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A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Amor Towles

Narrated By: Nicholas Guy Smith

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: September 2016

Duration: 17 hours 53 minutes


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.

The mega-bestseller with more than 2 million readers, soon to be a major television series

'The novel buzzes with the energy of numerous adventures, love affairs, [and] twists of fate.' —The Wall Street Journal

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and 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 entry 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.


  • John D

    Rich, enthralling, complex and intriguing we could not stop listening, brilliantly and subtly narrated by Nicholas Guy Smith

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

  • ivie avery

    One of the best reads this year. draws you in and out of story. is a book to keep and re-read.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    My favorite book this year

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Calvin Flowers

    Good story, charismatic characters, but somehow the story line felt incomplete or vacant at times, and left me wondering the possibilities.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Edwina M

    I didn't love this book as much as many others seem to. I did enjoy the writing style and found the characters fascinating, but the first four-fifths of the book is backstory that would have been much more engaging had it been woven into the "real" story that doesn't begin until the narrative is virtually over. Don't get me wrong--I enjoyed the various vignettes as I was reading them, but I kept wondering when something of substance was going to happen. All in all, I'd say this one illustrates the premise that a book can be less than the sum of its parts. A Gentleman in Moscow would have been twice as enjoyable at half the length.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Cintia T.

    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!

  • J R.

    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.

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Michael G.

    Loved it! So subtle and genteel.

  • Anonymous

    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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