fan.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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EXTREMELY ENGAGING STORY

Where does The Drop rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 10%. Dennis Lehane has a gift for depicting the forgotten who go through life unnoticed and unheard.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the way these people are brought to life.

What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

He did a magnificent job of narrating this story.

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

The dog - always the dog. Finding and caring for a discarded animal is always moving.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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solid crime story

A good story of life in a little community where everyone knows everyone but not all their secrets.

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  • Empark
  • Alexandria, VA
  • 06-18-16

Loved this!!

I have read a lot of Lehane. This is a good intro (short, disparate characters, a lot of twists). Excellent performance, fun stuff about Boston Catholics. Now I want to see the movie. If you're looking for a happy ending, this may or may not fit the bill.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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New Favorite

I read this book because I loved the film. I didn't realize when I saw it that LeHane wrote the book, but that didn't matter -- I needed to read the source material. I am now a big fan. As much as I liked the novel, the performance lacked some nuance in areas. I could have used more emphasis in certain passages.. While these were distracting at times they didn't take away from the story. Mr LeHane writes very literal books that make great movies like Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone. I will be listening to many more of his novels.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Short but Satisfying

If you could sum up The Drop in three words, what would they be?

Plenty of tension

What other book might you compare The Drop to and why?

None come to mind.

What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

He gets out of the way of the story.

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

Yes, and I almost did, but I wanted to save the ending for the next day!

Any additional comments?

The Drop is short for a Dennis Lehane, but the story didn't suffer from it. As usual, Lehane masters the craft of inner dialogue that allows us to live inside the protagonist's head and reveals the complete character. I wished it were a bit longer; then again, this one has so much tension I might be glad it's shorter than usual. Another Lehane winner.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Rich0
  • Renton, WA
  • 11-22-15

That's A deal

Would you try another book from Dennis Lehane and/or Jim Frangione?

Any day of the week both are always on point in my opinion

Who was your favorite character and why?

BOB is Da Man

Which scene was your favorite?

When Bob locks the bar doors for the night

Could you see The Drop being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

The Movie is already done with a great cast, watch the movie after your done with the book.

Any additional comments?

All and all a great book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful