|# of Units:||14 CDs|
|Length:||16 hours, 39 minutes|
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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.
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.
Loved the way the author uses language with beautiful and descriptive imagery.
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.
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.
I LOVED this book! I usually read hard copies of books and rarely listen because the audio does not hold my attention, but this narrator was absolutely wonderful and the story was so interesting. Though the book was quite long, I felt like the writing was strong throughout, and the story was full of interesting plot twists, exquisite details, lovable characters, and--frankly--lots of wisdom for everyday life. And I learned so much about Russian history. If you don't mind the length, I can't recommend this book highly enough!
It started off slow, but developed a wonderful rhythm and style. Fabulous narrator and loved the characters, historical backdrop and humor.
My favorite book this year
I enjoyed this book so much that I listened to it twice to make sure I hadn't missed anything. It has a quiet, gentle humour that I loved. I always appreciate character driven novels and this was no exception. Also, the narrator was so good he should be given some kind of award. I listen to a lot of audio books and Nicholas Guy Smith is by far the best I've had the pleasure to hear.
Absolutely loved this story. It was nothing like I expected but oh so much more! The Count was everything. He was oh so serious and proper but able to lower himself to engage with a child. Surely, the best of friends and something today's world is lacking in.
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.