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A Gentleman in Moscow

Written by: Amor Towles
Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
5 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Soon to be a major TV series starring Kenneth Branagh.

The Times Book of the Year 2017
A Sunday Times Book of the Year 2017
A Mail on Sunday Book of the Year 2017
A Daily Express Book of the Year 2017
An Irish Times Book of the Year 2017
One of Barack Obama's Best Books of 2017
Nominated for the 2018 Independent Booksellers Week Award

On 21 June 1922, Count Alexander Rostov - recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt - is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol. 

Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count has been sentenced to house arrest indefinitely. But instead of his usual suite, he must now live in an attic room while Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval. 

Can a life without luxury be the richest of all?

©2017 Amor Towles (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Just Lovely

Utterly beautiful and charming. Transported to the Metropol at the very first listen and gladly remained checked in for the entire duration. The Count and the entire cast of supporting characters are extremely endearing and memorable.

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absolutely incredible !!

Breathtaking, very much loved it. One of the best books of the last few years.

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An amazing take of times

Beautifully written Novel read with great flourish by Mr Smith. As much a peak into ways of the world of those times as a piece of fiction. Great example of word play and story telling.

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absolutely loved it. characters are so well fleshed out. The dry wit kept it light

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Amazing

Totally engrossing blend of history, literature, mystery and human behaviour. perfect as an audiobook

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  • Rupert Mollusc
  • 18-10-18

Not great...

I succumbed to the hype on this one. After all it was Barack Obama's favourite book of 2017, and he knows great literature, right ? Well, maybe not. Nicholas Guy Smith does a good job with the narration, but he can't overcome the material. Every detail seems contrived, Mr Towles has a poor grasp of idiom, his insights are trite, many of the character interactions seem implausible... I had to stop listening, as eventually the book's effect on me was like nails on a blackboard.

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  • Rebecca
  • 10-08-19

Delightful

A beautifully written tale of a kindly gentleman and his quiet, unassuming and yet eventful life.

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  • Priya S
  • 18-01-19

An enchanting tale....beautifully narrated

Lovely narration... and amazing language. The book does not have a definitive plot and at a point of time I started feeling that the book was dragging, but then the accounts in the book keep one entertained and engaged. After having listened to the book, I wish I could visit Hotel Metropol in Moscow sometime, and see for myself how the place matches to the illustration of Towles.

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  • Arlene
  • 14-11-18

beautiful narration

I loved this book from start to finish. Eloquently narrated and with descriptions that lifted me right into the era and place. I dreaded the end and would have loved it to carry on.

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  • Glen Mollink
  • 27-06-19

Wonderful story

What and amazing, beautiful and uplifting story so well written and elegantly read. Would recommend highly.

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  • Vicuña
  • UK
  • 04-01-19

A classic

A brilliantly subversive morality tale. Filled with humour,pathos, a cast of colourful characters.

Against a backdrop of the rise of Stalinism, the scope is epic. Complex plot with sublime twists. I have over 500 audiobooks and this is near the top of my top 10 outstanding

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  • SteveA
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  • 14-02-19

Rewarding if you're patient with it.

Really enjoyable and somewhat unusual story of a Russian aristocrat sentenced to house arrest in the Hotel Metropole in Moscow, having narrowly escaped execution after the revolution. However, this book doesn't give its pleasures away easily. It's written with technical precision and sometimes early on seemed like an exercise in lexicography rather than a flowing tale. I'm not sure if I would have had the patience with the regular book, that a few long drives allowed me to get drawn into the audio book. But I'm glad I did. Ultimately though, the characters emerge deeply, and the observations underpin a story which spins well beyond the confines of the Metropole. Narration is precise and a great fit for the style of the book.

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  • 21-12-18

Heartbroken...

... that I’ve finished listening to this wonderful book. My life will be empty without the courteous, witty and charming Count Rostov. What a fabulous way to stride twentieth-century Russian history as it flows in, out and around the Hotel Metropol. The genius of the story is the weaving in of tiny details that eventually coalesce to form a perfect and satisfactory conclusion to a brilliant plot. It’s superbly narrated, each character springing to life with pitch-perfect accents and nuances. A delight of a book.

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  • Bean
  • 29-11-18

The best book I’ve listened and read in a long time

Cannot recommend this highly enough
I laughed, I cried and I started listening as I was on holiday but it was soooo sooo good that o wanted to read the words as well. So ended up doing both. And I’ll be buying a paper copy as well as I want to give to my mum
Just superb 5*

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  • Miss B. March
  • 02-02-19

A lesson in philosophy

This is one of the most significant books I have read. The last that left me feeling this was was 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' Apart from the gorgeous use of language, the faultless narration and the compelling story line, this was a delicious lesson in philosophy, history, love, loss and manners. What a treat!

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  • suze
  • 07-12-18

I love this and now I feel bereft

I want this story to go on and on. The characters I've come to know and love loom large in my imagination. They feel so real that I can almost touch them if I reach back in time.
The Metropol hotel and all its cast of characters - all brought to life by the brilliant narration - will stay with me forever. The sounds and smells, the music and food - they are seared in my memory. It feels like the end of a thrilling affair.
Thank you, Amor Towles, for the taking me on this journey.

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  • barjil
  • 21-02-19

Spoiled by reader

This is a superb book but I wish I had chosen to read it rather than listen as the reader's all too frequent mispronunciations set my teeth on edge.

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  • L
  • 14-12-18

If you like this...

then you'll also like Eva Ibbotson - I was reminded of her style particularly in the latter stages of the book: the early 20th century European setting, the fond relationships and prodigiously talented young people and a good yarn. I found the (English sounding) narrator strangely conflicted between English and American pronunciation, and woefully unprepared for many of the 'foreign' words in the text, and this mangling of terms jarred, particularly when the protagonist is a learned man, fluent in various languages, and whose pronunciation, one assumes, would have been as impeccable as his manners. A bit long, perhaps; many references to the Russian classics so perhaps the author was emulating some of the style ...

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  • Amazon Customer
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  • 20-11-18

It's a small world.

Russia moves through upheaval after upheaval. Death, war and intrigue stalk the streets of Moscow and stops dead at the door of the metropol where it will be forever 1922 and everyone is having a spiffing time with the lovely ageless Count Rostov.

An ode to a lost age. The book skates over the horror of Stalin and WW2, the rise of the police state and the millions starved to death by communism. Characters waltz through the revolving door of the hotel, impart their bit of the plot and move on, some return, some are forgotten and some get a footnote if they're lucky. The only hardship the count appears to endure is a lack of fish stew.

Then it's time to wrap things up and the charming Count has the last laugh.

Bubbly fun but don't expect war or peace

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  • SharonUK
  • 27-01-19

Brilliant

How, you may think, can someone write a novel about a man under house arrest in a hotel in Moscow and make it so good. We journey into a true gentleman's mind. We learn about his past, his friends and his beliefs. He learns from others and makes a life for himself despite his confinement. And he finds joy after being put in a position of responsibility and finds a way to get what his heart most desires. I got lost in this book and it's one of those rare gems that I will remember for a very long time.

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  • Tim Goodman
  • 14-12-18

Spectacular

A gripping tale of history and personalities.

I will be passing this book to all my family and friends with my upmost recommendation.

Truly a fantastic book.

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  • Nessy
  • 22-05-19

buy the book

i was the only one in our bookclub of 6 who didn't absolutely love this book. I struggled with following the nuances that are pivotal to the plot. My suggestion would be to read the book.

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  • Antonia McAtamney
  • 12-01-19

Description overload

I could not get into this story. It was too wordy for me and I felt I was in an English class. I am sure it is a great book for many but I returned it as I kept falling asleep as I listened.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-08-19

A story that takes you to Russia. Captivating!

The story was gripping all the way. The narrator had a captivating voice which brought the story to life. Highly recommended!

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  • Judith Staples
  • 21-08-19

An inspiring read.

loved this book. The main character has some good life lessons. sad when it finished.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-08-19

Wonderful, truly wonderful.

Enunciation and pronunciation of the reader were riveting. The story, simple and lovely. Recommended for readers who are willing to to sit through a sedate ambulation through the narrative.

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  • vicster
  • 13-08-19

Classic

Wonderful writing, rendered with the utmost care by a truly magnificent wordsmith. Spoken beautifully. Bravo!

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  • James Barwell
  • 13-08-19

Slow but well told

A bit of a struggle this one. A slow story but well told and the interest picks up towards the end.
Well narrated!

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  • susan Rossiter
  • 11-08-19

a great insight to the evolvement of modern Russi

I enjoyed it, a wonderful use of words, just a joy to make mind pictures.

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  • Autodidact
  • 27-07-19

Nobel Level

This book is a masterpiece, I can conceive of Amor Towles winning the Nobel Prize in Literature for this special book. It is full of moving characters, valuable lessons, and unforgettable moments. I applaud the stunning achievement of the writer (and Count Rostov). We are all living under 'house arrest' in one way or another, and this splendid story will show you how someone under real house arrest masters his circumstances instead of being mastered by them.