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The Glass Hotel

A Novel
Sprecher: Dylan Moore
Spieldauer: 10 Std. und 28 Min.
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"The Glass Hotel may be the perfect novel for your survival bunker." (Ron Charles, The Washington Post)

A New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Bustle, BuzzFeed, GoodReads, Houston Chronicle, Writer's Digest, Medium, Washington Independent Review of Books, The Millions, Boston Globe, USA Today, and Woman's Day Most Anticipated Book of 2020

From the award-winning author of Station Eleven, an exhilarating novel set at the glittering intersection of two seemingly disparate events - a massive Ponzi scheme collapse and the mysterious disappearance of a woman from a ship at sea.

Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star lodging on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. On the night she meets Jonathan Alkaitis, a hooded figure scrawls a message on the lobby's glass wall: "Why don't you swallow broken glass." High above Manhattan, a greater crime is committed: Alkaitis is running an international Ponzi scheme, moving imaginary sums of money through clients' accounts. When the financial empire collapses, it obliterates countless fortunes and devastates lives. Vincent, who had been posing as Jonathan's wife, walks away into the night. Years later, a victim of the fraud is hired to investigate a strange occurrence: A woman has seemingly vanished from the deck of a container ship between ports of call.

In this captivating story of crisis and survival, Emily St. John Mandel takes listeners through often hidden landscapes: campgrounds for the near-homeless, underground electronica clubs, the business of international shipping, service in luxury hotels, and life in a federal prison. Rife with unexpected beauty, The Glass Hotel is a captivating portrait of greed and guilt, love and delusion, ghosts and unintended consequences, and the infinite ways we search for meaning in our lives.

©2020 Emily St. John Mandel (P)2020 Random House Audio

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"Long-anticipated... At its heart, this is a ghost story in which every boundary is blurred, from the moral to the physical.... In luminous prose, Mandel shows how easy it is to become caught in a web of unintended consequences and how disastrous it can be when such fragile bonds shatter under pressure. A strange, subtle, and haunting novel." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

"Another tale of wanderers whose fates are interconnected...nail-biting tension...Mandel weaves an intricate spider web of a story.... A gorgeously rendered tragedy." (Booklist, starred review)

"Mandel’s wonderful novel (after Station Eleven) follows a brother and sister as they navigate heartache, loneliness, wealth, corruption, drugs, ghosts, and guilt.... This ingenious, enthralling novel probes the tenuous yet unbreakable bonds between people and the lasting effects of momentary carelessness." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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Habe das Audiobuch von "The Glass Hotel" sehr genossen, außer, dass die Leserin leider ein ganz bisschen zu sehr "on the edge" ist für meinen Geschmack. Konnte nicht gut "entspannen" beim Lesen sondern war immer sehr bewusst, dass mir da jemand gerade vorliest. (Lassen Sie sich nicht "Station Eleven", gelesen von Kirsten Potter, entgehen: Ein Schmaus für Kopf und Ohren, Frau Potter ist eine wahre Stimmkünstlerin) Zu "The Glass Hotel" - die Geschichte ist, ähnlich wie Station Eleven, in verschiedenen zeitlichen Ebenen konstruiert, und nach und nach wird das Puzzle zusammengestellt. Sehr erfüllend, wie alles zusammen kommt. Die Sprache von Mandel, hervorragend.

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About integrity and passing the Kingdom of Money

GRR Martin alredy recommended this book judging it hard to tell what it is about. The author follows a number of people whose lives intersect at a five star hotel in the wilderness. But this is just a meaningful crossroads in an intricate tale spanning several decades, half a dozen protagonists, a billion dollar crime leaving a trail of disaster in its wake, and people struggling for survival, for identity, for dignity and for purpose. One question that connects everything is "what are you willing to do for success"? And while St John Mandel does not refrain from judging she never gives simple answers. A joy to read - meaningful and deeply impressive.