Rebecca Lowman's performance of this book is stellar. She gives meaningful inflections to each character's voice. She pulls off a few language shifts, as well.
The book is unbelievably good. It is a reader's read. Filled with homages and name-drops, Towles achieves the impossible: he is Edith Wharton, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald all at once.
Age of Innocence for its comedy of manners approach to Manhattan.
The Great Gatsby for its up-and-coming-or-not characters.
The Sun Also Rises for its burn-and-crash characters and pacing.
The movie Metropolitan for its look at the upper-class and arrivistes with equal measure.
Tinker Grey--his is the character of greatest focus and growth.
Librarian, blogger, reader
I would listen to this narrator read anything. She has a slightly deep, slightly husky voice that was perfect for this book. She read the characters different enough from one another that it was easy to tell who was speaking, without making those differences exaggerated. Lovely job!
This is not a book of action - it's more about people living in a specific time, but I was interested in those people and the time in which they lived. I felt quite transported by it. Tinker Grey reminded me a bit of Jay Gatsby, perhaps because I was rereading The Great Gatsby at the same time. Although it wasn't plot-heavy, I still thought it was a good story, but the real strength is in the beautiful writing.
I found the story a little depressing even though that was the author's intent. Some uplifting character's would have been welcome. But, overall, a good depiction of that era in NYC.
Evoked another time
(Spoiler alert)--When Katie discovers the true nature of Tinker's relationship to Anne.
The Great Gatsby revisited
The dialog evoked a time before tweeting and texting when people were articulate.
Looking for riveting fiction with well developed characters, close to real life stories and a compelling narrator who feels the story.
The story, the characters and the narrator are fabulous. Love the narrator's accent and passion as she brings to life the characters and the scenes. I felt like I was there experiencing everything first hand.
The main character is outstanding - really well written and very strong believable woman.
Rebecca brings the characters to life - wonderful accents and personality.
In parts I laughed in others, I held my breath until I found out what was going to happen next.
I was drawn to this book because I love the 1930's and I especially love Manhattan in the 1930's. If Towles was to write another book in which the time period/locale was the same I would read it.
I'd recommend it to certain people.
The narrator did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life.
The dialouge was snappy and smart; sometimes too much so. It sounded just a smidge unrealistic.
Yes, this writer uses language and creates word-pictures in an exquisite manner. I could not stop listening after the first chapter, which seemed slow. I am so glad I carried on and listened more, as the remainder of the story was masterfully written. Hard to believe this is a first time novelist.
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NYC In 1938 started out to be fun and light hearted for Katie and Eve. By the end of the year, relationships and new friends have changed their lives forever. This was a fun fast story of friends and relationships that happened by chance. This was a good story for a first time author. In first time novels, authors usually try to fit all their ideas in the first book. This book is no exception but most of the authors ideas do get wrapped up nicely.
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.