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When it comes to the books we LOVE, we just can't stop talking about them. And this summer the buzz around the office has been about Amor Towles' Rules of Civility, performed by Rebecca Lowman. An ode to the Gatsby-like era of gin and jazz, rise and fall in 1930s New York City, Towles' debut particularly struck a chord with our editors Emily and Tyler, who took to the studio to share more about their favorite new novel with you. Listen in on their conversation below.


After you’ve heard what Emily and Tyler have to say, check out author Amor Towles’ introduction to Rules' book-loving ingenue Katey Kontent, plus Katey’s take on the authors who have inspired her.


And whether or not Rules is for you, we’d love to hear about your book of the summer. Tell us about the book – or books! – you can’t stop talking about, and we'll soon share your picks with your fellow listeners.


  • Rules of Civility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Amor Towles
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1866)
    Performance
    (1491)
    Story
    (1474)

    Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising 25-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

    Emily - Audible says: "Like a Country Pastoral for City Rats"

    Our Editors on Rules

    Emily & Tyler discuss their new favorite

Amor Towles on Rules' Heroine Katey Kontent

Katey Kontent, a twenty-five year-old secretary in Manhattan in 1938, has little to rely upon other than a bracing wit, her own brand of cool nerve and an insatiable love of reading. According to her boarding house roommate, Eve: "Katey's the hottest bookworm you'll ever meet. If you took all the books that she's read and piled them in a stack, you could climb to the Milky Way."

Katey on Agatha Christie

"I read a lot of Agatha Christies that fall of 1938-maybe all of them.

The Hercule Poirots, the Miss Marples. Death on the Nile. The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Murders... on the Links, ...at the Vicarage, and ...on the Orient Express. I read them on the subway, at the deli, and in my bed alone.

You can make what claims you will about the psychological nuance of Proust or the narrative scope of Tolstoy, but you can't argue that Mrs...Show More »

Katey on Charles Dickens

"My father was never much one for whining. In the nineteen years I knew him, he hardly spoke of his turn in the Russian army, or of making ends meet with my mother, or of the day that she walked out on us. He certainly didn't complain about his health as it failed.

But one night near the end, as I was sitting at his bedside trying to entertain him with an anecdote about some nincompoop with whom I worked, out of the blue he shared a reflection which seemed such a non sequitur that I attributed it to delirium. Whatever setbacks he had faced in his life, he said, however daunting or dispiriting the unfolding of events, he always knew that he would make it through, as long as when he woke in the morning he was looking forward to his first cup of coffee...Show More »