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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Kennedy Narrator: William Kennedy Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781455848966
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But so begins William Kennedy’s latest novel—a tale of revolutionary intrigue, heroic journalism, crooked politicians, drug-running gangsters, Albany race riots, and the improbable rise of Fidel Castro. Quinn’s epic journey carries him through the nightclubs and jungles of Cuba and into the newsrooms and racially charged streets of Albany on the day Robert F. Kennedy is fatally shot 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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  • One of the 2011 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lydia | 1/11/2014

    " Maybe I wasn't paying enough attention, but this book lost me at about page 50. If the last 25 pages weren't so amazing, this book would have gotten a 2 from me. William Kennedy has more than one book of stories that he tries to squish into 300 pages. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Travis Neal | 1/10/2014

    " Kennedy is one of the better contemporary American authors, but this book uncharacteristically plods along right onto the bottom shelf of my bookcase. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 1/5/2014

    " I really wanted to like this book but it was disjointed and didn't work for me. I enjoyed the stories that took place in Cuba, but could have skipped the 'where are they now' NY story line. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 12/12/2013

    " This is first of Kennedy's books that I have read and likely to be the last. Perhaps, I should have read the Albany series as a series, but I didn't realize that this was just the latest in a series. It was very difficult to follow. "Chaotic" is a good description. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manny Segarra | 10/24/2013

    " Excllent read. A bygone era, however the more things change, the more they remain the same. Lifelike characters kept the pages turning on their own. Maybe he'll pick up where he left off sometime in the future. Great entertainment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 9/2/2013

    " Wonderful book. Includes a hilarious Hemingway, a lush, riveting Cuban revolutionary caper and what amounts to a terrific, jazzy, angry and bewildering bar crawl through Albany in the heat of the 1968 riots. Seriously great stuff. My favorite Kennedy outside of the sublime Ironweed.Ironweed "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dorinda | 11/25/2012

    " Could not get into this and so it is on the abandoned shelf. Ordinarily like Kennedy very much but not this one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Sutton | 10/28/2012

    " For die-hard William Kennedy fans, this will be a memorable, satisfying lark, a vacation in the tropics and a satisfying return to the Albany Saga. Stick with it. It will surprise you! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 9/29/2012

    " Lots of threads here: Batista's Cuba, Albany race riots, dementia, journalism, an obscure deity or two, and a lead character (that's her on the cover) who's Romanticism is over the top. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cusmarg | 9/11/2012

    " Second half of the book far surpasses the first in my opinion. Almost too many topics and characters to thoroughly digest. Yet extremely entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lillian | 7/21/2012

    " Full disclosure - I didn't finish this. But I was liking it and I made it 3/4 of the way. It's just too slow for my mood right now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 6/22/2012

    " Moves from Havana, Cuba with Bautista in power, Fidel Castro in the mountains, Hemingway drinking at El Floridita, jazz musicians, and Santeria gods in 1957 to the day Robert Kennedy was shot Albany, New York race riots. All narrated by journalist Quinn. Bigger than life characters and action. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 10/29/2011

    " Not really my type of book - too many people shot and lost with not much redemption. Somehow, I'm just not interested in mob violence. Good writing though, just not my favourite subject matter. I had to rush because it was a 7 day library book. That didn't help! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doris | 9/19/2011

    " A good historical fiction. Great characters protrayed. Definitely a good book to take the time to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ctb | 9/1/2011

    " From Albany to Cuba, through Hemingway and Castro, this novel is a trip. I received this book free from Goodreads First Reads. Thank you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin | 6/9/2011

    " Evaluation based on advanced reader’s copy "

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