©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.
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!
I read a lot of reviews prior to selecting a book. I value my time too much to spend it reading a lemon. I hope my reviews will be helpful as you look for your next book
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.
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
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.
I don't know if I could finish reading a novel ever again. I am so addicted to listening to books I have little interest in reading!
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.
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
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
I loved Plum Island, The Charm School and The Lion's Game. This book is a totally different genre. I used my book credit for the reason it had such rave reviews. Although I prefer more suspense, action, and foreign intrigue, this book has an excellent plot-well developed. Characters are aptly described. Easy for the listener to visualize all that DeMille is describing. The author takes a long time in Part 1 in the character development and misc. scene and event descriptions, but it does all add to the overall picture. Be patient with Part 1 of the book. I had to "re-listen" to several parts of Part 1 as it is very slow in getting started. Parts 2 & 3 contain faster plot development and more interesting facets of the story. "Hang in There" - you will find this book a page turner as it progresses. Am starting to listen to the sequel, The Gate House, today. Need to find out what happens to these unfortunate souls...................I wasn't that pleased with the reader, but then, I'm a Scott Brick fan. The reader does do an excellent job of portraying the snobbish, somewhat wimpy, husband. He also portrays the mafia characters very well. Again, "Hang in There" through Part 1 and you won't be disappointed.
I had listened to Nelson DeMille's other books and finally decided to listen to The Gold Coast. I have listened to over 500 books in the past few years and read many more before that. I have to say that this was my most favorite book ever. It is such an interesting story and DeMille's humor just cannot be matched. Also the narration was superb. I enjoyed The Gate House as well. My sister also listened to them and immediately listened to both of them again. She said they were even better when heard the second time. I cannot recommend them enough.
Like being there!
Descriptions of the days when the Gold Coast was thriving
Consistence of his personal outrightness
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