Rules of Civility

Rules of Civility

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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From the New York Times-bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow and the forthcoming The Lincoln Highway, a “sharply stylish” (Boston Globe) book about a young woman in post-Depression era New York who suddenly finds herself thrust into high society—now with over one million readers worldwide

On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York society—where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve.
With its sparkling depiction of New York’s social strata, its intricate imagery and themes, and its immensely appealing characters, Rules of Civility won the hearts of readers and critics alike.

Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group


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Sep 19, 2020

So good. The Story. Audiobook reader.

Comment is on the audio version. Talented reader, clever writing and thoughtful story of a young woman coming of age, pulling herself up by her own bootstraps [or spike heels] in New York Society. I was captivated by it all until the last few chapters which just tied up lose ends without much finesse.
I still plan to read the book

Jan 17, 2020

Tried to like it, but after 3 hours of listening, I determined I couldn't handle another 9 hours. I liked the "Gentleman in Moscow", but couldn't get involved with these characters.

Aug 26, 2019

Love it! I agree with the previous comment: it is poetic in every twist and turn!
What a incredible performance by the narrative - Rebecca Lowman. Love her work!

TechLibrarian Aug 29, 2018

This isn't the sort of book I usually read, but I took a chance on it since everyone seems to be loving A Gentleman in Moscow, and I was waiting for an available copy. I was really surprised to find myself quickly pulled into Rules of Civility. I liked the narrator's voice a lot, and that helped; I think reading the back and forth banter on the page wouldn't have been as fun as listening to her performance. As the plot moved along, sometimes a bit slowly, I came to really like the characters themselves. And, I really liked that the main character was a reader, so there were lots of references to famous books and authors peppered throughout. I don't think this book is for everyone but I'd recommend it as a read-alike to The Great Gatsby, or Bel Canto, as the writing is similarly lyrical, and it's also set in a similar time period.

Aug 16, 2018

Though not as good as "A Gentleman in Moscow" this novel has excellent character development. Amor Towles is very literate!! It was so nice to read a book that did not have incorrect grammar in sentence after sentence. Highly recommend this author. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Oct 12, 2013

Somewhat long. Snappy language of the 20', 30's sounds like movies with Hepburn, Tracy, Grant, Powell & Loy. Enjoyed it for the change in that respect. Examined personalities in depth & the flavor of the era.

Jun 18, 2013

I'd recommend this book as a stylish portrait of 20-somethings in '30's Manhattan. If that sounds clichéd, the intertwined characters and their relationships managed to keep my interest and maintain a plausible plotline with some twists along the way.

Jan 30, 2012

I loved it! Great characters!


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