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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,332 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nelson DeMille Narrator: Christian Rummel Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The John Sutter Series Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9781600244094
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille delivers the long-awaited follow-up to his classic novel The Gold Coast.

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, ten 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. Taking up temporary residence in the gatehouse of Stanhope Hall, John finds himself living only a quarter of a mile from Susan who has also returned to Long Island. But Susan isn't the only person from John's past who has reemerged: Though Frank Bellarosa, infamous Mafia don and Susan's ex-lover, is long dead, his son, Anthony, is alive and well, and intent on two missions: Drawing John back into the violent world of the Bellarosa family, and exacting revenge on his father's murderer--Susan Sutter. At the same time, John and Susan's mutual attraction resurfaces and old passions begin to reignite, and John finds himself pulled deeper into a familiar web of seduction and betrayal. In THE GATE HOUSE, acclaimed author Nelson Demille brings us back to that fabled spot on the North Shore -- a place where past, present, and future collides with often unexpected results. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Narrator Christian Rummel expertly characterizes Susan, the wealthy ex-wife of tax attorney John Sutter, who saunters back into his life following a torrid affair and her murder of powerful Mafia boss Frank Bellarosa. Rummel is most enjoyable affecting the local 'lockjaw' pronunciations as the story mixes in "criminal" Italian accents just one generation removed from 'deese' and 'dose.' Listening to this witty, entertaining novel, fans of DeMille will be hooked... AudioFile
  • “Readers buy DeMille for a roller-coaster ride that is both fast paced and fun. With The Gate House, once again, he absolutely delivers.”

    Denver Post

  • Narrator Christian Rummel expertly characterizes Susan, the wealthy ex-wife of tax attorney John Sutter, who saunters back into his life following a torrid affair and her murder of powerful Mafia boss Frank Bellarosa. Rummel is most enjoyable affecting the local 'lockjaw' pronunciations as the story mixes in "criminal" Italian accents just one generation removed from 'deese' and 'dose.' Listening to this witty, entertaining novel, fans of DeMille will be hooked... AudioFile
  • “Fans of bestseller DeMille will welcome this sequel to The Gold Coast.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “DeMille perfectly captures the tone that made The Gold Coast a bestseller—a readable combination of social satire and easygoing humor—and his recreation of the principal characters, John and his ex-wife, Susan, is so precise it’s as though the two novels were written back to back. Revisiting characters and themes after such a long time is always a risk, but this one gets it right.”

    Booklist

  • “Narrator Christian Rummel expertly characterizes Susan, the wealthy ex-wife of tax attorney John Sutter,…Rummel is most enjoyable affecting the local ‘lockjaw’ pronunciations as the story mixes in ‘criminal’ Italian accents just one generation removed from ‘deese’ and ‘dose.’ Listening to this witty, entertaining novel, fans of DeMille will be hooked as they seek to find out if John and his estranged wife, the gloriously beautiful and crazy Susan, will ever find true happiness.”

    AudioFile

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Val Arrowsmith-timlin | 2/15/2014

    " This book was pointless and the only thing that got me through it was the humor in which Nelson Demille writes for his characters. It was full of wasteful descriptions and tons of dialogue, that was interesting if it affected any kind of story line but in this case the story line was 400+ pages long. Blah! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie | 2/5/2014

    " This book stunk. The story was weak, the main characters wimpy, whiny, simpering and stupid and I am so disappointed. Did Nelson DeMille actually write this?? I think he gave some ghost writer a chance and it got flubbed bigtime. Boo! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith | 2/1/2014

    " I liked none of the characters but the wit, though predictable half way through even to a novel DeMille reader, carried me through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken Ford | 1/31/2014

    " What rich plot and character development by Nelson DeMille. He's truly a first rate author! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gerri Ann | 1/29/2014

    " Three and a half stars. Mr. Sutter's dry, sarcastic humor was entertaining. That helped me get through a fairly interesting story until the point when I could not put the book down, at the near ending of the book. It was clear that John Sutter had a high opinion of himself, and was convinced most people liked him. Well, he was right to think so. I liked him too. I'm not sure I will ever tire of the world of "WASP" and the disgustingly wealthy. Well, whatever, it worked. This was a pretty good read, and I learned to think more about what Emily Post would say...lol! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steph | 1/15/2014

    " Sadly, total disapointment. Spoiled, self absorbed, diletantes..and those were the good characters I was supposed to care about! Long rambeling, over visualized...where was his editor. He can write a tight thriller when he wants. Please Nelson, no more like this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Val Wilkerson | 1/15/2014

    " Haven't read a nelson DeMille in a long time. This was a fun read, the rich folks with the Mafia neighbor.....the main character John Sutter allowed you to see what he was thinking verses what actually came out of his mouth and that was hilarious. Found myself reading in the middle of the night. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley | 1/14/2014

    " This book. Ugh. I enjoyed the witty, sarcastic dialogue, but I read over 600 pages before any happened. And it wasn't worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 1/12/2014

    " Not as good as The Gold Coast, but quite nostalgic for me as I lived in the area where the story takes place. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rcsabs | 12/5/2013

    " Just okay. Not one of his better novels. Not really about the Mafia, more of a relationship book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 11/10/2013

    " I didn't know this was a sequel to a previous book so maybe I would have enjoyed it more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 RmgcluBob | 11/10/2013

    " Lots of sex and violence - a good, quick read, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leannekahn | 11/3/2013

    " What can I say? I LOVE Nelson DeMille's writing style. When Grisham disappoints, grab a DeMille and read on! I think I have a special place in my reading lists for DeMille because my dad introduced him to me, and every time I read his books, I think about discussing it with my Dad when I'm done. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristy | 8/17/2013

    " far inferior to the gold coast "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mkb | 7/30/2013

    " No thinking required for this sequel to The Gold Coast. Just plain mafia bashing fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mitchell | 1/17/2013

    " It wasn't as good as The Gold Coast -- and I wouldn't recommend it unless you've already read The Gold Coast... Tries to stand on its own, but doesn't ring out on its own... On the other hand, i loved gold coast so much that this just about automatically gets a good rating.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Musfik | 1/7/2013

    " I enjoyed this book but the resolution came too quickly. Just removing all the unnecesary repetitions of the constantly repeated "Susan killed Frank" sentence would have made this book at least 100 pages shorter. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nancy T. | 11/4/2012

    " Way too repetitious, predictable and boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri | 8/21/2012

    " What an excellent book! This is even better than The Gold Coast. DeMille's humor is wonderful and his character, John Sutter, is so witty you just want the book to last forever. I laughed and laughed! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joanne Costello | 8/1/2012

    " I am a DeMille fan but this book was so boring and hard to get through. Definitely not one of his great page-turners. A disappointment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith Chalk | 2/13/2012

    " Listened to this while driving to HHI ... I read "The Gold Coast", and really liked it ... I can't same the same about "The Gate House". I liked to learn what happened to the characters afterward, but I thought the "happy ending" was too convienent. Tragic characters deserve tragic endings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 2/10/2012

    " Always a tried and true entertainer, DeMille is a classic genre writer and great on a cold winter evening with a fire in the fireplace, or on an electronic reader with a fireplace video tape going :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/13/2012

    " Continuation of the Gold Coast and the ongoing saga of one family's dysfunction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Raymond | 10/27/2011

    " This novel ties up the loose ends from his "Gold Coast" classic; however, I was annoyed with all the retelling of Gold Coast events though that would be required for readers who have not read his classic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pooch | 8/12/2011

    " Lots and lots and lots of repetition. An unsatisfying read, this book is vulgar and bloated. I seldom forge through a book that I basically don't like and wish I had not done so with this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alioh | 8/11/2011

    " I can understand the points made in lower-starred reviews on this book, but I wasn't bored and found it hilarious. It's certainly not action-packed, but the main character's sarcasm and obstinate behaviors kept me amused. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 7/17/2011

    " Loved it! Love John Sutter, his sarcasm is what makes this book. It was easy to read after The Gold Coast, but much slower than the Gold Coast altogether. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Doreen | 5/21/2011

    " This book was so boring. He repeated himself so much each chapter that I lose all interest in the story. Maybe I should have read the one before this and I would have found it more intereting All in all I did not enjoy this one, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bess | 5/6/2011

    " I'm still reading it, it very funny and fast-paced this will be a good summer book for the beach. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joanne | 5/1/2011

    " I am a DeMille fan but this book was so boring and hard to get through. Definitely not one of his great page-turners. A disappointment. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lavonn | 4/10/2011

    " I didn't like this book at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 4/7/2011

    " Ive now read 2 of this authors books and while I will admit Im intimidated by the shear lenght of his books, his style is pretty funny to read, especially in a serious drama topic book.

    This one took a while to figure out what the story was about, but in the end, it was worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 3/25/2011

    " I enjoyed this book, which was a sequel to Plum Island. But it was fine to read as a first-time book. It was a great listen -- light, funny, just a nice story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Val | 3/21/2011

    " Haven't read a nelson DeMille in a long time. This was a fun read, the rich folks with the Mafia neighbor.....the main character John Sutter allowed you to see what he was thinking verses what actually came out of his mouth and that was hilarious. Found myself reading in the middle of the night. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evan | 3/13/2011

    " My favorite author, but thought he could have left the Sutter family alone or come up with a more original scenario. The characters were too...something. Maybe stiff is the word I'm looking for. Still an enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katrin | 3/6/2011

    " BORING! Mostly a rehash of The Gold Coast, which was the first DeMille book I read and thoroughly enjoyed.
    K. "

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About the Author
Author Nelson DeMille

Nelson Richard DeMille, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, was born in New York City. He was a first lieutenant in the United States Army (1966–69) and saw action as an infantry platoon leader with the First Cavalry Division in Vietnam. His first major novel, By the Rivers of Babylon, is still in print, as are all his succeeding novels. He attended Hofstra University, where he received a degree in political science and history. He is the author of By the Rivers of Babylon, Cathedral, The Talbot Odyssey, Word of Honor, The Charm School, The Gold Coast, The General’s Daughter, Spencerville, Plum Island, The Lion’s Game, Up Country, The Gate House, Night Fall, Wild Fire, and The Lion. He also coauthored Mayday with Thomas Block and has contributed short stories, book reviews, and articles to magazines and newspapers. A member of the Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America, and American Mensa, he holds honorary doctorates from Hofstra University, Long Island University, and Dowling College.

About the Narrator

Christian Rummel has recorded many audiobooks in a variety of genres and won two AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actor, he has worked with Theatre for a New Audience and Clubbed Thumb and also appeared in several episodes of Law & Order.