One of the more boring books i've listened to yet (member since 2007, ~350 books)! Came across more like diary entries than anything else: First this happened, then this, etc. Not at all compelling and never kept my interest up for a second. As a result, i didn't even finish listening to this book, an action i have taken maybe 4 or 5 times in the past. Also, and advanced apologies to all you George Guidall fans, the reader in no way enhanced the experience. Though GG is not one of my personal favorite readers, i do listen to a book he reads if the story sounds intriguing/interesting. My recommendation is to skip this book altogether...
I tried really hard to finish this book, but I just couldn't. I kept spacing out and wasn't able to follow any of it. The story is very slow and the characters kept changing in a way I couldn't follow, so it became boring. I guess if you had time to listen very carefully you'd be fine, but I couldn't enjoy it. Maybe it would be better in print.
on the trail
I found this story laborious and boring at times. The narrator did a great job with what he had to work with, and his French pronunciations were excellent. There was too much minutiae in this story for me so I can't recommend it as a thriller. It's more of a long, drawn out saga.
I've listened to 5 or 6 of Alan Furst's books and this is the best. Guidall is exceptional as always.
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.
Too many characters to follow I an audio book. If I was reading this book I would have reread many sections to catch up and that would have been okay. Not so with an audiobook. Nice spy world but far too dense for me for a audiobook.
It's "Huckleberry Finn" on the Danube and in WWII. A breathtaking sprawl of a book. This spy/war/history/poetic and sensual book anticipates today's tribal breakdowns in the midst of western human rights expansions. The plot is dense and I had to listen again and again to tease out the thread of continuity, but that let me also te-hear and enjoy the beauty of landscape and cold and conflicting human urges. What a book!