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A Gentleman in Moscow

Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (127 ratings)
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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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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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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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Beautiful Book

Beautiful book, beautifully told. The characters are so quaint and lovable. It told the Russian story from a completely different perspective, and for the first time ever, I want to go to Moscow.

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What a great story, beautifully told

Loved this book! The story is amazing and unfolds beautifully and cleverly to a wonderful conclusion. Highly recommended. Narrator is perfect.

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Alexander is above and beyond a gentleman -

I have read and listened to A Gentleman in Moscow. I will never tire of this narrative. I have fallen 'hook, line and sinker' for Alexander. The historical background gives us an insight into Russia during tumultuous social and political change. Amor Towles - thank you for this beautiful book.

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Astounding!

What a sumptuous and rewarding experience! Smiles, tears and goose bumps accompanied the journey. Beautifully written and absolutely brilliantly performed.

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Beautiful story

Great listening book I didn’t want it to end. A good insight to life in Russia

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wonderful read

the narrator was marvelous. the story delightful clever and witty. Ivery much really enjoyed this

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An absolute pleasure

This production was faultless. A wonderful narration of an enchanting story. I didn't want it to end.

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wonderful language

It seems a very sanitised version of the Soviet era, dressed up to help us accept events. Main character is charming but story line hard to believe. It is definitely engaging and a long light and easy listening. Much better to hear the names spoken than to rely on my reading of them.

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  • Arlene
  • 14-11-2018

beautiful narration

I loved this book from start to finish. Eloquently narrated and with descriptions that lifted me right into the era and place. I dreaded the end and would have loved it to carry on.

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  • Priya S
  • 18-01-2019

An enchanting tale....beautifully narrated

Lovely narration... and amazing language. The book does not have a definitive plot and at a point of time I started feeling that the book was dragging, but then the accounts in the book keep one entertained and engaged. After having listened to the book, I wish I could visit Hotel Metropol in Moscow sometime, and see for myself how the place matches to the illustration of Towles.

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  • Rupert Mollusc
  • 18-10-2018

Not great...

I succumbed to the hype on this one. After all it was Barack Obama's favourite book of 2017, and he knows great literature, right ? Well, maybe not. Nicholas Guy Smith does a good job with the narration, but he can't overcome the material. Every detail seems contrived, Mr Towles has a poor grasp of idiom, his insights are trite, many of the character interactions seem implausible... I had to stop listening, as eventually the book's effect on me was like nails on a blackboard.

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  • suze
  • 07-12-2018

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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  • Bean
  • 29-11-2018

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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  • Vicuña
  • 04-01-2019

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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  • SteveA
  • 14-02-2019

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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  • 21-12-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-11-2018

It's a small world.

Russia moves through upheaval after upheaval. Death, war and intrigue stalk the streets of Moscow and stops dead at the door of the metropol where it will be forever 1922 and everyone is having a spiffing time with the lovely ageless Count Rostov.

An ode to a lost age. The book skates over the horror of Stalin and WW2, the rise of the police state and the millions starved to death by communism. Characters waltz through the revolving door of the hotel, impart their bit of the plot and move on, some return, some are forgotten and some get a footnote if they're lucky. The only hardship the count appears to endure is a lack of fish stew.

Then it's time to wrap things up and the charming Count has the last laugh.

Bubbly fun but don't expect war or peace

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  • Alex Thompson
  • 19-01-2019

Very enjoyable.

The story is simple but effective and very enjoyable. Very much an easy bedtime listen. The narrator really sells this though. Ignore the very beginning scene where every line has the characters name before speaking, I dreaded it would be that way throughout the book but it's only for those few minutes.

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  • Miss B. March
  • 02-02-2019

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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  • L
  • 14-12-2018

If you like this...

then you'll also like Eva Ibbotson - I was reminded of her style particularly in the latter stages of the book: the early 20th century European setting, the fond relationships and prodigiously talented young people and a good yarn. I found the (English sounding) narrator strangely conflicted between English and American pronunciation, and woefully unprepared for many of the 'foreign' words in the text, and this mangling of terms jarred, particularly when the protagonist is a learned man, fluent in various languages, and whose pronunciation, one assumes, would have been as impeccable as his manners. A bit long, perhaps; many references to the Russian classics so perhaps the author was emulating some of the style ...

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  • Miss Muffet
  • 23-11-2018

Superb

Glad to get this book on Audible. Wonderful story revealing so much about Russian life during the last century.

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