Cinematic. Memorable. Rich.
The opening scenes of Tinker, Katya and Eve meeting and their escapades.
Tinker, Eve, Ann Grandin, Wallace. All interesting, rich in detail and character. I didn't want any of them to vanish.
Absolutely fantastic reader.SO well cast.Interestingly, I had to read back over the first chapter to feel better about the ending. It's not the ending anyone wants, but at least it's not overly neat and unbelievable. Warning – spoilers:Despite the good, there are some things in this story that don't add up in this book:1.)It just wasn't believable that Tinker would not have had other important finance clients given that he was so intelligent, monied, living and mingling among the powerful, adorable and charismatic. Readers shouldn't buy it that he wouldn't have been smart enough to build a clientele to sustain him.Also, I don't know a soul who will believe that Tinker was happy living destitute, nor that he wouldn't have climbed up to make it on his own again. Totally not believable if you read with any analytic nature.2.)Anne Grandin is a fascinating and likable antagonist, well written. However, I didn't believe that a character that smart who so carefully crafted everything she said would "lose her cool" so badly and shove her tongue down Katey's mouth. Not after the setup she'd crafted so smartly just prior. It's too messy for Anne.3.)There's no "Brooklyn" in the main character, who's supposed to be from Brooklyn.And there's definitely a miss in the perspective of a female from this male author. For instance, Katey and Eve seem so close, yet all they have is friction between one another so you're left to think they really can't be close. And when Katey sleeps with her first guy in the book, she was most likely a virgin for the experience, but the author misses that entirely. 4.)There's lots of cinematic rambling in this book. So many details that are not "aiding" the story or crafting a character nor pushing the story forward in any way. These unnecessary on-and-ons about architectural details or paper airplanes are not something most writers are afforded without criticism.
This book received excellent reviews when it was published and it definitely lived up to the hype. The narration by Rebecca Lowman added another delicious layer of enjoyment because she was SPOT ON; the novel is entirely in the voice of a female narrator and Lowman's voice became the voice of Katy Kontent for me. It sounded as if she were very naturally telling me her own story. When reading the words of other characters, her vocal shifts were distinguishable but not overdone in a way that distracts.
This isn't a quick read, but I felt regret every time I was required to put it aside in order to get on with my daily life. I wanted to "stay tuned" and see what happened next. The story was believable but not predictable, which was intriguing. I would eagerly explore any other novel Towles writes.
At the outset, I didn't know that "Amor" (the author's given name) was actually a man's name. The female lead character's reactions and interior conversations resonate with a woman reader as completely authentic.
As an older reader, this book helped me recall what it is to be in one's mid-twenties and making decisions about who you are and who you will become.
This is an unsolicited review, but one I felt compelled to include it in the list, if it is selected. I look carefully at other listeners' comments before making a selection and I hope this review leads another person to discover this wonderful rendition of a first-rate novel.
A nice ride
I probably would. He is incredibly articulate and has an amazing sense of history and literature.
No but I would listen to almost anything she read based on this.
I would have. The story was a bit slow at times but her voice was wonderful.
The book was recommended to me, but I chose to 'listen' on audible. So glad I did.
The setting in 1930's New York is a great backdrop for the lives of these working class, passionate, wealthy, young players. Loyalty, betrayal, debts are,themes that run throughout .
I was intrigued by the character of Eve. Flawed, beautiful, and complex.
Lowman brings dimension to characters.
Absolving the past
This is one of those books you love "living in".
The story is okay. But there is not much of a climax. The setting is good, the storyline is good. But nothing happens. Preformance was good.
After the first third or so, which dragged for me, the book took off when it shifted to a focus on Katey herself, with secondary characters introduced supporting her story well. The author doesn't just know how to turn a phrase, he lobs them repeatedly! I'm left wondering: how does he top this one, or at least match it?
Audio narration was so well done that I wasn't sorry I paid for the book, rather than borrow it from the library.
This surprised me - I really enjoyed it. The atmosphere of the '30s came through for me, with a couple minor flaws ("paralegals"? - not sure if they were called that back then, but oh well). The characters were good, and the story interesting. My grandmother was around the same age as Katie, and I liked picturing her as a young woman through this story. Everyone smoked and drank! Inside! Of course, Rebecca Lowman, as usual, gave a pitch-perfect performance.
An elegantly written novel about a young woman's life-changing year. The prose intimately describes the New York City of 1938 - its nightclubs, restaurants, and hotels - so well that the reader is transported to that time and place. A thoroughly enjoyable book with interesting and well developed characters with the city itself being one of the most memorable. Towles' descriptions make the listener feel a part of the scene - we are there having a martini with Katey and her friends. The novel also depicts the wealthy strata of New York as seen through Katey's eyes. An afterword lists George Washington's "Rules Of Civility", an apt title for this book.
The narrator was excellent - good enunciation and voicing of the characters.
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.