A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles audiobook

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel

By Amor Towles
Read by Nicholas Guy Smith

Penguin Audio 9780670026197
17.88 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility, a novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel—a beautifully transporting gift for Mother's Day this year. The mega-bestseller with more than 2 million readers, soon to be a major television series “Perhaps the ultimate quarantine read . . . A Gentleman in Moscow is about the importance of community; the distance of a kind act; and resilience. It's a manual for getting through the days to come.” —O, The Oprah Magazine In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and 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 entry 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.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

New York Times bestseller

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

Finalist for the 2016 Kirkus Prize

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for September 2016

A BookPage Top Pick for September 2016

Libro.fm Audio bestseller

From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility, a novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel—a beautifully transporting gift for Mother's Day this year.

The mega-bestseller with more than 2 million readers, soon to be a major television series

“Perhaps the ultimate quarantine read . . . A Gentleman in Moscow is about the importance of community; the distance of a kind act; and resilience. It's a manual for getting through the days to come.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and 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 entry 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Irresistible . . . In his second elegant period piece, Towles continues to explore the question of how a person can lead an authentic life in a time when mere survival is a feat in itself . . . Towles’s tale, as lavishly filigreed as a Fabergé egg, gleams with nostalgia for the golden age of Tolstoy and Turgenev. O, The Oprah Magazine “‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘Eloise’ meets all the Bond villains.
And the intrigue! . . . [A Gentleman in Moscow] is laced with sparkling threads (they will tie up) and tokens (they will matter): special keys, secret compartments, gold coins, vials of coveted liquid, old-fashioned pistols, duels and scars, hidden assignations (discreet and smoky), stolen passports, a ruby necklace, mysterious letters on elegant hotel stationery . . . a luscious stage set, backdrop for a downright Casablanca-like drama.  The San Francisco Chronicle
Towles gets good mileage from the considerable charm of his protagonist and the peculiar world he inhabits. The New Yorker
This is an old fashioned sort of romance, filled with delicious detail. Save this precious book for times you really, really want to escape reality. Louise Erdrich
The perfect book to curl up with while the world goes by outside your window. Refinery29
Who will save Rostov from the intrusions of state if not the seamstresses, chefs, bartenders and doormen? In the end, Towles’s greatest narrative effect is not the moments of wonder and synchronicity but the generous transformation of these peripheral workers, over the course of decades, into confidants, equals and, finally, friends. With them around, a life sentence in these gilded halls might make Rostov the luckiest man in Russia. The New York Times Book Review
The same gorgeous, layered richness that marked Towles’ debut, Rules of Civility, shapes [A Gentleman in Moscow]. Entertainment Weekly
An irresistible and astonishingly assured debut. O, the Oprah Magazine
Glittering…filled with snappy dialogue, sharp observations and an array of terrifically drawn characters…Towles writes with grace and verve about the mores and manners of a society on the cusp of radical change. NPR.org
A book that enchants on first reading and only improves on the second. The Philadelphia Inquirer
[A] wonderful debut novel. The Chicago Tribune
Put on some Billie Holiday, pour a dry martini and immerse yourself in the eventful life of Katey Kontent. People
With this snappy period piece, Towles resurrects the cinematic black-and-white Manhattan of the golden age…[his] characters are youthful Americans in tricky times, trying to create authentic lives. The New York Times Book Review
Sharp [and] sure-handed. Wall Street Journal
Enjoyable, elegant. Seattle Times
A winning, stylish novel. NPR.org  
If you're looking for a summer novel, this is it. Beautifully written, a story of a Russian aristocrat trapped in Moscow during the tumult of the 1930s. It brims with intelligence, erudition, and insight, an old-fashioned novel in the best sense of the term. Fareed Zakaria, "Global Public Square," CNN
“Nothing demonstrates the pleasures of audiobook listening better than a fine novel narrated with sensitivity and understanding…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’ telling prose and subtle dialogue. In a season of outstanding novels, this one stands out…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
Fun, clever, and surprisingly upbeat . . . A Gentleman in Moscow is an amazing story because it manages to be a little bit of everything. There’s fantastical romance, politics, espionage, parenthood and poetry. The book is technically historical fiction, but you would be just as accurate calling it a thriller or a love story. Bill Gates
The novel buzzes with the energy of numerous adventures, love affairs, [and] twists of fate. The Wall Street Journal
The book is like a salve. I think the world feels disordered right now. The count’s refinement and genteel nature are exactly what we’re longing for.  Ann Patchett“How delightful that in an era as crude as ours this finely composed novel stretches out with old-World elegance.
Marvelous. Chicago Tribune  
The novel buzzes with the energy of numerous adventures, love affairs, twists of fate and silly antics. The Wall Street Journal
“A book that inhales you into its seductively Gatsby-esque universe.” Town & Country
“Irresistible…[an] elegant period piece…as lavishly filigreed as a Fabergé egg.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“How delightful that in an era as crude as ours this finely composed novel stretches out with old-World elegance.” Washington Post
“In all ways a great novel, a nonstop pleasure brimming with charm, personal wisdom, and philosophic insight.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“House arrest has never been so charming as in Towles’ second novel, an engaging thirty-year saga set almost entirely inside the Metropol, Moscow’s most luxurious hotel.” Publishers Weekly
“[A] beguiling portrait of a Russian count who lives large while under permanent house arrest in a Moscow hotel.” BookPage
“And the intrigue!…[A Gentleman in Moscow] is laced with sparkling threads (they will tie up) and tokens (they will matter): special keys, secret compartments, gold coins, vials of coveted liquid, old-fashioned pistols, duels and scars, hidden assignations (discreet and smoky), stolen passports, a ruby necklace, mysterious letters on elegant hotel stationery…a luscious stage set, backdrop for a downright Casablanca-like drama.” San Francisco Chronicle

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Author

Author Bio: Amor Towles

Author Bio: Amor Towles

Amor Towles was born and raised near Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Yale University and received an MA in English from Stanford University. For many years a principal at an investment firm in Manhattan, he now devotes himself full time to writing. His first novel, Rules of Civility, published in 2011, was a New York Times bestseller.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 17.88
Audience: Adult
Language: English