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.
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.