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  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,735
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,000
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,920

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Reprieve Amidst Ugly News, Relentless Negativity

  • By Cathy Lindhorst on 08-27-17

Amazing - I will miss Count Rostov

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-17

If you could sum up A Gentleman in Moscow in three words, what would they be?

This book was lovely. No violence, no horror with a slower pace for life. Count Rostov and all of the characters left an indelible mark in my heart. Story takes place during a tumultuous change in Russia resulting from the backlash of the unrepentant, greedy aristocrats. Although Count Rostov is part of this era, he is the better part. The story reveals the Count's gracefully transition from an elegant life to house arrest at the Metropol Hotel. The characters are priceless and clearly show the pettiness of comunism (who reminded me of busy now-it-alls).

The narration was so very very good. This book does a wonderful job of transporting you into another realm!

What did you like best about this story?

The characters. I also liked how a chapter would start with information that did not come together until the end of that section. At first it frustrated me, but after several times I became excited to learn the outcome. BTW, the end did surprise me.

Have you listened to any of Nicholas Guy Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No never read to Smith's other books. I did sampled several other books he narrated, but the story line of those books were not interesting to me.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes. It was charming in an anticipated fashion. It made me sad to finish the book and made it tough to find another book to read. It took over one week to find an equivalent because both the story and the narrator had big shoes to fill.

Any additional comments?

I sampled Towles other book, Rules of Civility and I think it was a very big mistake to use Rebecca Lowman, her voice did not transport me. This may be the reason for the 4.2 vs 4.6 rating. I will give it a try reading it on my Kindle.

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  • A Dangerous Inheritance

  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 25 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 175

Historian and New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir is acclaimed for her absorbing works about the infamous House of York and House of Tudor lines. In A Dangerous Inheritance, Weir uses her wealth of knowledge to craft a compelling novel about two women, living 70 years apart, who are linked through the mysterious disappearance of King Richard III's nephews, Edward V and Richard of Shrewsbury - also known as the Princes in the Tower.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Weir's Best

  • By Joshua on 01-08-13

Wonderful!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-15

Excellent. Both the writing and the magnificent reading skills of Maggie Mash! Highly recommended for anyone interested in British history

2 of 2 people found this review helpful