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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (12,177 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dennis Lehane Narrator: Jonathan Davis Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kenzie and Gennaro Series Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9780062101808
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The tough neighborhood of Dorchester is no place for the innocent or the weak. A territory defined by hard heads and even harder luck, its streets are littered with the detritus of broken families, hearts, dreams. Now, one of its youngest is missing. Private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro don't want the case. But after pleas from the child's aunt, they open an investigation that will ultimately risk everything—their relationship, their sanity, and even their lives—to find a little girl-lost.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Gone, Baby, Gone is a tough, true, powerful story written by a stunningly good novelist, one of our very best.”

    James Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Complex and unsettling…Lehane tackles corruption in many forms as he brings his complicated plot to its satisfying resolution, at the same time leaving readers to ponder moral questions about social and individual responsibility long after the last page is turned.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The completely credible scenes of sadness, destruction, and betrayal…in the final pages of this absolutely gripping story have the inevitability of life and the dazzling beauty of art.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “The wrenching portrait of a bent cop whose instincts are admirable but whose actions are appalling only adds to the emotional impact of this grim, utterly unsentimental blue-collar tragedy.”

    Booklist

  • “A tense, edge-of-your-seat story about a world that is astoundingly cruel and unbearably violent to its most innocent members…Recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Darkly and extravagantly imagined, full of harrowing action sequences and shamelessly emotional highs and lows nobody else would have dared to invent.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew Bodlovick | 2/16/2014

    " Good book but pretty disturbing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 2/15/2014

    " A dark, intense and horribly sad novel from easily one of my faves. It is unreal how often I cringed while reading and almost regret not reading it prior to being a Father. either way whether you have read the previous Kenzie/Gennaro books or not i recommend it 100%. Very good. Any book that leaves me thinking well after completion is a worthwhile read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Myke Reiser | 2/10/2014

    " Grim, violent, and awesome though I kept imagining Casey Affleck in the story for some strange reason. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie B | 2/8/2014

    " The Kenzie/Gennero series are awesome!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/31/2014

    " Good book, but nothing I would read again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellee and Courtney | 1/30/2014

    " A little high on the profanity but it actually kept me guessing nearly tell the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marili | 1/27/2014

    " I didn't realize until 10 pages into the book that this was part of a series, but I decided to keep reading it anyway. I really enjoyed this book...I never saw the movie so it was all new to me. I was able to keep up with the character stories that seem to span the full series but the actual case was contained to this book. It really made me want to read the whole series...but now the dilemma is to I move on to the next one or do I start at the beginning!?!?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/25/2014

    " About a quarter through this book, the narrator begins describing a prior case he and Gennaro solved and I had a moment when I thought, "No! How could I have started this in the middle of the series!" I was genuinely upset because Lehane is such a good writer and, had I known, I would have started at the beginning of the Kenzie/Gennaro books. His wordsmithery and characters elevate what could be a typical potboiler. It got a little twisty at the end for my tastes, but still found it satisfying and will continue to pick up Lehane books when I see them. (P.S. Haven't seen the movie yet, so I can't compare them.) (P.P.S. It's depressing as hell, by the way.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 1/19/2014

    " I loved this series. I read it many times over. But this one was too much for me. Whenever I read the series again I skipped this book because it was too gruesome. Just waaaaay too much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Blush | 1/6/2014

    " A tough mystery. Hard to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pauline | 12/26/2013

    " keeps u on the edge of your seat great read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Cullison | 11/21/2013

    " The best in the series. Head and shoulders above the rest, and I LOVED the rest. A towering work. A classic. His magnum opus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 11/4/2013

    " you cant go wrong with Dennis Lehane he is such a wonderful story teller and I love his characters. Highly recommend this series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacqueline | 10/29/2013

    " A page turner but a depressing book... major surprises all the way to the last 4-6 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 10/4/2013

    " Better than the movie...great mystery/crime novel with twists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 3/24/2013

    " I liked it. But it's such a hard subject matter to say that I LOVED it. Lehane's a great writer, and the story was well crafted, and the characters were interesting to read. Good book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 2/26/2013

    " Starts kind of slow, but once you get past the first 15 or 20 pages, the rest goes fast. Quality read and great characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 trineeE | 2/25/2013

    " This is the first book by Dennis Lehane that I've read. I think I've found my new favourite author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 12/24/2012

    " I have a crush on Dennis Lehane. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 10/13/2012

    " Good book!!! Keeps you interested throughout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Fluet | 9/24/2012

    " it's good--but the movie is actually better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 6/8/2012

    " Absolutely riveting, engaging, and ultimately, heart-breaking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri Defina | 4/22/2012

    " the book was better than the movie, but like the movie it makes you question how you would react, and what actions or lack there of you could live with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ted | 1/26/2012

    " This wasn't his best book - although it did make for a great movie "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharif | 11/16/2011

    " Part of Lehane's mystery series, this was the book that changed the characters lives forever. Interesting choice to turn THIS one into a movie, as what happens has more impact in the context of the books that came before rather than a stand alone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 11/1/2011

    " This was a rather hard book for me to read due to the subject matter (child abduction/abuse), but it was still a great story (#4 of the series). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 10/19/2011

    " I love Dennis Lehane, but this book, and its sequel are my least favorite. It is more emotionally raw but less enjoyable as a result. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Atikroor | 10/13/2011

    " One of the best books that I have recently read. The characters are immense and there is precision in the writing, the scenes and storytelling is so absorbing that you can't help but be amazed.. The story is really gripping and you are always waiting for the next thing... Great work! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belinda | 10/9/2011

    " Good thriller set in Boston not as good as Mystic River but similar read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 9/18/2011

    " Was pretty good. Had a lot of good moral discussions arise from the plot. Would be a good book for a book club. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/20/2011

    " had me hooked and at the edge of my seat the whole book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 8/16/2011

    " Great read - very well written, but really showed how brutal humans can be. Hard to stomach, but still a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 8/14/2011

    " This was the first Dennis Lehane book I read and I was hooked. I'm not sure if it was the plot or the greater Boston setting that got me. His books are violent and graphic but I enjoyed them all. "

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About the Author
Author Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane is the author of nine novels—including the New York Times bestsellers Moonlight Mile; Gone, Baby, Gone; Mystic River; Shutter Island; and The Given Day—as well as Coronado, a collection of short stories and a play. Mystic River was a finalist for the PEN/Winship Award, and it won the Anthony Award, the Barry Award for Best Novel, and the Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction, given by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. He and his wife, Angie, divide their time between Boston and the Gulf Coast of Florida.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Davis has received widespread critical acclaim for his narration in a variety of genres. He has won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009, 2011, and 2012, as well as being a finalist for an Audie in 2007, 2013, and three times in 2014. He has also garnered accolades from Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and AudioFile magazine and has earned more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.