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The Town

By: Chuck Hogan
Narrated by: Donnie Wahlberg
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Publisher's Summary

Four masked men - thieves, rivals, and friends from the tough streets of Charlestown - take on a Boston bank at gunpoint. Holding bank manager Claire Keesey hostage and cleaning out the vault were simple tasks. But career criminal Doug MacRay didnt plan on one thing: falling hard for Claire.

When he tracks her down without his mask and gun, their mutual attraction is undeniable. With a tenacious FBI agent following his every move, he imagines a life away from his gritty, dangerous work, a life centered around Claire. But before that can happen, Doug and his crew learn that there may be a way to rob Boston's venerable baseball stadium, Fenway Park. Risky yet utterly irresistible, it would be the perfect heist to end his criminal career and begin a new life. But, as it turns out, pursuing Claire may be the most dangerous act of all.

Racing to an explosive climax, The Town is a brash tale of robbery in all its forms - and an unforgettable odyssey of crime, love, ambition, and dreams.

(Previously published as Prince of Thieves)

©2010 Chuck Hogan (P)2010 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"A riveting, splendidly detailed thriller." ( St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
"Stunningly crafted....the plot is swift and expertly built, the prose muscular and clean." ( The Seattle Times)
"As knowledgable as James Ellrow, as sharp as Elmore Leonard, and as profound as fellow Boston scribe Dennis Lehane." ( Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

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Interesting Concept; Wooden Characters

The title says it all. The story line had promise, despite requiring the "suspension of disbelief", but I never did get any 'sense' of the characters. They were very two dimensional, in my opinion. By the end of the audiobook I stil wasn't sure what any of them looked like, and I didn't know much more about their emotional and mental outlook either.

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the movie was better

The adaptations they made to the story for the movie added a lot, but this was still a good book. Donnie Wahlberg did a good job voicing the story but I never want to hear him do a female voice again. i say that jokingly as I'm sure he doesn't want to either. Worth the listen if you're a fan of the movie, just know that this was a rare occasion where the movie was better.