Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-year-old daughter.
After 21+ hours of The Gold Coast, I have mixed emotions. John Sutter and Frank Bellarosa were great characters. Sometimes they were likable; at other times they weren't. The story itself strained credulity. At times the pace was mercilessly slow. The story might have been better if told in the third person. We learned about everything from John's perspective and were left to speculate how much he had gotten right, even after the book had concluded. I also wish I had read all the reviews before checking the Publisher's Summary to the sequel (The Gate House). A previous reviewer tipped us off to the fact that Audible reveals the conclusion of The Gold Coast in that summary. I learned the conclusion less than halfway through The Gold Coast. Still I kept listening. I've even purchased The Gate House and look forward to picking up where The Gold Coast left off. Not sure why. Maybe it's those addictive characters.
First, let me say that the narrator was outstanding. I rarely mention the narrator first in a review, but Rummel's voices as an old-money snob, a spoiled wife, and a Mafia Don were all outstanding.
The story is very good at times and drags quite a bit at other times. I think DeMille is trying a little hard to be F. Scott Fitzgerald here and doesn't quite have what it takes. He evokes some truths but then spends too long letting the main character wallow around in self pity. The story is worthwhile if you have time to wait for the parts where the plot resumes progress. I can't say that I actually liked any of the characters enough to care a great deal what would happen to them. I will say that they each deserved one another, so I guess the story was satisfying in that regard.
Very slow paced. I kept waiting for something to happen, it never does.
I had read all the reviews. I guess I was expecting too much. I was very disappointed about the entire book.
I felt the narration was a little on the dull side.
major disappointment. I was really expecting something good. I had read a few of the John Corey series. This was very boring compared to those books.
First the negatives....
The author has a prologue interview stating that both he and his fans believe this is a classic "timepiece" work, similar to "The Great Gatsby".
In my humble opinion, it is not. At times this book is VERY wordy and exhaustive when it really didn't need to be so.
The saving grace is that the story is put together very well, and has some good symbolism and foreshadowing - and it has a VERY GOOD wit and sarcasm humor value - actually some of the best I've read/heard!!
Despite its "wordiness", overall, I found this book to be entertaining and a good listen.
The narrator is terrific!! One of the best I have listened to!
I was between 4 and 5 and rounded down because of the author's self proclaimed "classic timepiece" braggadocio.
Easily entertained and amused.
I read this in paperback nearly 20 years ago and have always remembered it as being really good, but after so long a time had forgotten many details. When I saw there was now a sequel, I purchased this audio along with The Gate House sequel. It was every bit a good as I'd remembered it, made even better with the reader's incredible performance.
If you liked The Great Gatsby, you'll love The Gold Coast. DeMille gives his Gatsby-ish characters more depth and the story lines more details. There is a comedic element to The Gold Coast that softens the drama that made Fitzgerald's Gatsby a little more refined and classical (no one farts in The Gatsby), but for me, the humor better reflects real life and I love to laugh.
I've panned some of Nelson DeMille's other books, but this one is a very different book. It is full of sarcasm, dry wit, interesting situations and more than a few times I found myself laughing out loud.
In the author's notes he mentions this as his most popular book among readers, and I can see why. I think the writing eclipses some of his other efforts.
Marvelous book and as others have said it will stand the test of time. I am not sure I can say anything that other readers have not already said except this is truely a look into how those of the 'well heeled' live and think. John and Susan were born into a world most of us will never know. They lack for nothing and yet they are not satisified nor fullfilled. They never even notice that fact until a man who is just as rich but oh so dangerous to their world of priveledge moves in next door. He's just not their 'kind' of people so what will knowing him bring into their world. Could he be their forbidden fruit?
Totally addicted to Audible.
This is a good book but it does not have a happy ending. The story is told well and the characters are very real. You see where things are headed but are drawn in to the details. It will leave you thinking about it for weeks to come.