My reviews are honest. No sugar coating here.
I have mix feelings as I write this review. A part of me wants to write a negative review about the author because there too many similes and it is a bit overwritten, but the narration from Rebecca Lowman is just smooth and not tiring to listen to. If you ever watched HBO's series "Girls", Amor Towles' first novel is very similar to the TV show, but its set in the 30's, also in Manhattan. Going to clubs, going to work, falling in love, something tragic happens and "The End", is pretty much the story of any book in this genre.
I can see why there are so many raving reviews and I can also understand the opposite side. As for my comments for this review, I am neutral as I express my thoughts on this book. Having a good narrator is equally important as having good content. The audio publisher got this one right by getting the right person to perform this title. It's hard to find the right voice.
I rarely listen to books twice.
She did them all well, but was better with the women, but did do a great Tinker Grey.
I avoided this book because it was a debut novel, and am sorry I waited so long. It is interesting that a male author has much better developed female characters than male characters, but it is still a wonderful story. I will look for more of Towles books.
Bright intelligent women
Fall on Your Knees, a picture of a life for a woman in her times.
None in particular.
The imagine of Eve and Teddy and his shock at her news leaving him so adrift he runs the boat they are on ashore.
There were likely lots of women in this age who did not live up to the culture of a the women of that day.
Wonderful characters. The protagonist was a young lady about town in NYC with a natural touch of refinement. The reader's (Amor Towles) incredible voice, like cream, lent class and charm to the character.
I wish there were more books read by Amor Towles
I just loved this novel. It was one of the best that I've read in a while and I am a voracious reader. It is pleasantly dry and witty. The narrator has a beautiful voice and really brings each character to life. The novel is written just so that you have to think--but not so much that it is an academic exercise rather than an enjoyable novel. Looking forward to future works by this incredible author.
The story was so boring. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen, and it never did, in my opinion.
I found it hard to care about the protagonist.
First and only book I'll get by her.
I bought it so I have to read it. It MIGHT get better. It DID NOT! One of the WORST books I have EVER seen to the end. You would think I would learn to cut my loses and run but…
The reader is as droll as the book. It is not set in the depression years but the narration of both the book and reader would make you think it is. The nicest thing I can say about the book is that it is BORING. I loved the Great Gatsby which I think this was trying to emulate. I liked the Great Gatsby but this does not hold a candle. Oh, why did I waste my time and money? Stupidity. Next time I WILL cut my loses and run before wasting my time. That IS a promise to me. Let it be a promise to you who think of purchasing the dribble.
....because I really didn't think this book was that wonderful. It was fairly interesting and the characters were intriguing but I just felt it was a long....slow....story. There were never any real highs or lows.......just all even keel. I did like Katey Kontent and felt she was extremely intelligent and street smart. With no family to help her out she made her way into a world that is difficult to gain access to and made a grand life for herself. Tinker Grey was a great name and I thought that I might use it for the next pet I end up with. There was a lot of drinking and smoking going on back in the 30's and it made me wonder if anyone was ever sober or not partying.
I was bored to tears with the 'Rules Of Civility' that were read at the end of the book.....OMG.....there were like 100 of them! At first they were a bit amusing.....then I just wanted it to END!!!....I only felt relief when the book was done.....no sadness that it ended or the want of pondering over the story. I was excited to read this but I ended up being bored and disappointed in a book that so many others have loved. I guess that is what makes life interesting....we all have our own opinions.
I've listened to some wonderful books such as the "Bloody Jack Series", Bryce Courtenay novels with that remarkable Humphrey Bower narrating and others. Part of what makes a book interesting is the narrator and I'm afraid this one just doesn't have it. Slow book, mediocre narrator...boring.