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A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel

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Nicholas Guy Smith

17 Hours 53 Minutes

Penguin Audio

September 2016

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The mega-bestseller with more than 1.5 million readers that is soon to be a major television series

One of five Summer 2019 reading picks by Bill Gates

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

He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to.

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 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.

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  • John D

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

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  • ivie avery

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

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  • 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.

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  • Anonymous

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

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  • Jasmine R.

    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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  • Anonymous

    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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  • Laura M.

    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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  • Amy W.

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

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  • Anonymous

    My favorite book this year

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  • Elizabeth R.

    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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