Reviews for Live by Night

AudioFile Reviews 2012 November
Joe Coughlin pulls himself up in 1920s Boston amid the rum runners of Prohibition and becomes a survivor. Dennis LehaneÕs story is continually on the move--from the streets to prison walls to the Gulf Coast of Florida. If Jim FrangioneÕs narration has a flaw, it is only in the protagonistÕs voice, which rarely dips into a Boston-Irish accent. But this weakness does not mar the overall production. Supporting characters are varied and colorful: An older Italian manÕs emotions range from kindly to vicious. A Cuban woman evolves from hardened revolutionary to softened philanthropist. Characters are diverse. From JoeÕs right-hand strongman to a zealous woman and many others, Frangione gives every one a clear identity, enhancing a well-written story that is rooted in historical fiction. M.B. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine