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The Lincoln Highway

Written by: Amor Towles
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini,Marin Ireland,Dion Graham
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Brought to you by Penguin.

The best-selling author of A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility and master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction returns with a stylish and propulsive novel set in 1950s America.

In June, 1954, 18-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm where he has just served 15 months for involuntary manslaughter. His mother long gone, his father recently deceased and the family farm foreclosed upon by the bank, Emmett's intention is to pick up his eight-year-old brother, Billy, and head to California where they can start their lives anew. But when the warden drives away, Emmett discovers that two friends from the work farm have hidden themselves in the trunk of the warden's car. Together, they have hatched an altogether different plan for Emmett's future, one that will take them all on a fateful journey in the opposite direction - to the city of New York.

Spanning just 10 days and told from multiple points of view, Towles' third novel will satisfy fans of his multi-layered literary styling while providing them an array of new and richly imagined settings, characters and themes.

©2021 Amor Towles (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Fascinating

I would love to get i to Amor Towles' head... Uniquely well researched, diverse themes in each novel and a wonderful understanding of human nature with incomparable story telling. Bravo!

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Another masterclass by Mr. Towles

Love( for brother), Erudition and Persistence the central theme of the srory
A fast moving story, though the title may be a bit misleading.

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an adventure and a great story

loved every bit of the story and the writing .Emmett who is just back from young adults restorative care post his father's death is trying to make his brother and his life with a fresh start .This is their adventure with a lot of twists and turns thrown in .

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  • Jane F. Clifton
  • 04-11-21

A new American classic

Just came to the end of The Lincoln Highway and I did not want to switch off the Studebaker engine. Wanted the highway to roll on forever with all those detours and doublebacks and pitstops and cliffhangers. Echoes of Huckleberry Finn and, of course, the Odyssey and William Faulkner, Steinbeck, Kerouac and even Ken Kesey. It was a fabulous ride. What a craftsman is Amor Towles? Such story-telling, suspense, taxonomy. Already a fan of A Gentleman in Moscow I began this journey, confidently with him as my guide. He did not disappoint. Bloody loved it!
Read beautifully by all 3 narrators.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-23

Uplifting

My friend who recommended this book to me wrote “Have been reading The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles, it's like a fairly tale. Loving it. Very descriptive writing. You can see it all. It's so gentle, when things could go wrong, they don't. A balm.”
I concur.

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  • Patsy Blackstock
  • 28-08-22

An Unexpected Surprise

I loved this book. It was slow and full of descriptive detail that took me as the reader into almost every scene in a visceral way. The depth of the story was unexpected and refreshing in its simple complexity or complex simplicity. It’s a book I’ll listen to again.

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  • Wilme
  • 04-08-22

Exceptional book

This book is beautiful, fun, written really well with marvelous character building and development. Delightful!

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  • Marilyn
  • 13-05-22

Amor Towles

I am an avid reader, however the style of writing by Amor Towles has set the bar very high indeed!
Brilliant story, beautifully narrated and a book to treasure.
The Gentleman from Moscow was my first delight with this author and this book confirms what an incredible talent Mr Towles has.
Highly recommended, 5 stars all the way!

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  • peter thomas fewell
  • 02-05-22

Read in reverse

I read A Gentleman in Moscow first. |As a first time listener of audible I found it riveting. The Lincoln Highway next I found the final chapter of the book dissappointing. I hope that there will be a sequal to this story.

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  • Bianca Kringas
  • 07-02-22

Just beautiful all round

Great flawed characters, quiet, dry humour with twists and turns all the way. Personally I thought Sally was magic.

A truly gifted writer and worthy narrators to do the story justice.

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  • Ray
  • 11-01-22

OUTSTANDING

I urge you to spend your credit. It is a magical morality tale. Excellent! BRAVO!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-12-21

A rich story

I enjoyed the story being told by four characters, each with their own personalities, histories and agendas interwoven into a rich entertaining and yet heartbreaking amercian roadtrip.

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  • Sandie
  • 11-11-21

Just loved this story

A total delight to listen to. Loved the story and each character. The narration was excellent in every way. Sorry it came to an end I could carry on listening.

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  • Diana
  • 24-02-22

Brilliant!

As usual Amor Towles does not disappoint! Very clever story line, beautifully written. Perfectly read by all concerned bringing the characters to life. I feel so many authors could learn from Mr Towles style of writing…. It’s not the quantity of words used but the quality that makes a book a good read.

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  • Anna Edgar
  • 27-12-21

Unputdownable

A truly unusual book, so clever, such detail and characterisation, believable all the way through

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  • Vivien
  • 16-11-21

A slow burner but becomes a wee classic.

I loved Towles' earlier books - especially The Gentleman in Moscow, so downloaded this as soon as possible. However, at first I was very disappointed - it seemed slow and repetitive and a "boys own road trip" but the reader was so good and the language so beautiful, I was soon sucked in. The characters are so rich and we move along through their individual stories of the same event. I will buy the paperback when it comes out and enjoy the journey once more.

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  • S. Hunter
  • 17-09-22

Precocious kids rule!

An overlong coming of age story. Intelligently told but drawn out and filled with reiteration. Could have been 2 thirds the length and better for it. And an ending that was totally uncharacteristic of the main protagonist. SPOILER, Emmet wouldn't have done that.
The narration was irritating. Anytime a female character was speaking all I could picture was a man in drag!
Overall I struggled with this book. Disappointed after the excellent A Gentleman in Moscow.

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  • Eamon
  • 26-02-22

Really funny

A fantastic listen

My first by Amor Towles and I really enjoyed it

Super gripping story

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  • SEANA Mallen
  • 06-02-22

absolutely brilliant

I really liked rules of civility, and absolutely loved the gentleman of Moscow.
And this newest Amor Towles work doesn’t disappoint.
once again he weaves a compelling story involving multifaceted characters, Some of whom you wish were your best friends.
I just finished listening to it, and I’m want to start over again immediately!
The narration by three different performers, was superb.
If you have not listened to this book, you have treats in store.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-02-23

Loved it!

Loved this from start to finish, a great read with a good range of characters.

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  • Buddy’s mum
  • 29-01-23

Gave up

I hate giving up on a book but found the voice irritating, will get paperback

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  • Leeanne01
  • 28-01-23

Really brilliant read

Really great range of characters and perspectives. Not predictable and very enjoyable. Would love to read more about these characters.

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  • Katie Holt
  • 20-01-23

Twists and turns

Wonderful characters and life stories. Loved the relationship between the two brothers and the positivity of Billy. Just brilliant.

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  • melanie
  • 23-05-22

Roller coaster of a ride

Absolutely loved this book. You are on the edge of your seat the whole way. The ending as ever with Mr Towles is a complete surprise.

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  • Elise Mac
  • 22-12-21

Mixed feelings about this book

I thoroughly enjoyed the 1st half of this book and the ending. The author has this knack of immediately transporting you back to a place and time, great characters, some to love and some to hate, engaging plot (and even exciting at times), but…. The story fell apart a little with the plot taking a weird turn that was’t really convincing. Apart from that, I love this author and was glad to have experienced this book.

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  • Jill
  • 22-11-21

Enthralling and compulsive reading

A most unusual and entertaining story. Finished it in two days. The narrator is excellent. Loved it!!

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  • DixieChick
  • 18-11-21

A monumental read

Loved this book and performances, and especially loved the gorgeously hewn characters and their moxie. And the self reliance and resilience of kids who were hard-done by their parents.
Highly recommended.

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  • Jon
  • 30-10-21

Goes nowhere

Amor Towles has some great paragraphs, sentences and ideas. Very pleasant. It takes deep concentration not to miss any thoughts, but the story goes nowhere fast. I’m well into it, I like the characters, but have no idea what they’re planning. Maybe another day.

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  • Roz Willis
  • 28-01-23

Loved this book

Absolutely loved this book, great holiday read if you want a holiday just reading, hated putting it down

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-01-23

Absolutely loved every minute!

Have never felt moved to leave a "review" before, but this experience was an absolute delight.

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  • Jennifer A Garley
  • 28-12-22

Fabulous

Fabulous story and characters. Loved every minute of it. Great performance too. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-12-22

Extraordinary

Listening to this book is an extraordinary experience. Treat yourself! Thank you to Amor Towles and the amazing readers.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-11-22

Amor Towles the magnificent

A mesmerising tour de force of a story, rich in characters, rich in the telling and rich in the baritone of its narrator.
A rollicking journey for reader and character alike.
5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🌟⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️