To be fair to this book, I had just finished Woud's "War and Remembrance" and so there are very few books that could even come close to the power. However, my opinion doesn't change when I think of it relative to some other fiction (historical fiction) I've read. It's an OK story. It's well told and it takes place (at least in part) in a part of the world (Bulgaria) with which I am less familiar. But it didn't really grip me. When it ended, I had to listen to the last two chapters again to be sure I hadn't spaced out and missed anything. It's the first Furst novel I've read and I'm not rushing to add others. I do like Guidall in general.
I am a voice over artist with work in tv, film, radio and commercials all over the world.
If the story flowed better. It seemed very jagged. So much time took describing things that the story just didn't move.
George is fantastic
I couldn't even keep track.
The first book (out of about 80) I just couldn't finish.
Consultant, Church Elder, Kiwanian
First Audible product that I have not enjoyed. Also the first I could not finish.
Dry, convoluted, long-winded, inexorbly boring. Over rated at 1 star.
From word 1 you keep waiting for something to happen. Then it does, you either turn it off or fall asleep. The literary equivalent of watching paint dry. Same effect as over-medicating on prozac! That's part 1; never stuck around for parts 2 & 3
I bought this book because another reviewer likened it to a John Le Carre spy novel. It is nothing like Le Carre, the characters are not at all complex the situation is never equivocal. Maybe if I'd been expecting an action story I'd have liked it more but I expected a really smart really human story and I didn't get that at all.
Other people also seemed to really like the narrator and I found him dull and flat.
Soviet car "Pobeda" (victory) was only introduced in 1945, after end of the war, and it's name emphasized victory in WW2, even with all power of NKVD it was impossible to use in 1930sRussian (Orthodox) christmas (even in USSR it wasn't a holiday) is celebrated on January 7th, not in December.
I bought this and a number of other books by Alan Furst when Audible had a sale. What a pleasant surprise. I wish I had bought them all.
I like spy stories. If you like John LaCarre, You will enjoy this.
It is difficult to describe how excellent this book is. It absolutely swept me away to another time and place. And the narration was pure perfection.