Yes. Alan Furst writes a great story that evokes the time and place and Daniel Gerroll provides the perfect voice to tell the tale.
Costa. Hearing a story that conveyed how WWII came to the Balkans -- and why -- through his eyes is a revelation.
Yes -- also an Alan Furst -- Mission to Paris. Both equally as good.
Costa's trip back to Paris.
Alan Furst introduces his readers to World War II, and the run up to it, in places that aren't always thoroughly covered in general history books. Listening, as opposed to reading, to these captures the moment in history. For one thing, Gerroll knows the pronunciation of the names and places! Very helpful.
It was interesting but did not seem to move along as fast as I thought it should. I thought the description of the time was accurate and believable,
A sympathetic protagonist and interesting supporting cast are set against WWII in eastern Europe. On a personal level, it is a fascinating world to visit. Adventure and romance, fight and flight, everyday life, happen as the characters react to and counter fascist Germany's war machine. At the same time the novel gives insight into the politics of the region.
If it was a physical book, it would be one that you'd stay up all night to read. As it is, Daniel Gerroll carries the listener away, and the story is too soon ended.
As you listen to this one, you can practically "hear" the Nazis coming. Character development is exceedingly well done. The "action" is subdued - but completely realistic and believable - as if the writer were actually THERE at the time of the story.
A good story about some good people in a very bad time. Not much has been written about this particular theater of the war, so this book is a good contribution.
This time most of the action is in Greece, an unusual locale for WWII thrillers, which makes it all the more interesting. Furst's intelligent, realistic approach to espionage at its best.
I have read most of his books--some on audible and some "regular" reading. This is his best in a long time. His books are not thrillers in the customary sense. They are more about people caught up in unalterable events out of their control and not of their making and how they deal it with as the situation evolves. If you want more straight mystery thriller type, look elsewhere. This one did have a large element of "how will this all turn out" to it. Elegantly written and the narration went well with the book. Highly reccommended.
I l oved this book - the characters really came alive and helped me understand life in Greece and the Balkans before and early into WWII - the story covered so many of the problems that the war created and Costos and his family and even his dog were very real. The narrator was great. The role of the British and their spies added another dimension as well as the escape line for Berlin's jews.
Audiobooks should consider giving this narrator more titles to read, as he excels at every aspect of interpretation that this wonderful historical novel calls for, including the voices of the many characters and the pronunciation of names, places, and foreign-language phrases.