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The best-selling author of A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility and master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction returns with a stylish and propulsive novel set in 1950s America.

In June, 1954, 18-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm where he has just served 15 months for involuntary manslaughter. His mother long gone, his father recently deceased and the family farm foreclosed upon by the bank, Emmett's intention is to pick up his eight-year-old brother, Billy, and head to California where they can start their lives anew. But when the warden drives away, Emmett discovers that two friends from the work farm have hidden themselves in the trunk of the warden's car. Together, they have hatched an altogether different plan for Emmett's future, one that will take them all on a fateful journey in the opposite direction - to the city of New York.

Spanning just 10 days and told from multiple points of view, Towles' third novel will satisfy fans of his multi-layered literary styling while providing them an array of new and richly imagined settings, characters and themes.

©2021 Amor Towles (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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A new American classic

Just came to the end of The Lincoln Highway and I did not want to switch off the Studebaker engine. Wanted the highway to roll on forever with all those detours and doublebacks and pitstops and cliffhangers. Echoes of Huckleberry Finn and, of course, the Odyssey and William Faulkner, Steinbeck, Kerouac and even Ken Kesey. It was a fabulous ride. What a craftsman is Amor Towles? Such story-telling, suspense, taxonomy. Already a fan of A Gentleman in Moscow I began this journey, confidently with him as my guide. He did not disappoint. Bloody loved it!
Read beautifully by all 3 narrators.

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Amor Towles

I am an avid reader, however the style of writing by Amor Towles has set the bar very high indeed!
Brilliant story, beautifully narrated and a book to treasure.
The Gentleman from Moscow was my first delight with this author and this book confirms what an incredible talent Mr Towles has.
Highly recommended, 5 stars all the way!

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Read in reverse

I read A Gentleman in Moscow first. |As a first time listener of audible I found it riveting. The Lincoln Highway next I found the final chapter of the book dissappointing. I hope that there will be a sequal to this story.

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Just beautiful all round

Great flawed characters, quiet, dry humour with twists and turns all the way. Personally I thought Sally was magic.

A truly gifted writer and worthy narrators to do the story justice.

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OUTSTANDING

I urge you to spend your credit. It is a magical morality tale. Excellent! BRAVO!

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A rich story

I enjoyed the story being told by four characters, each with their own personalities, histories and agendas interwoven into a rich entertaining and yet heartbreaking amercian roadtrip.

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Just loved this story

A total delight to listen to. Loved the story and each character. The narration was excellent in every way. Sorry it came to an end I could carry on listening.

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  • Diana
  • 02-24-22

Brilliant!

As usual Amor Towles does not disappoint! Very clever story line, beautifully written. Perfectly read by all concerned bringing the characters to life. I feel so many authors could learn from Mr Towles style of writing…. It’s not the quantity of words used but the quality that makes a book a good read.

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  • Anna Edgar
  • 12-27-21

Unputdownable

A truly unusual book, so clever, such detail and characterisation, believable all the way through

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  • Vivien
  • 11-16-21

A slow burner but becomes a wee classic.

I loved Towles' earlier books - especially The Gentleman in Moscow, so downloaded this as soon as possible. However, at first I was very disappointed - it seemed slow and repetitive and a "boys own road trip" but the reader was so good and the language so beautiful, I was soon sucked in. The characters are so rich and we move along through their individual stories of the same event. I will buy the paperback when it comes out and enjoy the journey once more.

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  • Eamon
  • 02-26-22

Really funny

A fantastic listen

My first by Amor Towles and I really enjoyed it

Super gripping story

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  • SEANA Mallen
  • 02-06-22

absolutely brilliant

I really liked rules of civility, and absolutely loved the gentleman of Moscow.
And this newest Amor Towles work doesn’t disappoint.
once again he weaves a compelling story involving multifaceted characters, Some of whom you wish were your best friends.
I just finished listening to it, and I’m want to start over again immediately!
The narration by three different performers, was superb.
If you have not listened to this book, you have treats in store.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-22

overlong. not a good as gentleman in Moscow

overlong. struggle to finish. could have been significantly shorter while sticking to same theme.

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  • longy
  • 06-05-22

Excellent

Fantastic story , almost believable. Narrated well. No hesitation in recommending this book. Take the plunge

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  • eamon hartnett
  • 06-03-22

A fantastic story

A terrific story! One of the nicest tales I've heard. Extremely well written and some lovely turns of phrase thrown in to add to the brilliant plot and great characters. I really enjoyed this book and its 5 stars from me!

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  • Richard C Brown
  • 05-23-22

Another Classic

Another big. heavyweight story from Amor Towles. Characters with real depth, evocative descriptions of people and places and story with real heart. Like 'A Gentleman in Moscow' this felt like a classic and was a pleasure to listen to. One character talks in the first person, the others in the third person. The multiple narrators tell the story very well, feels more like a radio play.

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  • NH Stevens
  • 05-22-22

Magnificent writing, a story of love and retribution with its many facets

Amor Towles has written another extraordinary tale with a cast of memorable characters representing the smart and the super-smart; the good and the bad; the shady and the honest; young and old; a story with a goal that seems to be unreachable but told with references to classical mythology, social history, art and music- a huge scope carried off with sensitivity, mirth, irony and great affection. I really didn't want the story to end.

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  • Elise Mac
  • 12-22-21

Mixed feelings about this book

I thoroughly enjoyed the 1st half of this book and the ending. The author has this knack of immediately transporting you back to a place and time, great characters, some to love and some to hate, engaging plot (and even exciting at times), but…. The story fell apart a little with the plot taking a weird turn that was’t really convincing. Apart from that, I love this author and was glad to have experienced this book.

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  • Jill
  • 11-22-21

Enthralling and compulsive reading

A most unusual and entertaining story. Finished it in two days. The narrator is excellent. Loved it!!

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  • DixieChick
  • 11-18-21

A monumental read

Loved this book and performances, and especially loved the gorgeously hewn characters and their moxie. And the self reliance and resilience of kids who were hard-done by their parents.
Highly recommended.

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  • Jon
  • 10-30-21

Goes nowhere

Amor Towles has some great paragraphs, sentences and ideas. Very pleasant. It takes deep concentration not to miss any thoughts, but the story goes nowhere fast. I’m well into it, I like the characters, but have no idea what they’re planning. Maybe another day.

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  • Maggie aird
  • 06-19-22

loved it...

Loved this book...enjoyed every moment of it and loved each of his stories! And the narrator was excellent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-22

Great story. Great narration.

Well performed with interesting characters. I loved the historical setting and how each character was definitely fitting of the era. I work at a university and imagine that my thoughts will go “ABC…Phd…LMNOP” quite often in the future. 😃

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  • melanie
  • 05-23-22

Roller coaster of a ride

Absolutely loved this book. You are on the edge of your seat the whole way. The ending as ever with Mr Towles is a complete surprise.

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  • Jillsiegirl
  • 04-29-22

This is about the journey, not the destination

This book is a delight. Its ensemble of gorgeously detailed, sometimes flawed characters take you on a circuitous journey that is filled with wonder. I am in awe of Amor Towles’ talent. His use of beautiful language and elegant turns of phrase are a joy to read and read again. What a marvel!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-22

Amor Towles channels John Steinbeck

A great road story where we slowly but surely engage with each character to reveal the choices they make and the consequences of those decisions.
l liked that the author chose to tell the story from the perspectives of each of the protagonists , sometimes in first person and sometimes not.
lt often felt like Amor Towles was channelling John Steinbeck in that the characters are on the fringe of society often finding themselves having to make tough decisions due to poor luck or bad choices.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-22-22

nice long yarn

thought provoking in an easy way, good reading voices - loved it, was sorry it ended!