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A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Amor Towles

Narrated By: Nicholas Guy Smith

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: September 2016

Duration: 17 hours 53 minutes


“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 bestselling 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


  • John D

    Rich, enthralling, complex and intriguing we could not stop listening, brilliantly and subtly narrated by Nicholas Guy Smith

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Edwina M

    I didn't love this book as much as many others seem to. I did enjoy the writing style and found the characters fascinating, but the first four-fifths of the book is backstory that would have been much more engaging had it been woven into the "real" story that doesn't begin until the narrative is virtually over. Don't get me wrong--I enjoyed the various vignettes as I was reading them, but I kept wondering when something of substance was going to happen. All in all, I'd say this one illustrates the premise that a book can be less than the sum of its parts. A Gentleman in Moscow would have been twice as enjoyable at half the length.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • ivie avery

    One of the best reads this year. draws you in and out of story. is a book to keep and re-read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Susan M.

    Watching paint dry is more interesting. Couldn’t get through it.

  • Brian B

    The most boring book I have listened to in years. I tried four times to listen and get interested, but I had to give up and move on. Waste of money.

  • Sheryl A

    Absolutely exceptional author. This was a very hard book for me to get through, but I enjoyed the overall storyline.

  • Ranelle M

    It took a while for me to get engaged but once hooked I loved it. The reader was wonderful!

  • John J C

    A captivating story where the plot line is constantly refreshed over the almost 40 years of the tale while keeping key elements and characters steady and true like the foundations of a great building. I look forward to staying at the Metropol and climbing the belfry stairs to the 6th floor.

  • Theresa J

    This book is so hard to describe. It is beautiful and complicated. The characters are rich and interesting and the story weaves in and out of itself. Wonderful.

  • Monique O

    A little slow at first, but I found myself getting engaged, and I really liked it by the time it was over.