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The Glass Hotel

Narrated by: Dylan Moore
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
3.8 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Glass Hotel begins at the end, with a fall: a woman plummeting from the deck of a cargo ship, her body quickly swallowed by the sea. It is a death that happens between continents, outside of jurisdictions: a death that will likely go unremarked and unsolved. 

Years earlier a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, taking with it the finances, hopes, and lives, of hundreds of people. 

The Glass Hotel is a novel about the interconnected lives tangled up in two very different tragedies. It is a book about love and guilt, greed and the need to survive, and it is a book populated by ghosts - these people are haunted by the different lives they might have lived, and by those they wish they'd never lost.

©2020 Emily St. John Mandel (P)2020 Macmillan Digital Audio

Critic Reviews

"Dylan Moore's cool, smooth narration carries listeners through this story of deception, betrayal, and the cost of guilt. Jonathan Alkaitis constructed the Ponzi scheme of the century, and the novel centers around the myriad ramifications of its collapse. Throughout the audiobook listeners are dropped into the minds of those who were drawn into his web as investors or as co-conspirators. Many are haunted, quite literally, by those impacted by their actions. This is a novel that drifts from one point of view to another, and Moore guides listeners through subtle shifts in tone and accent." (AudioFile, April 2020)

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Boring

I tried I promise I tried. But I got so confused who was who and then didn’t care. Just wanted them all to eat glass.

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I recommend, worth a read/listen

I found the book captured my attention and flowed nicely. The storyline was interesting, although a few times I struggled to place old characters. I’m unsure what emotion it evoked in me and I’m left with a feeling of contemplation. The book was enjoyable and I’m intriguing in the author enough to want to try her other works.

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Far from her greatest work

When will we get to read anything as memorable as the brilliant Station Eleven? It seems everything else St John Mandel writes falls short.

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Pointless

Pointless. So annoyed I bothered listening all the way to the in the hopes that something would happen.

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  • Erna
  • 15-05-2020

Masterful

I absolutely loved this. Beautiful prose, complex and memorable characters, a gripping plot. A highly original structure that doesn’t not detract from the joy of immersing yourself in the story. The only very small downside was that the performer’s Australian / Scottish / Newcastle accents were frankly absurd, but luckily those are very minor characters! Overall, the voice was lovely to listen to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-05-2020

Great Story but I wish the narrator didn’t attempt accents

I loved this story, the writing was cohesive and intriguing and the the story was really gripping HOWEVER I wish that I’d read it with my own eyes instead of my ears as I found the narrators voice very grating and unemotional and she tried some bizarre accents such as québécois and Newcastle.. I found it hard to listen to such bad accents and it really spoiled the integrity of the book for me because it was comically like Dick Van Dyke awful.

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  • Bookishly Bespectacled 📚🌿
  • 10-05-2020

Intriguing but eventually underwhelming

From the cover blurb, this isn’t the sort of book I would normally read but I was intrigued as a result of the author’s previous novel - Station Eleven - which I enjoyed for its simplicity and prescience. I was immediately drawn into The Glass Hotel - the simple yet elegant style of writing and intriguing central character: a young woman named Vincent, a social misfit albeit a beautiful one who tries to minimise risk in her life but ends up inadvertently at the central of it. However, I found the first half of the novel more engaging than the second as it moved away from Vincent and towards her much older husband who is the architect of a Ponzi scheme, a shipping merchant, and Vincent’s drug addict brother. I found these characters to be much less interesting, pathetic sorry-for-themselves types. This shift in focus had the effect of disengaging me from the story overall and no longer interested in Vincent’s fate.

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  • JONATHAN MCKENZIE
  • 30-07-2020

Great book - couldn't stop listening

A great story, beautifully written. The references to shipping and the imagining of a terrible flu made me wonder if the characters in this book exist in the same universe as those in Station 11?????

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-07-2020

ZIG ZAG STORY WITH PLENTY OF CONTENT.....YET

A story covering many topics and proceeding down quite a few avenues with all stories coming to a rather pointless end. nothing gained I expected more catharsis toward the end but just more twist and turn writing. I had to double back many a time because the timeline was obscure. all in all not a bad story. JRVP recommendation..

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  • papapownall
  • 06-07-2020

Ethereal and dreamy depiction of a ponzi fraud

I picked this book at random knowing nothing about it or the author and I am glad that I did. I never thought I would use the words dreamy and ethereal to describe a book that is about financial fraud but these are the first words that sprang to mind when I was listening. It is all a bit of an enigma how the various characters in this story fit together and it is best not to think about it too much and let it all wash over you as it all become apparent in the end. And it is really satisfying when it does. We hear about inexplicable riches and wealth inside the bubble of the lifestyle reserved for business magnates and moguls and the inevitable crash when it all comes tumbling down. Riches and luxury can be surreal to those who experience this type of life for the first time (not that I would know) and we hear Vincent ruminate on her unlikely life as if she is in a trance for much of the book. Thankfully not much time is wasted explaining how Ponzi schemes work and how they are found out but there is enough here to give the reader / listener the gist of how those involved get away with it. Emily St. John Mandel is clearly a talented writer and I really enjoyed this. I will now seek out some of her earlier works, including the well reviewed Station Eleven.

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  • Dexlovesol
  • 16-05-2020

Intriguing and Poignant - recommended

This book is hard to categorise. It’s best approached with an open mind. It’s beautifully written and the story is well crafted. I was caught up in the characters and events all the way and didn’t want to leave the world created. I’ve enjoyed all of the author’s books. This is not like Station Eleven - which is for me still her best novel - but it is well worth listening to or reading. There is sadness and disappointment at its core with the recurring theme of a wistful longing for what might have been in an alternate scenario, but it’s not a depressing book by any means. The narrator is excellent and tells the story well, evoking the different characters convincingly.