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.
Say something about yourself!
I listened to the first 11 hours of this and never got into it. I kept hoping I could become interested in any one of the characters. Didn't work for me. It put me to sleep.
Since I listen while driving - I couldn't finish this one.
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!