I love the description of New York in the 1930's, the narrator sounds like Kate Walsh and the lead is s
I don't have time to answer all of these questions.
Look upward and see the wonders I've seen
A friend who has a 2 out of 5 rating with suggestions for me, suggested this book. I was hesitant at first, but after half an hour I was hooked! A really enjoyable story. Having just read The Great Gatsby and being throughly disappointed, this is what I expected Gatsby to be. The writing was crisp, the characters wonderfully flawed and our protagonist interesting. I hope the author writes more books.
I liked the point of view of the protaganist Kate. She was very direct and not whiny or dramatic.
She is a really good narrator. I thoroughly enjoyed her performance of the characters.
What The Great Gatsby should have been...
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
Towles immediately invites you to be a fly on the wall and meet Kate Kontent (the state of being, not the sum of what is in your purse) as and her friend set out to ring in 1938. You are there throughout the year--the great triumphs and the painful lows. You root for Kate through each turn and in the end you are satisfied, because Kate finally finds what she's looking for.
I am a New York musician, a New York native, and a passionate reader of fiction. Audible is helping me fill in some serious literary gaps.
Smart, engaging, surprising
Tinker--because we only see him through the other characters, and therefore learn about him slowly. He is a man with many secrets.
She captures the rhythm and tempo of every character's speech, and brings each one to life. She is no slowpoke, but she lingers just enough for the listener to absorb the details of Amor Towles's writing, especially the dialogue.
It held my interest and fascinated me from beginning to (almost the) end. I was struck by the way Towles can evoke highly erotic situations without getting graphic. Laugh? Cry? Not exactly. Hang on every word is more like it.
I think the end of the book--the longish "Rules of Civility"--might be better read off the page, rather narrated by a reader. It was the one disappointment of the novel, and not a serious lapse. The story itself came to a graceful conclusion.
I loved the narration of this book. The reader's voice was perfect, mature but with the tinge of youth that comes with reminiscence. The story was evocative of its era and place: Manhattan at the end of the Great Depression and just before war, struggling young people amidst the glamour and affluence of New York's society. A lovely novel, beautifully presented.
Unique, mesmerizing, superb
Too many to mention. I swear there wasn't one wasted scene, or even sentence in the novel. It was a wonderful journey.
Katie Kontent, of course.
Even better. It made me think.
I can't recommend this book highly enough. I'm a voracious reader and I'd put it in my top five. Of any category.
i loved this audio book - but what made it especially great was the narrator. i've listened to over 100 books and this narrator ranks up there with the top five. she nailed every charactor.
I am pretty picky when it comes to narrators....Rebecca Lowman does a fantastic job here. The story doesn't hurt either! Amor Towles does a fabulous job capturing a juicy slice of this era in American history...
While reading/listening to this story, I could really picture the 1930's in New York. It felt almost like I was there. And the way the author wrote it seemed to really fit with the times. It was also a really good story. The narrator did a great job, she was pleasing to listen to and did great with the various characters.
Sure, I would probably try another.
Rushed - but I was pleased with the ending.
Kate - Sandra Bullock
Tinker - Brad Pitt
Eve - Charlize Theron
I realize this book represented a different class, is set in New York City and is fiction - but I would question so many women being unchaperoned and having sex during that era.