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The Edge of Lost Audiobook

The Edge of Lost

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    anne 12-19-15
    anne 12-19-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A SURPRIZE!"

    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.

    75 of 79 people found this review helpful
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    GB 04-06-16
    GB 04-06-16
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    "An incredible story."

    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.

    40 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    LilMissMolly 04-15-16
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    "Compelling orphan story spanning over 30 years."

    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.

    53 of 57 people found this review helpful
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    kirsten 02-28-16
    kirsten 02-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "You must listen"

    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.

    38 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia 05-09-16
    Cynthia 05-09-16
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    "Amazing!"

    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!

    24 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Colorado Springs 07-03-16
    Kelly Colorado Springs 07-03-16
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    "I Savored this Lovely, Engaging Story!"

    I don't often give 5 stars. But this book earned the rating before I was even halfway through.

    I listened to it over the course of 24 hours -- ignoring the rest of the world -- because I couldn't push stop. It is an orphan story; an immigrant story; a tale of love and tragedy and hope. It is like sitting down to coffee with a good friend who opens his heart and lets his life spill out. I loved Shan and his adoptive Italian-American family. I loved the historical context in Ireland, the Bronx and on Alcatraz island. Shan is a very real character -- full of insecurities, flaws and emotional damage. He is fearful and he jumps to conclusions which then cause him to make bad decisions. But he is also loyal, friendly and desires the best in life -- love and family. His life experiences couldn't be more different from mine and yet I still came away thinking of our similarities and of how much I liked him. He became my friend -- that one sitting with me over a cup of coffee (or tea, in his case).

    The narration was superb. Charlie Thurston gave the various characters lives of their own with different accents and tones of voice. He told the story with strength and compassion. His voice melted into the story and allowed the book to shine. At times narrators can take one out of the story due to mispronunciations or things less tangible which don't align with the readers' imaginations. But this narrator seamlessly joins with the words on the page and creates a sublime listening experience.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "this book ticked me off at first"

    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

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy 06-19-16
    Cathy 06-19-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Not what I expected"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Eugenia Chatsworth, CA, US 06-14-16
    Eugenia Chatsworth, CA, US 06-14-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Definitely Interesting"

    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.

    SPOILER ALERT:

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 06-03-16
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 06-03-16 Member Since 2012
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    "The edge of adulthood"

    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.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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