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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (279 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Kennedy Narrator: William Kennedy Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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William Kennedy's latest novel is a tale of revolutionary intrigue, heroic journalism, crooked politicians, drug-running gangsters, Albany race riots, and the improbable rise of Fidel Castro. The epic journey of Quinn carries him through the nightclubs and jungles of Cuba and into the newsrooms and racially charged streets of Albany on the day than Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated in 1968. The odyssey brings Quinn and his exotic but unpredictable Cuban wife, Renata, a debutante revolutionary, face-to-face with the darkest facets of human nature, and illuminates the power of love in the presence of death.

William Kennedy masterfully gathers together an unlikely cast of vivid characters in a breathtaking adventure full of music, mysticism, and murder: a homeless black alcoholic, a radical Catholic priest, a senile parent, a terminally ill jazz legend, the imperious mayor of Albany, Bing Crosby, Hemingway, Castro, and a ragtag ensemble of radicals, prostitutes, provocateurs, and underworld heavies. This is an unforgettably riotous story of revolution, romance, and redemption, set against the landscape of the civil rights movement as it challenges the legendary and vengeful Albany political machine.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Charlotte | 2/19/2014

    " Vintage William Kennedy--some of the usual Albany suspects, plus Cuba and santeria in the 1950s. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jeff Fink | 2/3/2014

    " real disappointment after being a fan of the early albany novels "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Marjie | 2/2/2014

    " The first act, which takes place in Cuba, has interesting characters and scenes, but then it moves to Albany and consists mostly of people reminiscing about old times there, local nostalgia that just had no charm for me. I put this down when I was about three-quarters of the way through. I just didn't care any more what happened. Btw, this audio book is also an excellent argument against writers reading their own books, especially one as dialogue-heavy as this one. Kenndy's voice doesn't change one iota for different characters, and I frequently lost track of who was talking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Julianabadescu | 1/30/2014

    " what started out as such an intriguing read turned into an all over the place book..2 good stories but the tie in was disappointing "

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