©2008 Nelson DeMille; (P)2008 Hachette Audio
I have owned 'The Gold Coast' in paperback for years, but never got around to reading it. Then I saw the sequel - 'The Gate House' - in the book store and decided to read 'The Gold Coast' in audio form, so I downloaded it.
I have read all of DeMille's novels except for two, so decided to complete the cycle. I have enjoyed his other works, and have even read some of them twice or more.
This novel rises so far above his more recent works as to have been written by a different author. Not only is it a great read from the standpoint of excitement and suspense, but it's a grand love story, and future generations will recognize it not only as popular fiction, but also as great literature.
My wife doesn't read audio books, but I have insisted that she read my paperback version so we can each share the experiences together. The characters are so well developed, especially the narrator John Sutter and his wife Susan, that it's quite difficult not realizing they are fictional.
Just a little caution. There are some erotic scenes, so younger readers should defer reading until they are able to understand the context in which they are written rather than being tittilated by their explicitness.
In summary, this book had such a profound effect on me that I just had to download 'The Gate House' and began reading immediately!
I maintain a library of almost 2,000 novels, and I only get rid of those I don't intend to read again. This one will stay in my library until my dying day, and I will encourage my adult children to read it!
Excellent Book! A fast-paced romance / thriller.
You will laugh, you will cry.
Having read all of Nelson Deville's books on Audible, this newly added book (to Audible) was a no-brainer purchase.
This book was originally published in about 1991 (as far as I can tell). Separate from the book is an introduction by the author, he believes that that this book will weather the test of time better than any of his other works. No doubt this will be true.
The genre of the book is a TRAGITY (i.e. Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet").
Be prepared that the book is very different than his other books (i.e. The Lion's Game), But just as good!
Don't buy this book if you expect a clean happy ending where the hero defeats the bad guy and everyone goes home happy.
I also highly recommend the recently published sequel to this book "The Gate House". Lucky for you that you don't have to wait 20 years wondering about the main characters and their heartacke.
To me this is what a novel should be. The characters were great, it was funny, the drama was believable and gripping. I also loved the setting of the novel, and the authors description of the Gold Coast and its mansions. I will be picking up other DeMille books right away, and if they are half as good as this one I will be satisfied. This might be my favorite novel yet.
Christian Rummel was perfect as the reader; I thought all his character portrayals were spot on.
Even though it's not Scott Brick (who normally reads Mr. DeMille's excellent novels)this time, Christian Rummel does a very, very fine job of making the extraordinary characters in this book come to life.
"The Gold Coast" is probably Nelson DeMille's best-known book, with a wise-cracking first-person narrator (not John Corey, hero of some other DeMille bestsellers) who gets drawn into some serious neighborhood and marital problems. A story that will make you laugh and cry while keeping you glued to your headphones or your car stereo, amazingly read by Mr. Rummel.
As a lot of other Audible customers probably did, I downloaded "The Gold Coast" before starting on Nelson DeMille's follow-up novel to that story, "The Gate House", to refreshen my memories of the book I first read in the early 1990's. What a great re-discovery in early 2009! Highly recommended!
This book was selected by my book club this month, so I listened to it out of obligation. While the story line is terrific and the characters are completely fleshed out and real, the most interesting thing is the narration. Christian Rummel does an amazing job. After more than 20 hours of listening to him, when the book was done, I missed him. Nelson DeMille gets credit for the story -- as he has since it came out. But Rummel gets the glory. It is brilliantly read.
In the forward, DeMille names this his best and favorite work. I heartily agree. He also predicts it will still be relevant long after his death. I don't think there is any question.
John Sutter, a Gold Coast native, tax attorney, clever and cynical socialite and foremost a devoted family man is the hero and narrator of the tale. No one is better suited to describe the culture of living in the country's wealthiest neighborhood. His wife, Susan Stanhope Sutter, is from one of the wealthiest Gold Coast families. Her father's manipulation of her through his wealth play an important role in the tale. DeMille said she's in large part the ultimate male fantasy. Just listen to the story and you'll find out why that is true, if not understated.
But what attracted me to the story some 20 years ago and what has led to several subsequent readings, (and now listening!), is the premise of a mafia don moving into such a community. DeMille uses the obvious contrasts of two old American cultures, both with their own sets of etiquette, manners and unwritten rules to produce what I believe is one of best, (certainly the most fun), 20th century novels.
Christian Rummell far exceeds the great Scott Brick as the voice of John Sutter. That should be enough to impress any DeMille fan.
It's easy enough to say that after listening to 'Sign of the Cross' Christian Rummel was on the fast tract to becoming one of - If not my favorite - Barring only Johnathan keeble in 'The Woodcutter'... Besides the reviews - It's one of the main reasons I got this book. I am very glad I did..... It was a great (Story)... Eccentric charachters that I might not be able to relate to - But at the same time - I was curious. Set in the Nineties - I felt like it could have been almost current. Kind of Tony Soprano without cell phones... Nelson Demille did a nice monologue in the beginning - Laying out some background. He implied that a lot of men want to be John Sutter - But I wanted to punch him in the mouth a couple of times. It's the first book I wanted to keep listening to without feeling it was getting too long... Very glad that Demille wrote the Gate house as a follow up... I will definitely get it...
The Author's remarks set the tone for a story that in my opinion, is less than satisfying. The plot lacked intrigue and suspense. I found the main characters shallow and annoying; and I didn't really care what happened to them.
I gave two stars instead of one, for some redeeming qualities in the mafia guys style and humor.
I was disappointed overall to find a writing style that lacked depth, mirroring the main characters.
If one believes that the reader/listener will get a peek into the lives of the "old money" guard, be prepared for disappointment.
This book is a silly waste of time
After 21+ hours of The Gold Coast, I have mixed emotions. John Sutter and Frank Bellarosa were great characters. Sometimes they were likable; at other times they weren't. The story itself strained credulity. At times the pace was mercilessly slow. The story might have been better if told in the third person. We learned about everything from John's perspective and were left to speculate how much he had gotten right, even after the book had concluded. I also wish I had read all the reviews before checking the Publisher's Summary to the sequel (The Gate House). A previous reviewer tipped us off to the fact that Audible reveals the conclusion of The Gold Coast in that summary. I learned the conclusion less than halfway through The Gold Coast. Still I kept listening. I've even purchased The Gate House and look forward to picking up where The Gold Coast left off. Not sure why. Maybe it's those addictive characters.
First the negatives....
The author has a prologue interview stating that both he and his fans believe this is a classic "timepiece" work, similar to "The Great Gatsby".
In my humble opinion, it is not. At times this book is VERY wordy and exhaustive when it really didn't need to be so.
The saving grace is that the story is put together very well, and has some good symbolism and foreshadowing - and it has a VERY GOOD wit and sarcasm humor value - actually some of the best I've read/heard!!
Despite its "wordiness", overall, I found this book to be entertaining and a good listen.
The narrator is terrific!! One of the best I have listened to!
I was between 4 and 5 and rounded down because of the author's self proclaimed "classic timepiece" braggadocio.
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