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Laura

Polk City, IA, USA

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  • The Gate House

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1128)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (376)

    When John Sutter's aristocratic wife killed her mafia don lover, John left America and set out in his sailboat on a three-year journey around the world, eventually settling in London. Now, 10 years later, he has come home to the Gold Coast, that stretch of land on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America, to attend the imminent funeral of an old family servant.

    James B says: "Brilliant Conclusion to Gold Coast"
    "Imagine a witty story where not much happens"
    Overall

    I am also a long time Nelson DeMille fan and have spent many hours enthralled with his books, and he and Stephen King might be the reason that I listen to audio books in the first place. That said this book is a disappointment.

    So much of this book is a rehash of what happened in the Gold Coast, which I listened to as well. DeMille's writing style is very tongue in cheek, but imagine John Corey (his superagent other character) deciding where to eat or going to the D.O.T.. The most interesting dialogue in the world isn't going to keep the audience going for 21 hours. It seemed the author had jokes left on the cutting floor from the first book to be used, and had more material about a mafia don and a socialite tryst.

    At some point, the witty dialogue and haranguing about the possible lost of inheritance, problem inlaws, protecting the children from information, and rekindled romance just wasn't worth it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Zoe's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (835)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (610)

    "I'm Zoe Boutin Perry: A colonist stranded on a deadly pioneer world. Holy icon to a race of aliens. A player in a interstellar chess match to save humanity. Seventeen years old. Everyone on Earth knows the tale I am part of. But you don't know my tale: I'm going to tell it to you now, the only way I know how: not straight but true, the whole thing, to try make you feel what I felt: the joy and terror and uncertainty, panic and wonder, despair and hope."

    David says: "A fun listen, and some new information, but..."
    "Love Scalzi as an author"
    Overall

    Let preface everything by I love the first two books by John Scalzi. This book is however a huge departure from his previous work Old Man's War and Ghost Brigades story lines. It is told from the first person narrative of Zoe, a 15 year old girl. I have a 14 year old bright girl, but this book accurately portrays some of peculiarities that viewpoint for better or worse.

    Being a first person story, its perspective was limited and some of the more interesting events are simply glossed over. This book would be ideal for Young Adult with its love story, but for a thirty-something adult I was outside the intended age group.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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