The Given Day

Dennis Lehane, Author, Michael Boatman, Performed by
Dennis Lehane, Author, Michael Boatman, Performed by , read by Michael Boatman. HarperAudio $75 (0p) ISBN 978-0-06-166151-8
Reviewed on: 11/24/2008
Release date: 09/01/2008

A seasoned TV and film actor, Michael Boatman is an excellent choice for Lehane's historical fiction. Set in Boston at the time of the 1919 policemen's strike, the novel involves a range of characters including Babe Ruth and sundry African-American, Irish, Irish-American, Italian and Italian-American men and women. Boatman creates a clear and engaging persona for each and handles all the accents convincingly. His pacing helps draw listeners into the lives contorted by the social, economic and political turmoil of the era that Lehane describes so exquisitely. Fans of Mystic River will be swept into this full-bodied production. A Morrow hardcover (Reviews, July 7). (Oct.)

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