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.
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
This book was selected by my book club this month, so I listened to it out of obligation. While the story line is terrific and the characters are completely fleshed out and real, the most interesting thing is the narration. Christian Rummel does an amazing job. After more than 20 hours of listening to him, when the book was done, I missed him. Nelson DeMille gets credit for the story -- as he has since it came out. But Rummel gets the glory. It is brilliantly read.
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.
I was very disappointed in Gold Coast partially because I have come to expect so much from a Nelson Demille book and secondly because it seemed that reader reviews along with feedback from a friend who also likes Demille was so positive. This is a very plodding story that never picked up a lot of steam in my opinion. I was left with a sort of "what was the point of telling this story" type feeling as I felt there was no real peak or drive to the plot line. It lacks the page-turning nature of Lion's Game or Nightfall. I am not sure I will be getting the sequal, The Gate House.
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.