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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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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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  • DHR
  • 2021-03-30

Not recommended

I found this book started out great but really ended up all over the map . I did not enjoy this writer or the writes style ..

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So Many Characters

It was hard to care about what happened to some of these characters! Paul was a drug-addled drifter, his sister Vincent was an opportunist, Jonathan was amoral, Leon was a victim, Oscar, Harvey, and Joelle were crooks. Olivia was lucky, Ella was vindictive, and there were tons of others too!! The point of view switched frequently. I didn’t mind when I knew the backstory of the narrator but when it switched to Oscar and other Ponzi scheme enablers, I felt it weakened the story. The story dragged. Then, all sorts of ghosts of dead characters were introduced! If I hadn’t had to read this for a book club, I would not have finished it.

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Great story, sub-par performance

The book is excellent, but there were issues with the performance which distracted from the story. The accents were bad, particularly an attempt at sounding Australian. I think I laughed out loud when I heard that one. The work etcetera is used many time in this novel and every time, the narrator pronounced it "ecetera", which just kills whatever momentum or mood the story had generated. Oh, and nuclear was pronounce "nucular".

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gripping

The second book by this author I have loved. I love that there is similarities between the two of them but that the stories are completely different. If you like stories with lots of parallel and intertwined storylines, you will enjoy this book. If you are Canadian, you will appreciate the imagry and familiarity of the descriptions of our two largest cities. Great characters, great book. Can't wait for the next.

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  • ILY
  • 2021-01-30

Only for the narrator, I would have canned it

This book had lovely words, lovely ideas, but it was too much like a collection of short stories going nowhere. It was a story about ghosts, ones both living and dead. There were so many names to keep track of and so much pointless pieces I wanted to quit before finishing. Was I glad I finished? No.

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Really well written novel, beautifully narrated.

After reading Station 11, I really wanted explore some of the author’s other work. This book was well worth the listen and wove together locations and a story that at times was very close to some of my own history.
It does deal in despair of all the characters in the story, yet draws you in with wonderful prose and contentment with the fates of those characters.

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Beautiful story

It’s a Great book and beautifully crafted story! Highly recommend. Perfect follow up to station eleven.

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best Covid-19 read

definitely not one you can fall asleep to to keep the thread going.
best story and performance reading all year.

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-09-11

Interesting story. Unfortunately, poor performance.

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