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, and aspiring 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.
This is a real novel that is fun listen to but also glad to finish. The characters are fleshed out just right and the interplay between them is perfect. I love the narrators different voices for all of the primary characters and especially the Italian accent. I'm looking forward to a follow up book.
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You will either love this book or not. Not much room for gray on this one. You'll know within the first two chapters where you stand.