I cannot stop singing the praises of this book. Nor, it seems, can anyone else. The novel met with wildly positive critical acclaim when it was released in 2016. And a year later, the 158 copies of the print book owned by the Westchester Library System still has a hold list 269 people long.
No matter how compelling a book is, I can no longer read 462 page books in a reasonable time span – I only have time to read at night and I fall asleep two pages in. You can see the dilemma. So anything over 300 pages must be in an audio format. I waited quite some time for the audio CD to become available and from the first sentence I was in love. With the narrator, Nicholas Guy Smith, who has a voice like silky velvet, with the author, Amor Towles, who writes too beautifully to be of this world, and the story, which I thought could never work for a book that long but it did!
I am including links to the Washington Times review which tells you a bit about the plot, and an interesting Q & A with author, Amor Towles which is well worth the read but I urge you to find this book and read it, or better, listen to my new favorite narrator Nicholas read it to you. I, meanwhile, am on the hunt for Towles first novel, Rules of Civility which I’m told is just as good, if not better, and, is also on hold everywhere in the system! Darn!