A Gentleman in Moscow

Version: Unabridged
Author: Amor Towles
Narrator: Nicholas Guy Smith
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Literature, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Published In: September 2016
# of Units: 14 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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Overview

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 all ways a great novel, a nonstop pleasure brimming with charm, personal wisdom, and philosophic insight . . .this book more than fulfills the promise of Towles' stylish debut, Rules of Civility." Kirkus Reviews(starred)
With his breakout debut novel, Rules of Civility, Amor Towles established himself as a master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction, bringing late 1930s Manhattan to life with splendid atmosphere and a flawless command of style. Readers and critics were enchanted; as NPR commented, Towles writes with grace and verve about the mores and manners of a society on the cusp of radical change.

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count 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 a doorway 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.

Reviews (48)

Written by Beverly T. on April 21st, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

An absolutely beautiful book.

Written by Cintia T. on March 18th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is such a beautifully written feel-good book! The authors prose is amazing, the humor is well thought out and witty, the characters lovable and so easy to get attached to, and the overall message is very carefully constructed. Would 100% recommend to everyone!

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Written by J R. on March 13th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Interesting time in history, made more interesting by the author and reader. What could be boring & monotonous (years-long stay in a hotel) flies by with an interesting story with lots of twists & turns, fascinating characters, and a great reader.

Written by Anonymous on March 8th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent book. Hard to believe it was written by a non-Russian author. It captures nuances of the Russian historic events from the beginning to mid 20 century so well. Beautiful language, exquisite story of survival, and of unexpected personal ties and relationships.

Written by Michael G. on February 19th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved it! So subtle and genteel.

Written by Anonymous on January 29th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 3/5

For a book lacking any sort of engaging plot line, this story (or lack thereof) is surprisingly enjoyable. But this essential element to any good novel is missing, leaving all the focus on writing style and the rich description which the author so abundantly provides. I like these stylistic elaborations, the unrepentant detail of the narration, and the continual musings of the Count, but a book with no direction, no plot, is pretty much unsalvageable. Still, it's good to read something different, just for a change.

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Written by Anonymous on October 15th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I enjoyed the book very much and the narration was wonderful. I loved hearing about the rich Russian history and the relationships formed in unusual circumstances.

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Written by Anonymous on September 12th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved the way the author uses language with beautiful and descriptive imagery.

Written by Jasmine R. on July 22nd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Was not as enthralled and impressed as so many others it seems. It was a great story with fascinating characters but was dull in parts and didn’t really grasp me as the reader.

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Written by Anonymous on July 14th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Amazing and enjoyable book. I had known Russia sent many to labor camps, Siberia, et al, but I had never conceived of house arrest! What an unusual way of punishing someone who had really not done anything against the state. I loved the ways he found to adapt to such a limited life style and I loved the way so many stepped up quietly to make his life better. This book is also rather frightening in light of the radicals who only want to destroy our country, not because of any real concern for the people, this is to further their quest for power and only they will benefit! Well written and narrated - I actually did the print and audio version.

Author Details

Author Details

Towles, Amor

Amor Towles was born and raised just outside Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Yale University and received an MA in English from Stanford University, where he was a Scowcroft Fellow. After working more than twenty years as an investment professional, Towles now writes full time. He is also the author of the novella Eve in Hollywood, available as an e-book. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.