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November Road

A Novel
Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
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  • stuartjash
  • 10-10-18

A new look at life after the JFK Assassination

There seems to be many books out, especially in recent years, about conspiracy surrounding the JFK assassination. You have Stephen Kings '11/22/63' and Stephen Hunters 'The Third Bullet', but all of those pale in comparison to what Lou Berney did with this story.

November Road takes the reader/listener on a magnificent journey that has mystery, intrigue, and characters that are put into extraordinary situations. This really takes the reader on this ride, using the JFK assassination as somewhat of a backdrop to what happens to Frank Guidry, who has been serving a New Orleans mob boss, and now he must run from him. He uses another fantastically designed character, Charlotte, to assist him in this process.

This book really was a nice, refreshing listen/read to your typical books that surround November 1963.

I thought this book was beautifully written, and it is glaringly obvious that Berney put so much time and effort into the design of each chapter, character, and page.

This book sucked me in, and I listened to the entire thing yesterday (the day it was released). It is easily going down as one of my favorites of the year.

Johnathan McClain was also the perfect narrator for this story. My only small critique was that at points when characters are whispering in the story, McClain would whisper as well, which caused me to have to ride the volume for parts of it. That's quite minor and nit-picking, because otherwise, the narration was superb.

I can't recommend this book enough!

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  • Richard Delman
  • 16-10-18

Run out and get this book right now!

It is a thrill to review a book that is this great. I have liked Lou Berney's prior books, but this one is better than the other three or four combined, and they were excellent. The publisher's summary lets you know about the setting and the characters, but there is nothing like listening to the fantastic narration and getting to know the people and following along in their extremely romantic, funny, thrilling romance and adventure. Frank Guidry is a con man who knows too much about the assassination of JFK, and as a result his superiors in the mob are determined to track him down. He hits the road. And there he comes upon Charlotte Roy and her divine little girls, Joan and her sister, whose name I have temporarily blocked. In any case, Frank falls hopelessly in love with the three of them. They are on the road running away from a needy, alcoholic father and husband, Dooley. The family has been living in a small town in Oklahoma, which, as it turns out, is where Lou Berney grew up and still lives. His imagination is just a marvelous thing. The reassembled family hits Route 66, all the way through the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona and on to Las Vegas, where they meet up with Moe Dalitz, a mobster in his own right. Moe hates Carlos, the opposing mobster who is Frank's boss. Moe hates Carlos so much that he is willing to send Frank all the way to Viet Nam to run his own new interests (read: gambling, prostitution, drugs and who knows what else). If only to spite Carlos. Moe has a stable of lily-white teenage boys and girls who laze around his mansion playing ridiculous, dangerous, drugged-out games for him. Confused? Don't be. Lou Berney pulls all of this off with supreme aplomb. You root for Frank and Charlotte all the way, even though Frank must invent an identity to protect himself from the cold killer Paul Barone, who will off anybody just for kicks.
I love everything about this book. I hope you do too. I cannot imagine what Mr. Berney and the delightful Jonathan McClain can come up with next. I can't wait.

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  • W Perry Hall
  • 12-01-19

High-stakes Thriller with Emotional Depth

The protagonist becomes a "loose end" in a New Orleans mafia organization after he provides the getaway car to Pres. Kennedy's "real assassin" (also a loose end, who's quickly fried).

However you might at first try to pigeonhole this novel--as a cat-and-mouse, a falling-in-love-on-the-road or a criminal/conspiracy suspense novel--I can assure you, it defies simple categorization and is ultimately so much more. The novel's neck-whipping pace, its cast of wholly believable and complex characters, a brief magnetic and moving love affair and a really bad hombre' giving chase make this novel the rarest of commodities in my book: a high-stakes literary thriller with emotional depth that is difficult to put down.

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  • Dale
  • 18-12-18

Lou Bernie has his way with me again!

What a writer! How does he do it...so smooth, and so easily read! I love his characters, even the no good ones....I love their backbones and how he brings them in and out of the read! Wow, and thank you!

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  • DAVE
  • 11-11-18

Best of the Year

This is truly a great book and in my humble readers opinion, the best book I have listened to this year. Great story performed by an outstanding narrator. This is a must read and a can't miss.#UnlikelyHero #Inspiring #OnTheRoad #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • RueRue
  • 30-05-19

Excellent !

A great book - good story, excellent characters, and a satisfying ending ( not a HEA, but it was just right for the story). The backdrop of 1963 and the assination of Presidnt Kennedy is incorporated into the story seamlessly. My only complaint is the drop in volume when the narrator (who is otherwise excellent) goes into a whisper or confinding tone.

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  • Randy B.
  • 31-12-18

Starts good

Great concept to start and a real page turner, it had me recommending it to people. Then it muddled and shriveled and eventually just died. Very disappointing last 1/3.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-12-18

One NEVER knows!

Great narration and even better story! I never gave much thought to this being a real possibility but damn! Finally an ending I could enjoy just not left wondering.

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  • antonio
  • 03-12-18

Definitively the best book i've read this year...

A beautifully written book with a tense and unusual plot and characters that will stay with you for a while . It is a heart-breaking noir and a love story difficult to put it down. Best book of the year !

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  • Lynne Marie
  • 02-01-20

Strange and compelling story of intrigue

This was a great story with a mixture of all kinds of mystery and drama. Some suspenseful moments where you didn’t quite know what would happen next.
Great narrator. Made it very easy to follow.