I wanted more of Eve's story
I would be willing to try another book from this author depending on the subject matter. I enjoyed all the NYC references in Rules of Civility.
No I don't believe it needs a follow up book. They ended the story with closure.
One of the very best. It swept me in. The characters were so beguiling.
The richness of the characters. I could envision each and every one of them - what they looked like, what they wore, what they sounded like, how they interacted with each other. Their names were all so fabulous. I loved to say them aloud using my best Long Island lock jaw!
Ann - because she was such a spoiler.
This would make an Oscar-worthy movie. I hope someone is working on the screenplay!
Oh yes! I'm leaving it on my IPod until I want to listen a second time, this time just soaking in the ambiance of The City in the 30's. Maybe even listen to the period music that Amor Towles has on his website for this book.
Of course, Katy Kontent, the young woman flocking to New York-at first finding herself in a boarding house, then moving on..my second character would and her roommate in the boarding house Eve. They both look to a brighter future; but after an unexpected incident, their lives shoot off in different directions....for all but a delicate chain. Neither evolves into the woman they spent hours together planning in their rooming house room.
No, I have not, but would again.
Unknowingly, a spur of the moment decision can define one's life for decades.
A really good book. The only reason I would have liked to purchase the hardcover, is for George Washington's list of "110 Rules of Civility.", but they do read them in the end if you are really interested.
I love reading books about New York, my home town, especially those set in another era, but this one almost put me to sleep. I can't help wondering whether the author just compiled a list of restaurants, landmarks, and fashion trends from 1930s New York and the devised a plot to loosely string them together. There was virtually no character development, but none of the characters had much substance or potential to begin with. The word that comes to mind to describe this novel is "thin." It was also kind of show-offy and superficial.
Make the characters more compelling. Create a real story with a clear conflict instead of just describing a series of boring escapades around town.
Her performance matched the insipid nature of the book. In that sense, she did a good job.
Yes - and I would read the actual book again also!
I don't want to spoil any of the plot - but it wasn't the moments or the plot that I loved about this book, it was the style and depth. It's not a book that centers around events and plot, but rather on themes - just like a Victorian social commentary.
I felt uplifted and refined by this book. I came away with more vocabulary words in my arsenal and with more literary tricks in my bag. I actual felt smarter after reading (listening to) this book.
I loved the way it was written and the cadence and voice of the main character
It was definitely not predictable.
I found this one to be excellent. I remember being young and taking everyone and everything at face value- only to discover, years later, that I missed the point entirely. The author beautifully captures the way the insights of adulthood slowly dawn people who are just starting their lives.
Great story - a good break for me as I am usually only tempted by mysteries.
This story never captured my attention. I even tried rewinding it and replaying chapters to see if I missed something. But sadly I hadn't. It's just boring. I have to wonder why Audible.com promoted it so heavily?
Do your self a big favor and listen to Middlesex instead. A much better alternative.
The characters were interesting but the story dull and far too slow.
Boredom, nothing but.
Maybe there is a big surprising, shocking ending - I didn't bother to find out. It would not have been worth listening to this dull story any longer.
What a beautifully written book, with language that paints such a rich and velvety picture of New York city in the 1930s. It is by far the best book I've listened to or read for a long while.
Although different genres obviously, this book leaves one with the same feeling one gets after reading something from Gabriel Garcia Marquez: that you've been on a journey outside your own life and have come back with a shiny trinket wrapped a little silk square.
I haven't listened to any other performances, but will certainly look now to see what else she's done.
I wouldn't. It's the perfect name for this book.
Buy this book ... give it a chance and stick with it through the first few chapters. I promise you'll be richly rewarded at the end.