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Soon to be a major TV series starring Kenneth Branagh.

The Times Book of the Year 2017
A Sunday Times Book of the Year 2017
A Mail on Sunday Book of the Year 2017
A Daily Express Book of the Year 2017
An Irish Times Book of the Year 2017
One of Barack Obama's Best Books of 2017
Nominated for the 2018 Independent Booksellers Week Award

On 21 June 1922, Count Alexander Rostov - recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt - is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol. 

Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count has been sentenced to house arrest indefinitely. But instead of his usual suite, he must now live in an attic room while Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval. 

Can a life without luxury be the richest of all?

©2017 Amor Towles (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Spoiled by reader

This is a superb book but I wish I had chosen to read it rather than listen as the reader's all too frequent mispronunciations set my teeth on edge.

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Oh dear, I’m going to have to buy the book...

This is a great story, a fascinating setting, well written, with great charming and intriguing characters. I’m really entranced by the book... but I am going to have to give up on this reading because of the extraordinary and highly irritating pronunciation errors. This is read by a man with a classic English accent, but who persists in using American pronunciations - but only for certain words! There are also numerous errors of emphasis, which should have been picked up by the editor. It is slowly driving me mad... so the only way to finish this intriguing book will be to read it to myself. How tiresome!

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Rewarding if you're patient with it.

Really enjoyable and somewhat unusual story of a Russian aristocrat sentenced to house arrest in the Hotel Metropole in Moscow, having narrowly escaped execution after the revolution. However, this book doesn't give its pleasures away easily. It's written with technical precision and sometimes early on seemed like an exercise in lexicography rather than a flowing tale. I'm not sure if I would have had the patience with the regular book, that a few long drives allowed me to get drawn into the audio book. But I'm glad I did. Ultimately though, the characters emerge deeply, and the observations underpin a story which spins well beyond the confines of the Metropole. Narration is precise and a great fit for the style of the book.

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Pretentious boring drivel...

This is one of those books that people will state ‘If you don’t get it, you’re not intelligent enough’. Well, I beg to differ. There’s no story, no conflict and no character arcs. It’s basically a guy having day to day conversations with random people for 15 hours. Nothing happens! 10 minutes of an assembled railway union arguing over wether or not the word ‘facilitate’ should be replaced with ‘enable and insure’ and rambling on about using a hammer, is the kind of typical narrative you’ll find throughout in the absence of story. The performers voice is the same for each character, but that’s ok, as none of the characters are memorable anyway, the annoying little girl aside. Simply the worst book I have ever read. Totally pointless.

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I love this and now I feel bereft

I want this story to go on and on. The characters I've come to know and love loom large in my imagination. They feel so real that I can almost touch them if I reach back in time.
The Metropol hotel and all its cast of characters - all brought to life by the brilliant narration - will stay with me forever. The sounds and smells, the music and food - they are seared in my memory. It feels like the end of a thrilling affair.
Thank you, Amor Towles, for the taking me on this journey.

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Wonderful book, shame about careless pronunciation

Completely agree with all the other reviews. Splendid book - spoiled for me by the absolutely infuriating, liberally peppered mispronunciations of certain names and words. Once might be fine. Two or three times might be forgivable - and maybe I'm just being overly pedantic - but not even being able to pronounce fairly standard words like 'Ermine' or 'Cossack' correctly...

Surely the reader could have done a little research to round off what is otherwise a beautifully read book. End of rant!

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The best book I’ve listened and read in a long time

Cannot recommend this highly enough
I laughed, I cried and I started listening as I was on holiday but it was soooo sooo good that o wanted to read the words as well. So ended up doing both. And I’ll be buying a paper copy as well as I want to give to my mum
Just superb 5*

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A classic

A brilliantly subversive morality tale. Filled with humour,pathos, a cast of colourful characters.

Against a backdrop of the rise of Stalinism, the scope is epic. Complex plot with sublime twists. I have over 500 audiobooks and this is near the top of my top 10 outstanding

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Heartbroken...

... that I’ve finished listening to this wonderful book. My life will be empty without the courteous, witty and charming Count Rostov. What a fabulous way to stride twentieth-century Russian history as it flows in, out and around the Hotel Metropol. The genius of the story is the weaving in of tiny details that eventually coalesce to form a perfect and satisfactory conclusion to a brilliant plot. It’s superbly narrated, each character springing to life with pitch-perfect accents and nuances. A delight of a book.

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A lesson in philosophy

This is one of the most significant books I have read. The last that left me feeling this was was 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' Apart from the gorgeous use of language, the faultless narration and the compelling story line, this was a delicious lesson in philosophy, history, love, loss and manners. What a treat!

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  • 04-11-19

An artfully woven story, beautifully narrated.

The story of a young aristocratic Russian gentleman who is arrested and tried for being an aristocrat and who is banished to a small room in the Attic of the hotel in which he has been living. We meet the staff and visitors to the hotel as he adapts to his new life and learn of the goings on in Russia as the country transitions to communism.
The Count is an honest, fair minded, ethical man who sees the good in people and he turns out to be the luckiest man in Russia.
Narrated in an aristocratic english voice that adds depth and colour to the story.
Lots of period details and nicely developed other characters.
Totally immersing.

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  • 21-10-19

Understated Genius!

The dialogue alone makes this book a masterpiece. But add to that the dramatic historical backdrop, the emotional eloquence of the characters and the author's ability to lift images off the page, and you have a truly memorable epic! What a pity I can never read this for the first time again!

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  • 07-03-21

One of the best audio books I have listened to.

Rich with contents of history and culture, deep and eloquent characters, this books was an absolute delight to listen to. The narration was just as wonderful.

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  • 01-03-21

A real treat.

This is a meaty story, elegantly told, and beautifully presented. I was sorry when it ended and I would no longer share the lives of the Metropol inhabitants. Just the right ending too.

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  • charmaine kendal
  • 26-02-21

Brilliant

Brilliant book very well read. Character changes were excellent. The plotline is very clever and the characters delightfully drawn. Wonderful reflection of the various political movements in Russia

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  • Tom
  • 13-01-21

Greatest book ever written.

Could not stop; amazingly written & brilliantly narrated! Amor Towles’s turn of phrase is unparalleled. Highly recommend this book, particularly if you’re in lockdown.

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  • 08-11-20

my Book of the Year

A superb piece of controlled writing. So clever. So funny. So informative. So together. Superb.

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  • Danny
  • 01-11-20

Exceptional!

I enjoyed this audiobook so much, I am now going to grab a text version and read it from the beginning. This is wonderful writing and storytelling.

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  • CDP
  • 30-09-20

What a wonderful tale. What brilliant narration!

Thank you Amor for the story and bravo to Nicholas for colouring in the picture.

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  • Ericos Georgiades
  • 24-07-20

It's so good, everything else becomes bad

It's so good that once you're finished with it, you might never be satisfied by any other book or audio book again. It's not near perfect, it's way beyond it.