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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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Joy in the details!

Novel about an aristocrat who is placed under house arrest for life in a Soviet-era luxury hotel for the crime of having written an anti-revolutionary poem in his younger days. The storyline chugs along leisurely, like a toy-train ride to a hill-station, pausing at all the scenic points. Though it's more about the journey than the destination, there is an interesting climax too. Delicious prose - sort of a mix of Wodehouse, Yes Minister etc. Entertaining anecdotes & detailed ruminations peppered with nuggets of wisdom abound. The characters - my favourite was the waiter nicknamed the Bishop - are also quite adorable. Well fleshed out with social commentary and events of the times that it is set in too. The narrator does a great job, voicing different characters effectively. Conveys mood and nuances well. Great to listen to!

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What a story!

Brilliantly narrated, albeit a bit slowly. I found the perfect place to be 1.3x the normal. the story itself is wonderful.

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fantastic read

loved this book and its narration. its a book that i would love to read again after a few years. very well written, a simple story narrated in the most delightful manner.

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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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beautifully written

I liked it the most when Alexander suggests a drink to a young couple who happen to share an interest in history and thinks in himself what are the quality and duty that a waiter must fulfill. Atrue genius..

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A decent read but a bit low on audible experience

Although it started a bit slow and felt quite lost through the first quarter, it picked up in the second half. The life of Alexander portrayed in the book and the events described therein are quite interesting. The story also touches upon some fine emotions and intricate relationships that are developed through the course of the story. All in all a decent read. The audible experience was not quite great though. I found the narration a bit monotonous.

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Of sweet nothings and everythings!

The best part of this sweetly drafted novel is the conclusion, as powerful and as unexpected as The Shawshank Redemption. This is not my genre by a fair shot but for such strong recommendations I couldn’t keep off. I started with vacillations but finished with vigor. I am not sure what specific genre would do justice to this perfectly sculpted piece of work but it has healthy dosages of love, deceit, thrill, and a myriad of emotions which keep pulsating across chapters. I am still to comprehend the obsession of the Westerns with the erstwhile USSR but I am not complaining a bit for that makes up for terrific stories of gamesmanship, political manoeuvring and internal polity. Amor Towles nails it to paramount perfection, the choice of words and phrases through the composition that eases the flow of emotions from one extreme to another keeps one hooked till the end. This book convinces me to be a little more experimental, a little more open to choice of genres and authors.

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Loved it!

The most delightful of all books I have read in recent times! Absolutely fabulous and amazing!

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Exceptional story and voiceover

This audiobook should feature in the top 5 books available on Audible. Period. Count Rostov and Nicholas' performance will forever remain in my heart.

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Worth multiple listens

Wonderful story .... it’s prose which flows like poetry. The story takes you back to the era it is set in, let’s you take in the sights and sounds of the times, offers ample reflection on the simple qualities which human relationships are all about, and rounds off with an ending the reader was ardently hoping for ..... Brilliant work of narration. Wish every story in this medium had narration of this quality !!

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  • Gone Fishing
  • 04-11-19

An artfully woven story, beautifully narrated.

The story of a young aristocratic Russian gentleman who is arrested and tried for being an aristocrat and who is banished to a small room in the Attic of the hotel in which he has been living. We meet the staff and visitors to the hotel as he adapts to his new life and learn of the goings on in Russia as the country transitions to communism. The Count is an honest, fair minded, ethical man who sees the good in people and he turns out to be the luckiest man in Russia. Narrated in an aristocratic english voice that adds depth and colour to the story. Lots of period details and nicely developed other characters. Totally immersing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-10-19

Understated Genius!

The dialogue alone makes this book a masterpiece. But add to that the dramatic historical backdrop, the emotional eloquence of the characters and the author's ability to lift images off the page, and you have a truly memorable epic! What a pity I can never read this for the first time again!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-20

my Book of the Year

A superb piece of controlled writing. So clever. So funny. So informative. So together. Superb.

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  • Danny
  • 01-11-20

Exceptional!

I enjoyed this audiobook so much, I am now going to grab a text version and read it from the beginning. This is wonderful writing and storytelling.

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  • CDP
  • 30-09-20

What a wonderful tale. What brilliant narration!

Thank you Amor for the story and bravo to Nicholas for colouring in the picture.

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  • Ericos Georgiades
  • 24-07-20

It's so good, everything else becomes bad

It's so good that once you're finished with it, you might never be satisfied by any other book or audio book again. It's not near perfect, it's way beyond it.

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  • Wendy
  • 22-05-20

Excellent book

I absolutely loved this book! I could not stop listening to it, I highly recommend it.

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  • Catherine
  • 08-02-20

A Generous Gentleman

This novel has been perfect company for 18 hours. We’ve sat in the sun, walked up mountains and cooked meals together. There is an array of loveable characters who knit together a fascinating story of life in Bolshevik Russia. Count Rostov is truly a gentleman who never loses heart even though he is under house arrest for many years. His relationships with the Metropole staff and his adopted daughter Sofia are rich, warm and generous and a reminder that joy and purpose can be found almost anywhere. Highly recommended

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  • Craig
  • 01-11-19

A lovely story

A lovely story; strange and quirky, but lovely. A slice of life in Moscow from the revolution through to the middle of the communist era.

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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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  • 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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  • SteveA
  • 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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  • Gillian
  • 19-01-19

Oh dear, I’m going to have to buy the book...

This is a great story, a fascinating setting, well written, with great charming and intriguing characters. I’m really entranced by the book... but I am going to have to give up on this reading because of the extraordinary and highly irritating pronunciation errors. This is read by a man with a classic English accent, but who persists in using American pronunciations - but only for certain words! There are also numerous errors of emphasis, which should have been picked up by the editor. It is slowly driving me mad... so the only way to finish this intriguing book will be to read it to myself. How tiresome!

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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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  • ITC
  • 05-02-20

Pretentious boring drivel...

This is one of those books that people will state ‘If you don’t get it, you’re not intelligent enough’. Well, I beg to differ. There’s no story, no conflict and no character arcs. It’s basically a guy having day to day conversations with random people for 15 hours. Nothing happens! 10 minutes of an assembled railway union arguing over wether or not the word ‘facilitate’ should be replaced with ‘enable and insure’ and rambling on about using a hammer, is the kind of typical narrative you’ll find throughout in the absence of story. The performers voice is the same for each character, but that’s ok, as none of the characters are memorable anyway, the annoying little girl aside. Simply the worst book I have ever read. Totally pointless.

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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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  • Mr.
  • 15-01-19

Wonderful book, shame about careless pronunciation

Completely agree with all the other reviews. Splendid book - spoiled for me by the absolutely infuriating, liberally peppered mispronunciations of certain names and words. Once might be fine. Two or three times might be forgivable - and maybe I'm just being overly pedantic - but not even being able to pronounce fairly standard words like 'Ermine' or 'Cossack' correctly... Surely the reader could have done a little research to round off what is otherwise a beautifully read book. End of rant!

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  • Vicuña
  • 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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  • LP
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-19

A World in Miniture

This book takes you on a journey inside a snow globe with a cast of mostly loveable characters. A whole world opens up from within the confines of a single building. It’s simply magical. Brilliant writing and exceptional narration.

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  • Kristine
  • 11-09-19

An unexpected pleasure

Slow to start but a delightful story and characters. Well read but marvelously written. Highly recommended.

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  • Donna Gaynor
  • 08-09-19

Excellent

Wonderful characters and well read. Thoroughly recommend. This is a book that can be revisited with relish.

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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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  • Thomas
  • 02-09-19

a contemporary spin on a classic Russian style

A delightful listen. This story moves a little slowly (typical for Russian literature) but is full of great little anecdotes, charming characters and interesting tid bits of Russian history. definitely worth a listen

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-09-19

Fantastic,

Great story, beautifully written and narrated,totally consuming. I couldn't stop listening, had to know what was going to happen next.

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  • Elssy Morejon
  • 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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