World Gone By : Coughlin

  • by Dennis Lehane
  • Narrated by Jim Frangione
  • Series: Coughlin
  • 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dennis Lehane, the New York Times best-selling author of The Given Day and Live by Night, returns with a psychologically and morally complex novel of blood, crime, passion, and vengeance, set in Cuba and Ybor City, Florida, during World War II, in which Joe Coughlin must confront the cost of his criminal past and present.
Ten years have passed since Joe Coughlin's enemies killed his wife and destroyed his empire, and much has changed. Prohibition is dead, the world is at war again, and Joe's son, Tomas, is growing up. Now the former crime kingpin works as a consigliore to the Bartolo crime family, traveling between Tampa and Cuba, his wife's homeland.
A master who moves in and out of the black, white, and Cuban underworlds, Joe effortlessly mixes with Tampa's social elite, US naval intelligence, the Lansky-Luciano mob, and the mob-financed government of Fulgencio Batista. He has everything - money, power, a beautiful mistress, and anonymity.
But success cannot protect him from the dark truth of his past - and ultimately the wages of a lifetime of sin will finally be paid in full.
Dennis Lehane vividly recreates the rise of the mob during a world at war, from a masterfully choreographed Ash Wednesday gun battle in the streets of Ybor City to a chilling, heartbreaking climax in a Cuban sugarcane field. Told with verve and skill, World Gone By is a superb work of historical fiction from one of "the most interesting and accomplished American novelists" (Washington Post) writing today.


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Customer Reviews

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Great fabulous

In the beginning, I thought the narrator was too bland. However as the story picked up he became better and better and was incredible by the end. I haven't enjoyed a book this much in so long it was wonderful. I would listen to all nine hours in one sitting. Fabulous.
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- Carol


Would you consider the audio edition of World Gone By to be better than the print version?

I think they are equal.

What did you like best about this story?

Showing the cracks in the foundation of the corrupt empire and the explosive violence which seemed to be the answer to all the questions from begining to end.

What does Jim Frangione bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He really brought Joe Coughlin to life.

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

There was a sense of foreboding with the book. We all knew what was coming but were sad to see it happen.

Any additional comments?

Great work - by the writer and narrator.

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- J.C.D.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-10-2015
  • Publisher: HarperAudio