Completely kept my interest in the story and loved the characters and the humor. Definitely read/listen worthy.
This book is a little outside my normal genre, but it is by far one of the most memorable audiobooks I've listened too. It had me laughing out loud on a number of occasions and eager to keep "turning the pages" so to speak.
I would highly recommend it, whether your interest is sci-fi, mystery, action, adventure, inspirational, etc. This book is none of that, but you'll be glad you listened.
I read this book several years ago, but wanted to refresh myself before listening to the Gate House. This book is one of the reasons Nelson DeMille is my favorite author. It's an amazing story and, as long as it was, I loved every minute. I just wish I could meet John Sutter in real life. A true classic!
This is by far one of the best if not the best DeMille books to date! John Sutter is laugh out loud funny. Great dialogue. Great story. The narrator is aweseome! Best listen I've ever had from audible!!
Maybe I expected too much after reading all the reviews. Story felt like it kept trying to build to a peak, but never quite made it. Characters weren't very likable, except for the bad guys. Main character had a great dry wit, but I never found myself wanting to help him out of a bad situation. Felt like he caused his own troubles. The wife character was looney, but not very believable. Their relationship didn't make sense. Don't think I'll listen to the sequel.
This book started really slowly. My first impression was "wordy." John Stanton likes to hear himself talk..but after the first hour, I got sucked in! The relationships between John and Susan and John and Frank Bellarosa are still on my mind a month after I listened to this book. Fantastic Listen!
Thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end. Great narration and fully developed characters. You get to really know and like the characters and are sorry when it all ends. One of the best. Am currently finishing the Gate House, which I also like. Do them both and start with the Gold Coast.
Nelson Demille is one of the greatest story tellers of our time; this is a great book. First few chapters were slow with the readers style and Nelson building up the story, but at the midway point, it was crusing and heading to high gear. The ending is the 'can't put it down' quality stuff you just dream about from other authors. Highly Recommended.
I'm a big DeMille fan...usually. However, the protagonist is a xenophobic, bigoted, effete, misogynistic, upper class snob who seems to have no positive feelings for anybody, save for a way too vividly and too frequently described lusting for his simpering, libidinous, manipulative but air-headed wife. I listened to the book in it's entirety because the author touted it as the best he'd written. I not only could not empathize with any of the characters, I didn't even like any of them. The plot was hyper-extended to fill far too many chapters and could have been condensed to great advantage. If I had not already "read" so many of DeMille's other (and much, much better) offerings, I would never have read another by him. As it happened, I bought the sequel (very much by accident) and was too much of a thrifty Scot to just not listen to it. That book, The Gate House, is the reason The Gold Coast received two stars. It was hard to fathom that a book by such an otherwise wonderful storyteller could be worse, but The Gate House managed. So, by comparison to the one star rating for the sequel, I was forced to give the ever so slightly better The Gold Coast two stars.In defense of DeMille, I do like that his books are grammatically correct and he uses a vocabulary that assumes the readers/listeners have a good working vocabulary, themselves. More's the pity, this isn't always the case, so good marks for that.
Yes, and hope for much better. I have listened to many of his most excellent books already and will listen to more.
I don't know. His voices were good, and I guess he captured the characters' accents effectively, though the "preppy" accent and the nasal snobbery accent drove me to distraction. Not the reader's fault, as I believe he did it well. As mentioned above, the book was too long and listening to that voice of presumed superiority was grating, particularly since I didn't like the story anyway.
A whole lot... I think I'd have had it down to one download instead of three.