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3.06 out of 53.06 out of 53.06 out of 53.06 out of 53.06 out of 5 3.06 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Caitlin Macy Narrator: James Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN:
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George Lenhart's New York is a retro-Manhattan, a Cheeveresque world of clubs, cocktails, and cards. Heading to Wall Street after college, Lenhart takes up with his old boarding school crowd, a group of young men and women who have every intention of amusing themselves and none at all of growing up. At the center of the frivolity is a girl - the girl - careless, fickle Kate Goodenow, whom George watches, as he always has, as she plays Hearts with one young man after another, but never with him. The threat to this world of monied and formerly monied WASPs arrives in the form of Harry Lombardi, a middle class Catholic gate-crasher, desperate to learn the fundamentals of play. When Harry's blunders call a halt to all the fun, George must decide whether the only game he knows is worth the price of playing.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 2/13/2014

    " Its been done. Metropolitan, the film, did it very well, but this book left me, indifferent? Too predictable? Too distant, I didn't care about the characters - I wasn't mesmerized as I should have been. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dena | 2/3/2014

    " And see, I know it's a different novel, a different milieu, a different time, but I found this to be much more resonant than, say, PREP (or even GOSSIP GIRL). I read this at the same time as the Aimee Bender and the Kevin Brockmeier (perhaps?), up in Western Massachusetts, and together they all created a world as substantial and desirable as cotton candy for me. And I've remembered it fondly and desultorily looked for it from time to time. So I think you should read it, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/28/2014

    " This is Gatsby set in New York, modern day times. I hope that Ms. Macy tips her hat to Fitzgerald while touring or giving interviews. That said, I enjoyed this book. I like the idea of taking an old story and setting it in modern day times (i.e. Jane Smiley's, "A Thousand Acres," or Helen Fielding's, "Bridget Jones's Diary", and David James Duncan's, "The Brothers K"). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janine | 1/18/2014

    " V. great gatsby for the post dot-com era "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria Sundai | 1/11/2014

    " This book covers the topic of wealthy young adults in New York City. A review on the book compared it to a modern "Great Gatsby" but I would't go that far. It was an interesting read to learn about the different players in the game, but I didn't find it to be very original. Parts of the book dragged along and I didn't feel any sense of accomplishment or enrichment upon finishing the book. The writing style was okay. I may check out other books by the author but this isn't a book that I would recommend to others. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 bookczuk | 1/10/2014

    " Feh. Drunken preppies and their life post-college. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rina | 1/1/2014

    " A recommendation by Vaughn, a present from Dan. Enjoyable for all Gatsby fans, but the similarities are a little too excessive for my taste. Still, sharp observations regarding the rich (both old and new), who, as we know, are very different from you and I. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon Pelletier | 11/26/2013

    " Gatsbyian tones - the writing style is less beautiful, but the setting, plot development and interplay of the characters seems to be updating the classic story for my generation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colleen | 11/3/2013

    " It was ok, a little boring. I didn't really care about the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kristine | 11/4/2012

    " Not as good as Spoiled...kind of disappointing. Glad I read Spoiled first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cintia | 10/14/2012

    " I loved this book. I would dream with the main characters at night when I went to bed, just because I got so into it. Very well written, she's a great writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 9/7/2012

    " 8/17 - almost decided to give up on this book, as it's not interesting me at all. but I will continue to slog through it and give a review when finished. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susanne Clower | 9/5/2012

    " If you are from the slice of society that this book studies, maybe you'll like it as a reflection of your world. Otherwise, not so interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather Adams | 7/18/2012

    " I didn't care for it. The dialogue and characters were annoying and I didn't find myself wanting to know what eventually happened to them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/14/2012

    " The problem I had with this book is the same I had with Claire Messud's The Emperor's Children. It's not the writing--which was great--it's these unpalatable spoiled New Yorker characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 12/25/2011

    " Read this one as a supplement to The Great Gatsby. Interesting to compare characters with the standard. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandie | 4/5/2011

    " Boring. Difficult for me to engage with the characters. Couldn't read the entire novel, but ended up skipping through and reading pages here and there in case there were parts taht I was interested in, to no avail. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 2/10/2011

    " entertaining....but would have preferred if I had read it in my twenties since it is about twenty-somethings. Kind of made me feel old. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank | 11/8/2010

    " So New York, so beautifully written. A book about manners, class and love in which New York City plays a starring role. The jacket doesn't lie, it is a Great Gatsby for the new millennium. Required reading for new New Yorkers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 7/12/2010

    " again, i read it, but can't remember anything about it. i think i enjoyed it, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 2/8/2010

    " The comparison of this novel with the Great Gatsby is on point in that the stories are very similar, but the style of this book doesn't even compare to Fitzgerald. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 2/3/2010

    " All of her stories seem to characterize the lifestyles of Penn students after they graduate from Wharton and move back to New York. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 susanne | 5/9/2009

    " If you are from the slice of society that this book studies, maybe you'll like it as a reflection of your world. Otherwise, not so interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 4/28/2009

    " entertaining....but would have preferred if I had read it in my twenties since it is about twenty-somethings. Kind of made me feel old. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colleen | 2/15/2009

    " It was ok, a little boring. I didn't really care about the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/15/2009

    " The problem I had with this book is the same I had with Claire Messud's The Emperor's Children. It's not the writing--which was great--it's these unpalatable spoiled New Yorker characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janine | 1/3/2009

    " V. great gatsby for the post dot-com era "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 8/17/2008

    " 8/17 - almost decided to give up on this book, as it's not interesting me at all. but I will continue to slog through it and give a review when finished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 7/25/2008

    " Unputdownable — ! A modern classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank | 1/22/2008

    " So New York, so beautifully written. A book about manners, class and love in which New York City plays a starring role. The jacket doesn't lie, it is a Great Gatsby for the new millennium. Required reading for new New Yorkers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rina | 4/12/2007

    " A recommendation by Vaughn, a present from Dan. Enjoyable for all Gatsby fans, but the similarities are a little too excessive for my taste. Still, sharp observations regarding the rich (both old and new), who, as we know, are very different from you and I. "

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About the Narrator

James Daniels is a labor organization attorney who performed Shakespeare in London, received a Grammy nomination for his audiobook narration, and wrote the hard-boiled noir mystery Ghost Bride. He and his family live in the Midwest.