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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,801 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Price Narrator: Bobby Cannavale Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN: 9781427203212
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"So, what do you do?" Whenever people asked him, Eric Cash used to have a dozen answers. Artist, actor, screenwriter...But now he's thirty-five years old and he's still living on the Lower East Side, still in the restaurant business, still serving the people he always wanted to be. What does Eric do? He manages. Not like Ike Marcus. Ike was young, good-looking, people liked him. Ask him what he did, he wouldn't say tending bar. He was going places—until two street kids stepped up to him and Eric on Eldridge Street one night and pulled a gun. At least, that's Eric's version.

In Lush Life, Richard Price tears the shiny veneer off the "new" New York to show us the hidden cracks, the underground networks of control and violence beneath the glamour. Lush Life is an X-ray of the street in the age of no broken windows and "quality of life" squads, from a writer whose "tough, gritty brand of social realism...reads like a movie in prose" (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times).

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of iTunes Best Audiobooks, 2008
  • Among longlisted titles for AudioFile Best Audiobooks, 2008
  • Winner of Publishers Weekly Listen Up Awards: Best Audios of the Year, 2008
  • Among longlisted titles for Audible.com Best of the Year, 2008
  • Among shortlisted titles for Audie Award Finalist, 2009
  • Among longlisted titles for Washington Post Best Books of the Year, 2008
  • Among shortlisted titles for L.A. Times Book Prize - Finalist, 2008
  • Among longlisted titles for Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2008
  • Among shortlisted titles for PEN Literary Award - Finalist, 2008
  • A 2008 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • One of the 2008 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction
  • Among longlisted titles for NYT Outstanding Books of the Year, 2008

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen | 2/19/2014

    " I joined a book club and this is our first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trevor Shane | 2/17/2014

    " When I first read this book, I didn't think much of it but it keep coming back to me. Every time I'm in the East Village, I think of scenes from this book that I didn't even know that I remembered. Now, I couldn't forget this book if I wanted to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ej | 2/2/2014

    " Entirely forgettable, well written, kind of a word candy book, fun to read but no substance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 1/29/2014

    " An at times frustrating mashup of the overly familiar ("Law & Order" episode plotting, gruff burnout cops who really care) and the oft-dazzling way Price has with dialogue, most of which is masterly here. A cut above most police procedurals, but never transcends the genre (and if any genre writer could do that, it's Price). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 1/28/2014

    " The best book I have read in a long time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marta | 1/24/2014

    " Ok - Watching 'The Wire' is better... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 12/25/2013

    " Pretty good, once I got into it. It reminded me of a gritty Law & Order. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 12/25/2013

    " Im a big Price fan but this one fell flat for me. Price is working so hard to build a masterpiece about a neighborhood in transition that in the process sketches in charachters that don't move or grow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M | 12/10/2013

    " CP = Criminal Possession "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Howard | 12/1/2013

    " The dialogue is crackling, but i didn't think there was enough going on in this to warrant its 500+ pages. I finished it, but about 1/3 of the way through, I started thinking that there wasn't enough to the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patrick O'Neil | 11/25/2013

    " Well written, too long, wait for the movie.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Camille H | 10/24/2013

    " I liked this at first. It kind of reminded me of the Wire (I think the author was one of the show's writers). However it really started to drag and became very repetitive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 10/11/2013

    " Gritty crime novel. Like Law and Order without the FCC. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anne | 5/19/2013

    " Started to read this book and eentually gave up. Not terrible as far as books go but it kind of reads like true crime which really is not my thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 5/2/2013

    " Reminded me in parts of The Wire (the awesome HBO series). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 4/14/2012

    " Great. Total page turner and very cinematic. Would not be surprised to see this as a movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 2/2/2012

    " I think this is only entertaining if you live in or know the Lower East Side. He writes his characters well and they are memorable but overall the story and everything falls a bit flat. Still, I liked it though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 1/7/2012

    " After a good beginning, the book gets hung up about halfway through, and limps on to the end. I like Richard Price and I kept reading, thinking it would get better, but I was wrong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pip | 5/19/2011

    " Price is a terrific writer ranking right up there with Dennis Lehane when it comes to looking at the underbelly of American life. Price, who also has written for the great TV series THE WIRE, really shows his chops here. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ctb | 5/7/2011

    " Like reading a movie. Evaporates quickly from the mind
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 4/27/2011

    " A murder on the Lower East Side "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 4/15/2011

    " Good read. Really captures the LES at the turn of the millennium. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 4/13/2011

    " I struggled a bit getting into this book - but really liked it once I got into it. Just the first chapter or so was a bit rough for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug | 4/3/2011

    " I loved the dialog and enjoyed reading "Lush Life" but it didn't get as far into the characters as I wanted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 4/1/2011

    " Reading this book is like watching a season of the Wire and I loved the show. Having watched the complete series of the show may have skewed my reading experience, nonetheless it's still a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 3/28/2011

    " Whoadamn this was good. One of the few works of crime-fiction in which both sides of the story (both criminal & police POV) were told in a way that was so engaging, the necessary threads slightly left to pull together for the end of the story didn't seem like predictable/frayed tails. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KIRAN | 3/21/2011

    " One of my favorite reads in years. Maybe because I live in New York, maybe because I met the author who was a writer on HBO's The Wire, maybe because it taught me about the lower east side and the downside of gentrification.. I don't know, I just really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/12/2011

    " I love a good crime/detective thriller. Plus, LES. "

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About the Author
Author Richard Price

Richard Price is the author of six previous novels, including the national bestsellers Freedomland and Clockers, which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 1999 he received a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His fiction, articles, and essays have appeared in Best American Essays 2002, New York Times, New York Times Book Review, New Yorker, Esquire, Village Voice, and Rolling Stone. He has also written numerous screenplays, including Sea of Love, Ransom, and The Color of Money. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughters.

About the Narrator

Bobby Cannavale is a film, stage, and television actor. He has appeared in numerous television shows and films, but he is perhaps best known for his role as a reincarnated matchmaker on ABC's Cupid. He won an Emmy for his guest appearance on the hit show Will & Grace.