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The Glass Hotel

Narrated by: Dylan Moore
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
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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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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Bookish 📚🌿
  • 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.