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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)

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“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.” (The Washington Post)

He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to. 

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. 

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. 

Soon to be a major television series starring five-time Academy Award®-nominee Kenneth Branagh.

“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)

©2016 Amor Towles (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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"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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Philosophical and warm-hearted

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The characters are brought to life through the author's vivid description on the one hand, and through the amazing speaker on the other hand. There are many philosophical thoughts and questions, some very useful for daily life and interaction with fellow men and society.
You should not expect a dramatic climax, for, the story is told in a very calm and natural way (which I also appreciated very much).

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absolutely fantastic

the book highly refined, wonderfully written, subtle sense of humour, valuable insight of those times, intense without even noticing.
the narrator couldn't have done a better job: exceptional by all means.