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
Compelling. Just couldn't stop listening.
A criminal wants the respect of the rich
This novel is DeMille's best, and great fun. A blue-blood Long Island lawyer discovers his new neighbor is the head of the Mafia. Frank Bellarosa, the Mafia don, is a great character. John Sutter, the narrator, is very funny, making this novel truly laugh-out-loud hysterical. When Bellarosa and Suther are together, it is total entertainment. This novel has humor, love, sex, mystery, an intriguing friendship, and a fun plot that is not predictable. I read the book many years ago, and enjoyed listening to this just as much as I liked reading it. I believe that TV's Tony Soprano was taken from the Bellarosa character, with Frank Bellarosa even more interesting. This story is pure fun, and the reader is great.
This is by far one of my favorite books EVER. I grew up on Long Island a few towns away from the actual "Gold Coast" and when I say that Nelson DeMille captures the essence of these people -- he really does. He makes John and Susan Sutter into real people with strengths and flaws. And growing up during the 1980's when former mafia boss John Gotti was always on the local night time news, Frank Bellarosa also seems like a credible character without simply making him into a "copy" of Gotti. He's a wise guy in his own right.
Before buying the audiobook I read this as an actual book many times and enjoyed every time. Having it in audiobook format simply adds yet another element to what I think is already a modern classic. It's plain and simple a really good book and an incredibly satisfying read. If you are unfamiliar with Nelson DeMille he is a master at writing books that are remarkably enjoyable to read. After reading "The Gold Coast" do not be surprised if you find that you want to read more of his works. However, I think this book is one of his very best.
I found this to be a very entertaining book. I love the wit of John Sutter's sacastic humor. Kept me laughing at his one liner's. Reminded me of the John Corey character in another series he produced that also kept me very entertained. Christian Rummel did a superb job of narrating this great book. Had to download the Gate House to see where he takes Mr. Sutter. Highly reccommended. Kudos Mr. DeMille!
I really like Nelson DeMille and in the forward of this book he says this is his favorite so I was happy to give it a listen. It is well written and the story flows but the story line was not for me. He was right when he called it Great Gatsby meets the Mafia and if that would have been in the description I would not have bought it but I gave it a try and it was OK. I'm a suspense and action adventure girl and if that's what you like then don't bother with this. I hate to give anything a bad review and I can't say it was awful as I listened to the whole thing, but I wish I would have used my credit on one of the others that I had not read yet. I guess I'll skip The Gate House...
My wife's favorite author, so I tried this one, at her suggestion. The ONLY complaint I have is that we are also listening to another DeMille that has a spoiler in it, for this book. So, I kind of knew how it would end. Still, a fun "read".
The narrator of this book, Christian Rummel, does a great job with all the various accents in the book. It made it easy to listen to and easy to keep track of the characters. It's complicated to explain all the American cultural aspects of this book, but let's just say there are a lot of them, and I'm glad I listened to it.