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.
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.
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.
I loved Plum Island, The Charm School and The Lion's Game. This book is a totally different genre. I used my book credit for the reason it had such rave reviews. Although I prefer more suspense, action, and foreign intrigue, this book has an excellent plot-well developed. Characters are aptly described. Easy for the listener to visualize all that DeMille is describing. The author takes a long time in Part 1 in the character development and misc. scene and event descriptions, but it does all add to the overall picture. Be patient with Part 1 of the book. I had to "re-listen" to several parts of Part 1 as it is very slow in getting started. Parts 2 & 3 contain faster plot development and more interesting facets of the story. "Hang in There" - you will find this book a page turner as it progresses. Am starting to listen to the sequel, The Gate House, today. Need to find out what happens to these unfortunate souls...................I wasn't that pleased with the reader, but then, I'm a Scott Brick fan. The reader does do an excellent job of portraying the snobbish, somewhat wimpy, husband. He also portrays the mafia characters very well. Again, "Hang in There" through Part 1 and you won't be disappointed.
I had listened to Nelson DeMille's other books and finally decided to listen to The Gold Coast. I have listened to over 500 books in the past few years and read many more before that. I have to say that this was my most favorite book ever. It is such an interesting story and DeMille's humor just cannot be matched. Also the narration was superb. I enjoyed The Gate House as well. My sister also listened to them and immediately listened to both of them again. She said they were even better when heard the second time. I cannot recommend them enough.
Like being there!
Descriptions of the days when the Gold Coast was thriving
Consistence of his personal outrightness
Look behind the spoken meaning