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Hotel

By: Arthur Hailey
Narrated by: Chris Abernathy
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Summary

The number-one New York Times best-selling author of Airport reveals the inner workings of a New Orleans hotel - and the human drama unfolding behind its closed doors.

During five sultry days, the lives of the guests, the management, and the workers at New Orleans's largest and most elite hotel converge. The owner has four days to raise the money to save his financially ailing property. The general manager, once blacklisted from the hospitality business, struggles with one crisis after another. A rebellious heiress will do anything to attain her secret desires. The duke and the duchess in the lavish presidential suite are covering up a crime. And within one of the many guest rooms hides a professional thief. 

Filled with memorable characters and authentic detail about the inner machinery and secrets of a five-star hotel, this gripping New York Times best seller sold millions of copies and was adapted for both film and TV. Set in a time when travel was still glamorous and grand independent hotels set the standard for luxury, it's like a vacation in itself, from the author of such behind-the-scenes blockbusters as The Moneychangers and Wheels.

©1965, 2000 Arthur Hailey (P)2020 Tantor

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Hotel

Top story with an excellent narrator.
Really pleased to see all the Hailey books are available on Audible and am planning to download the rest.

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Great story shame about the audio

a great story, seriously let down by a narrator who sounded like he should be a race horse commentator! Every sentence, inflection or nuance of writing was delivered with the same tones, notes and long before the end of the book was quite annoying. This book deserved a narrator with a greater range of voice, better understanding of pronunciations and dialects, and someone who sounded interested when reading!! one of my favourite books has NOT been spoiled, but it could be for someone experiencing it for the first time.

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Very Enjoyable!

This book is ‘of its time’ and touches on segregation and there is some (very little) offensive language used at the time. I enjoyed all the characters and will no doubt listen again.
Excellent narration.

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  • Kate
  • 13-01-22

An old favorite

I’ve been waiting for this book to come to Audible for years and was so excited to see it offered. The story still holds up, even all these years later, and the multiple subplots that somehow weave together are complex and fascinating to watch coalesce.

I feel that Hotel (basic plot discussed in other reviews) is Arthur Hailey’s masterpiece. As much as I enjoy Airport, I find this one superior.

My only downer about this book was the narrator. He was adequate, but monotone and I only because I know the plots and characters could I tell who was talking sometimes.

All in all, definitely worth listening to - and don’t judge by the twenty-first century!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-07-22

Hotel

The story was great but holy smokes, the narrator was horrible! His monotone voice made me cringe!

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  • Susan Walker
  • 13-04-20

Awesome!

I read this book when it originally came out. I loved it then, and after reading it again recently, I still love it. I think it holds up very well. The only things that are different now (and the author mentions these things in a foreward) is that African-Americans are called negroes; and there's a lot of smoking cigarettes going on. Otherwise, it reads as if it could have been written this year.

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  • Grigoria
  • 18-05-22

what am I missing?

I don't get the point of this story at all. I waited patiently until the end of the book but it was never made clear to me.
I didn't find it entertaining either.
I Googled several summaries to see what I missed. Nope, that didn't help.
I'm not clear as to why this is a best seller. I can't say that I learned anything or was on the edge of my seat.
I just don't get it.. i kept waiting for the aha moment but it never came.
The last resort would be to watch the movie but I'm not holding my breath.

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  • Margaret
  • 14-11-21

50 years old, but still holds up

This is a novel written in 1965 about the running of, and the people working and staying in, a hotel. It is interesting to see what's changed since 1965 - at least one subplot involving keys would be impossible today, lol - and also how much has remained the same. The narrator was adequate but I'm not convinced he was the absolute best man available for the job. Overall enjoyable, recommend

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  • Joe K. Golding
  • 21-10-20

Great story and so much fun to learn about hotels

We really enjoyed this book! And it was very interesting to learn about elegant hotels.

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  • JULIA
  • 23-04-20

Wonderful.

Another terrific reading of one of my most favorite books. Great narration, excellent recording job ... a well-done rendition!

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  • Matt
  • 19-04-20

Hotel by Arthur Hailey

Great book, very entertaining,

Arthur Hailey is a master in the Arts of keeping on top of his multiple plot lines, "massaging" them into cohesiveness, and leading all of the strands to a satisfying and happy ending.

I enjoyed the book a lot, but I did not care much about the narrator.

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  • Rick
  • 07-09-21

As great now as when I first read it!

Great book and narration. Glad Audible now has many of Arthur Hailey's books available for listening.

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  • QUEEN B
  • 29-11-22

Outstanding

I am abashed to admit this was the first Arthur’s Hailey novel I have read. I can say it will not be the last. This book was wonderful and delightfully written. Thank you Mr. Hailey.