No, I am returning it for print version
Narrator's accent is horrible. Hams it up too much. The problem is he's close, but overdoes it. Grew up one town over and can tell you no one put that lilt in *every single phrase*. More West Hollywood than Locust Valley Lock Jaw.
I'm up to chapter 10 and simply can't stand the narration. will return it.
Listened to Plumb Island with Scott Brick, it was superb, he absolutely nailed the accent and really brought the book to life.
no, when i realized by chapter 10 i was cringing when i turned it on, i decided to return it.
Yes, Rummel really brought the characters to life and was a joy to listen to.
Fell in love with Frank Bellarosa, made me want to meet him, have dinner with him, and more!
Most memorable was when John was at Frank's house having a cigar and getting to know more about Frank. I also loved the bar scene at the country club where Frank wasn't welcome, when Frank got arrested, and more.
Would be a spoiler alert if I told you.
This is a classic and a must read for all. Just a great, epic story.
yes so several books later I still remember the main characters' names: John and Susan Sutter and Frank de la Rosa. What makes this book great is the great, likeable characters and their development throughout...John Sutter is irreverent and sarcastic and funny. The Sutters have a very adventuresome sex life, which is risque and quite entertaining throughout. The ending seemed inconsistent to me for her character however I can't really say why without writing a spoiler however it pertains to Susan Sutter. John Sutter keeps saying that his wife 'is a bit nutty' though this doesn't really come across in her character development. I enjoyed this so much that I immediately bought the sequel, which was a disappointment.
Yes, have listened to many of DeMille's books, this seems to be an exception to his normally great stories.
Yes, would not buy another that is so far from DeMille's normal style.
Narrator seem to do an adequate job, just hard to create interest in a dull story.
Purchased this audio book based upon some of the reviews, and wished I had researched it a little more. Based upon past experience with DeMille, listened to almost 2/3 of book before I just had to stop before I through my IPod out of the car.Plot not believable, characters just too pat, and a very boring listen.
This is a great story and I enjoyed every minute. The narration was excellent and the story pulled me in, even though I could see the end coming. I haven't decided about purchasing the sequel as I'm afraid I might be disappointed.
I feel as thought I must have missed something in listening to this book. It is apparent that Susan ultimately was having an affair with Bellarosa, but I missed the portion where John discovered the evidence of it, leading to the deterioration of their relationship. Additionally, John regularly refers to Susan as "bitchy" and "crazy". However, I found that John, to my way of thinking, was the far more crazier acting of the two.
Overall, I was entertained by listening to the book and was amused by John's wit and sarcasm, but could see where it could, at some point, get a bit old. Having read the reviews of the sequel; "The Gate House", I may just pass on listening to it for the moment and move right along to "The Charm School", which I remember reading in paperback some years ago. I was not sorry that I downloaded this book, even though it was a definite departure from the genre of previous books I have read by DeMille.
Very good book. Have rarely been disappointed by DeMille. I think it was my first Rummel narration and he is excellent.
This is a good story, but it could have used some editing to tighten it up. Things aren't as labored as in some Russian novels, but there were a couple of times I wondered if it was going to get where it was going. Eventually you could tell where it was going and I was tempted to just go there.
The wife's character, alas, remained a cypher throughout. One could say this is because He never knew what she was thinking or feeling. I suppose it never occurred to him to ask her? Perhaps it could have been inferred a little stronger that the main character's inability to even consider TALKING to his wife might be one of his major and unrecognized character/societal flaws? That got a little annoying. I'm not sure even the author realized it as a flaw.
Commuting 2 hours a day to and from work allows me the pleasure of listening to many books where I would otherwise not have time to read
This is a well written story that keeps the reader engaged from beginning to end. The characters are awesome!
Yes, the reader makes the story very exciting.
Yes, who doesn't love a mafia don?
No, it's long!
Can't wait to listen to the Gate House.