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A Gentleman in Moscow Audiobook

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, September 2016 - When we had our first child, my husband and I sullenly moved out of Manhattan, but Amor Towles was there to nurse me through that heartbreak with his debut novel and love letter to the city, Rules of Civility. Despite my perhaps unhealthy attachment to that book (I read it, then re-read it, then listened to it, then re-listened to it), I can say objectively it was one of the most crisp and intelligent books I've ever encountered. It's common to worry that a second book can't match the brilliance of a debut, but A Gentleman in Moscow doesn't disappoint. Though vastly different in tone and style, the same intelligence pulses under the surface. Continuing in the same epiphany-rich vein, keen observations, quotable moments, and tremendous insights emerge nearly every other paragraph. Long story short - and seriously there is so much more to say, but that's for my later review - don't miss this one. —Emily, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Rules of Civility, a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel.

With his breakout debut novel, Rules of Civility, Amor Towles established himself as a master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction, bringing late 1930s Manhattan to life with splendid atmosphere and a flawless command of style. Listeners and critics were enchanted; as NPR commented, "Towles writes with grace and verve about the mores and manners of a society on the cusp of radical change".

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another 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. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count's endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

©2016 Amor Towles (P)2016 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

"The book moves briskly from one crisp scene to the next, and ultimately casts a spell as captivating as Rules of Civility, a book that inhales you into its seductively Gatsby-esque universe." (Town & Country)

"A gifted narrator, Nicholas Guy Smith captures scene and character with expressive shadings of voice and tone - a master performance that engages the listener from the start and illuminates Towles's telling prose and subtle dialogue. In a season of outstanding novels, this one stands out." (AudioFile)

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    Jon K. Rust Cape Girardeau, Mo United States 07-24-17
    Jon K. Rust Cape Girardeau, Mo United States 07-24-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant, heartfelt, inspiring"

    The prose is elegant, the performance masterful, and the wisdom of the words something to consider, reconsider and cherish. But I will admit, when I first started listening, I had no idea where the story was going -- nor any idea of where its main character and his friends would take me. I'm so glad I persevered through the first hour, because it's turned out to be the best book I've "read" or listened to in decades -- and I read a lot. For those who like to savor life, it is a must read.

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    Animal matter Melbourne, Fl USA 08-18-17
    Animal matter Melbourne, Fl USA 08-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A vacation for your mind!"

    I was looking for a book to take my mind off of all the stress of the news. This book was perfect! I was so sad to have it end. It immediately relaxed me..held my attention and had me smiling through out. I can't recommend it more highly!

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    Dee Jay 08-16-17
    Dee Jay 08-16-17
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    "Loved it!"

    A stay at the Metropol is now on my bucket list!
    I loved the detail in which he describes the characters and events and when the book was finished I found myself looking up places and things and rewatchig Casablanca .

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    Pat 07-21-17
    Pat 07-21-17
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    "Almost Bailed at Hour Six"

    It took a while for me to warm to this book. It felt a bit claustrophobic. I'm so glad I didn't abandon it. It was wonderful. Unique. Brilliant main character. Touching and clever. I highly recommend it.

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    Harry Kelley 08-21-17
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    "Best Recorded Book Yet"

    Count Alexander Rostov of is one of those characters who cannot be contained by the page anymore than he can be contained buy the Metropole Hotel in Moscow where he lives on house arrest after the Bolshevik revolution. Here is an observer whose very act of observation and consideration set a whole world before us that does not succumb to the sterility of the Party anymore than the hotel succumbs to the dreary structures of predictable plot, for even in the limits of space, you never know where you are going to end up. The Count's thoughts are as quotable as any, but always tinged with a kindness that makes you want to ---rather --treasure them. Read with perfection. I was constantly flabbergasted not only by the brilliance of what was written but the equal brilliance of hire it was read. By the end, you will be sitting inn the edge of your seat wanting the story to go faster and slower at the same time.

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    Terry Ofner 08-21-17
    Terry Ofner 08-21-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Moving. Delightful."

    I was moved to tears of joy, delight, and emotion over and over again. Highly recommend this novel.

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    Lella Gig Harbor, WA 08-20-17
    Lella Gig Harbor, WA 08-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "What a pleasure"

    Beautifully written and performed. It is one of those rare books where every phrase is like a gift that one wants to savor slowly. It has been a long time since I have enjoyed a book so much.

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    jo elliott 08-20-17
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    "marvelous book"

    this book was a joy from beginning to end. a learning experience on Russian history as well as a lesson on gracious survival under difficult circumstances. not only survival but survival with grace and gallantry. a lesson for us all to learn.

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    Carl Alguire 08-19-17
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    "A wondrous piece of fine literature. A"

    Consistently engaging from start to finish. A finely crafted look into a civilised age and class. A bow of respect and admiration Mr. Towles.

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    Yia Yia 08-18-17
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    "Fabulous!!!"

    You will fall in love with Alexander, and all the other characters at The Metropole Hotel.

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