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 (42)

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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.

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Written by Laura M. on March 27th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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!

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Written by Amy W. on March 10th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

It started off slow, but developed a wonderful rhythm and style. Fabulous narrator and loved the characters, historical backdrop and humor.

Written by Anonymous on October 27th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

My favorite book this year

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Written by Elizabeth R. on September 10th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

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Written by Carla V. on August 28th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

Written by Chris C. on August 22nd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved it! Time well spent and one of the best books I have read in a long time.

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.