I had to force myself to finish & it was excruciating. The writing is overdone & more pretentious than the characters. About the time I was ready to scream for less prosy nonsense & more dialogue (1st chapter) was when I realized how bad the narrator was. Combine monotone voice, clipped responses & bad Katherine Hepburn imitations - excruciating.
I listened through to the end, which I can't say for all of them. So it was entertaining enough to listen to while taking a hot bath, or lying on a beach. And it involved no stress at all, so I could listen before bed.
The author's imaginings of what NYC in the 30's would have been like.
The narration was good at times, but at others the narrator failed the author.
No, it just caused me to wear my cynical hat and doubt the likelihood of the rags-to-riches stories.
Beautifully and vibrantly written and read. Brings to life NYC in the late 30s, and the relationships one woman lives through in a year. The ups and downs ring true and there is a sweet, but never cloying, nostalgia. Not for the time period (although the period details are rich), but for the people who come into and out of every life.
I don't usually take a chance on authors I don't know, but I'm so glad I did with this book! It flows easily, weaving you into the story and the characters and the atmosphere of 1939 Manhattan before you even notice. The author makes judicious decisions that reveal intriguing aspects of humanity, society and social nature instead of heading toward the trite and expected.
I'm a huge fan of Edith Wharton and I think she would read this book with ready appreciation - a high compliment!
Is there a plot in this interminable whining about the good life in New York? I'm halfway through and don't know if I'll be able to finish it. The narration is so monotonous that I lose track of the "story"and have to rewind again and again. It's good for putting me to sleep, though.
Dr. Mom - listen during commutes and while folding the laundry! Love audible!
The story was great but just listening to how the author put words together so beautifully was amazing. I plan to listen again!