It's difficult to say how good this book is because there is such a disparity in the quality of the narrators--Joe Barrett being reasonably good and steady and Joe Pantoliano being terrible. Pantoliano's portrayal of different Italian accents is almost ridiculous--his characters sounding like little kids or complete idiots. The voices he uses are, more often than not, difficult to understand, both because of the ludicrous accents and lower volumes. I'm really sad I wasted my money on this novel. I gave up listening after about an hour.
I thought the book was just ok. Things could have happened the way the book tells it, but Pantoliano kind of messed it up for me with his whispering garbled style. Some I couldn't understand at all and I am not sure what effect he was going for. Maybe Don Corleone with a mouthful of cotton but it ruined the book for me. He is a good actor and should stick to that.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is my first book by Jim Fusilli. The gangs of New Jersey pre and post WWII was interesting. Could not tell which person was doing which narration. The story kept me interested but I am not sure it was a book I would go out of my way to read. I hope we have grown as a people and are not as prejudice as in this story.
A boring story about Frank Sinatra I guess. Don't foist unpublishable books on us again. Waste of a good credit. May I have it back, I will not be listening to the remaining 3/4 of the book. :-(
lady of leisure
Story was disjointed, hard to follow. Too much violence.
No suggestions here, either
Just didn't like it.
Several stories spanning many years are all intricately woven together in Narrows Gate. Well, intricately like a jigsaw puzzle rather than a doily. Often predictable and slow the story though engaging enough was easy to predict. None of the characters were particularly clever. Narration was at times labored and voices of different characters were indistinguishable.
That said I still found the story interesting enough that I finished the book and would not rate it lower. There was an occasional interesting turn of events but like an episode of Star Trek it wound up quickly. It took five minutes for Captain Kirk to get them into trouble and 5o minutes to get them out of it. Here the trouble started right away and ended suddenly 8 hours later.
I've wondered if the Sinatra estate sued this author for basically doing his story using different names? The story is interesting, but as many other listeners have concluded....Some of the voice work is treadful.....Basically when they try to speak as women (I swear if most of us heard women sounding like these we'd make a point to never be an ywhere they are ever again) That's a little rough, but the story isn't all that bad.
There's a lot of real life mobsters here that you can recognize if you know your history a little. They too are given different names, but most of the bigger ones are obvious. The story goes back and forth between the Frank Sinatra story and the mob back at Narrows Gate and how they become inter-twined at certian points. Bottom line....If you can manage to ignore some of the bad voices in the reading then you can enjoy the story here because it is a pretty good one....
My suggestion for the readers....Next time you pair up to read a book...Make sure the other reader is a woman.....
I think anything this team reads will be captivating! The story itself was just okay. At times it moved so quickly through characters that it was a bit hard to keep up with. Mob crime, gratuitous violence, Hollywood and WWII. It moves through a lot of worlds at a very brisk pace.
What a waste of talent in Barrett and Pantoliano. Fusilli obviously never received the finishing touches of a good editor. Sloppy and ponderous.
There is a reason this was never published, much like the movies that go straight to DVD it doesn't warrant first run status. Don't waste your time or credit.
I appreciate what this author was trying to do but he is also not an author of other books. I've read other books about the Mob but I had to give up on this one. It was boring. The narrators were decent but sometimes their voices sounded like cartoon characters instead of people. If the last half of this book has some excitement or intrigue in it, I missed it because I could not go on. I almost always finish a book, even if I dislike it so I can know the outcome. This was a slice of life but nothing in life that I care to read about in a book that cost too much. I read murder mysteries for intrigue and suspense and excitement of some sort that keeps you wanting to never stop. Most books I havve read accomplish that. This one does not and will only be good for a small group of people. There were good reviews but I simply cannot relate to those after reading the first half. If this author wishes to write a book, he needs to actually have a plot and some intrigue and excitement. There is none of that here and I will not read anything this author writes in the future unless he actually writes a book worth reading. Lots of hype for this book but it's a "no go"!