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.
Although this novel was well written, as far as being beautifully descriptive with clever word choice, I found the story line to be weak. More depth is needed in the characters to make me really care about what happens to them. The plot could've used more suspense, surprise or conflicts to make the story more compelling. I did enjoy Rebecca Lowman's style and voice though.
Touching, insightful and fun.
The gals of the era are lively and confident. They are strait talkers and shooters and pretty liberated for the times. The characters are flawed (aren't we all?) and still very appealing.
Matter of fact tone went really well with the main character who is a no-frills kind of gal.
Not necessarily. It worked well over time.
I was very engaged by the story being told in this book. I'm not usually one for plot driven novels but I really wanted to know what happened. The emotional content was good enough to hold me but the story line was the winner. It's a clever story and was woven together with some skill.
The writing was over done and not so brilliant. There was a glaring over use of simile but it was tolerable and didn't really detract that much from the story. I thought the narrator was fine.
I found Towles' writing very good and Lowman's reading excellent, but the characters just didn't mean anything to me. I admit that I only made it halfway through the book, so if something interesting happened in the second half, I missed it.
Well written, educational, and thought-provoking. Loved it. Was sad when it ended wanted the book to keep on going.
While I enjoyed the descriptive writing style of the author, I do not think this book merits all the hype. I might have enjoyed it more in print since I found the narrator droning, depressing, and lacking imagination for character voices.