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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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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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Unputdownable

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

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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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Really funny

A fantastic listen

My first by Amor Towles and I really enjoyed it

Super gripping story

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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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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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Excellent

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

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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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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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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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  • 04-11-21

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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  • 13-05-22

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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  • peter thomas fewell
  • 02-05-22

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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  • Bianca Kringas
  • 07-02-22

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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  • Ray
  • 11-01-22

OUTSTANDING

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

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  • 15-12-21

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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  • 11-11-21

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.