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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for The Scotiabank Giller Prize

A Time Magazine Must Read Book of 2020

A Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of the Year

Number One National Best Seller

New York Times Best Seller

From the award-winning author of Station Eleven, a captivating novel of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts, and moral compromise in which a woman disappears from a container ship off the coast of Mauritania and a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, dragging countless fortunes with it.

Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star glass-and-cedar palace on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. New York financier Jonathan Alkaitis owns the hotel. When he passes Vincent his card with a tip, it’s the beginning of their life together. That same day, a hooded figure scrawls a note on the windowed wall of the hotel: “Why don’t you swallow broken glass.” Leon Prevant, a shipping executive for a company called Neptune-Avramidis, sees the note from the hotel bar and is shaken to his core. Thirteen years later, Vincent mysteriously disappears from the deck of a Neptune-Avramidis ship.

Weaving together the lives of these characters, The Glass Hotel moves between the ship, the skyscrapers of Manhattan, and the wilderness of remote British Columbia, painting a breathtaking picture of greed and guilt, fantasy and delusion, art and the ghosts of our pasts. 

©2020 Emily St. John Mandel (P)2020 HarperAudio

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narrator not the best

it was hard to keep the characters straight as the narrators voice was monotone most of the time.

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least favorite ST John novel

sorry Emily, this is my least favorite of your books. I didnt care about the characters. the book was actually boring and had no direction. usually I'm fine with books that ramble in places but this was just not entertaining. the narrator sounded whiny.
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Outstanding Narration and Beautiful Ending

Dylan Moore's narration made the listen at once compelling and relaxing. it was perfect for this story. Now that it has ended I still want her in my ears. The novel was intriguing, transported me effectively to many captivating settings and ends beautifully. Overall, this recording is a fine work of art.

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character switcheroo

Like Station 11, author pulls a switcheroo where the characters in first half of book are not main characters in second half. Didn't care much about them. Author should tighten it up, focus on main arc.

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Good but not Great (Well Narrated)

I was hoping for another Station 11 but this one falls well short.

It lacks the mystery and compelling storyline that Station 11 had.
The drama was well written and I connected with the character but the storyline left me asking the question so what?

The narration is well done. The distinction between characters is achieved through subtle changes in the narrator’s voice. A few of the accents were a bit off but not enough to take away from the plot.

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I was a big fan of Station Eleven by this same author but this story is not nearly as engaging. Nonetheless, I did listen all the way through.
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Couldn't get past the narrator's voices. Moore makes everyone sound like they're from L.A. not rural Canada.

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Page turner!

I loved how the writer took you through the pages of the lives of the story and held your interest from Page 1 to Page End.
Marvelous.

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I live ESJM's writing but this one did not involve subjects or characters of interest.

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A tale of ordinary extraordinary

An account of some ordinary people and their intertwined lives and the lives they lived. At times I couldn’t keep up and at other times I was right there along side them. Good narration.

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  • heather
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Nothing Happens

I stuck with this because it was recommended to me, but I have no idea what I just listened to. way too many different characters and too much jumping around in time, between different people and even someone's imagination. I have no idea what this book was supposed to be about. I couldn't even name more than 3 or 4 of the main characters. I want those hours of my life back.

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  • Virginia A Reimer
  • 2021-01-02

Probably a better read than audiobook

There are a lot of characters and it jumps around in time a lot. I prefer more sequentiality told stories and found this one hard to follow. The topic of ponzi schemes was hard to relate to. I think the author is trying to say a lot in this book. To much. It will only be memorable in that it was so difficult to stick with and so completely disappointing in its ending. Overall a pretty depressing story.

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  • Tom
  • 2020-11-14

Close to the perfect book....

I started listening to Emily St. John Mandel's novels because of Station 11. I'm now finished four of her novels; this one is close to perfect. She is the master of multiple timelines and character narratives. I'm so glad I came across her work...so, so good!

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  • 2020-09-11

Interesting story. Unfortunately, poor performance.

The accents were truly terrible. The French Canadian sounded Russian, etc. Still, a good book.