Digital Download Audible, Inc. 2010
DD ISBN $34.95
Book Two in Kennedy's gritty Depression-era trilogy offers a more nuanced portrait of Albany's Irish community than is found in either LEGS or IRONWEED. He continues to deliver the action, violence, and historical references listeners expect, but this piece is leavened with more fully developed characters, occasional glimpses of humor, and a multilayered theme. Nick Sullivan's appealing baritone and conversational style blunt the impact of Kennedy's trademark obscenities and stunningly politically incorrect language, allowing them to register as natural parts of the dialogue. His range of convincing accents—from brogue to Brooklynese—adds to the authenticity of the performance. He shines as Billy and successfully conveys the complex persona that elevates his character above that of the hackneyed charming Irish thug. M.O.B. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2012]
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