This book received excellent reviews when it was published and it definitely lived up to the hype. The narration by Rebecca Lowman added another delicious layer of enjoyment because she was SPOT ON; the novel is entirely in the voice of a female narrator and Lowman's voice became the voice of Katy Kontent for me. It sounded as if she were very naturally telling me her own story. When reading the words of other characters, her vocal shifts were distinguishable but not overdone in a way that distracts.
This isn't a quick read, but I felt regret every time I was required to put it aside in order to get on with my daily life. I wanted to "stay tuned" and see what happened next. The story was believable but not predictable, which was intriguing. I would eagerly explore any other novel Towles writes.
At the outset, I didn't know that "Amor" (the author's given name) was actually a man's name. The female lead character's reactions and interior conversations resonate with a woman reader as completely authentic.
As an older reader, this book helped me recall what it is to be in one's mid-twenties and making decisions about who you are and who you will become.
This is an unsolicited review, but one I felt compelled to include it in the list, if it is selected. I look carefully at other listeners' comments before making a selection and I hope this review leads another person to discover this wonderful rendition of a first-rate novel.
A nice ride
I probably would. He is incredibly articulate and has an amazing sense of history and literature.
No but I would listen to almost anything she read based on this.
I would have. The story was a bit slow at times but her voice was wonderful.
The book was recommended to me, but I chose to 'listen' on audible. So glad I did.
The setting in 1930's New York is a great backdrop for the lives of these working class, passionate, wealthy, young players. Loyalty, betrayal, debts are,themes that run throughout .
I was intrigued by the character of Eve. Flawed, beautiful, and complex.
Lowman brings dimension to characters.
Absolving the past
This is one of those books you love "living in".
The story is okay. But there is not much of a climax. The setting is good, the storyline is good. But nothing happens. Preformance was good.
After the first third or so, which dragged for me, the book took off when it shifted to a focus on Katey herself, with secondary characters introduced supporting her story well. The author doesn't just know how to turn a phrase, he lobs them repeatedly! I'm left wondering: how does he top this one, or at least match it?
Audio narration was so well done that I wasn't sorry I paid for the book, rather than borrow it from the library.
This surprised me - I really enjoyed it. The atmosphere of the '30s came through for me, with a couple minor flaws ("paralegals"? - not sure if they were called that back then, but oh well). The characters were good, and the story interesting. My grandmother was around the same age as Katie, and I liked picturing her as a young woman through this story. Everyone smoked and drank! Inside! Of course, Rebecca Lowman, as usual, gave a pitch-perfect performance.
An elegantly written novel about a young woman's life-changing year. The prose intimately describes the New York City of 1938 - its nightclubs, restaurants, and hotels - so well that the reader is transported to that time and place. A thoroughly enjoyable book with interesting and well developed characters with the city itself being one of the most memorable. Towles' descriptions make the listener feel a part of the scene - we are there having a martini with Katey and her friends. The novel also depicts the wealthy strata of New York as seen through Katey's eyes. An afterword lists George Washington's "Rules Of Civility", an apt title for this book.
The narrator was excellent - good enunciation and voicing of the characters.
I wanted more of Eve's story
I would be willing to try another book from this author depending on the subject matter. I enjoyed all the NYC references in Rules of Civility.
No I don't believe it needs a follow up book. They ended the story with closure.
One of the very best. It swept me in. The characters were so beguiling.
The richness of the characters. I could envision each and every one of them - what they looked like, what they wore, what they sounded like, how they interacted with each other. Their names were all so fabulous. I loved to say them aloud using my best Long Island lock jaw!
Ann - because she was such a spoiler.
This would make an Oscar-worthy movie. I hope someone is working on the screenplay!