This book would make into yet another Soap Opera... I am not a Soap fan, but that is not to say I didn't enjoy the book. The zinger style of humor used thought this book never misses a beat. There is no real suspense or mystery to the book, it is just an account of people getting themselves bogged down in lust, money, social class divisions... You known a bunch of grown running around thinking "Mine is bigger than yours. Boil it down to "The Rich And Famous cannot find their ass with both hands even when they possess the map.
Characters one would deem interesting. Sutter's character totally lacking.
Given the intro he alleges readers align Gold Coast with The Great Gatsby. Not in this listeners view. Sutter's shallowness ruined this listen.
Perhaps - depends on author and story line.
All but the Brooklyn trip.
Truly unpleasant book.
This is not the type of book I usually ready but I was looking for something different and boy did I find it. I love the main character John Sutter. He was great and the other characters were all very interesting. The book kept my attention and I never got bored. I looked forward to every chance I could get to listen to more. I highly recommend.
Exceptionally gripping novel about old money, organized crime, and so much more. Narrator does a remarkable job giving different characters different accents and vocal affects, really among the most impressive narrations I have ever heard.
A great story looking back towards the robber barons, current (at the time written) with the Mob, and future with suburbia. Well told.
Wine, food and travel writer, editor, novelist.
In the intro DeMille characterizes this novel as The Great Gatsby meets Don Coreleone, or something to that effect. I was hoping for the evocative prose of Scott Fitzgerald, but DeMille is far more prosaic. However, the characters are compelling, witty, fully fleshed out and totally believable. Listening to this clash of cultures is like being a fly on the wall. I thought I had it all figured out about two thirds of the way through, but DeMille totally fooled me, taking it in another direction entirely. It's so good I was even dreaming about it.