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Not one to be fascinated with war stories, I've become a serious fan of Furst ' s stories about various participants in the espionage involved in WWII Europe. He weaves fascinating tales that draw you into the action, sprinkles just enough factual history to make it real while providing perspective and populates with rich, real characters. Much suspense, wit and masterful dialog make his stories a pleasure to experience. Mr. Gerroll is superb. His delivery and nuanced performance is everything. Hooked after the first book I heard, I purchased every one in the collection that he performs. Bravo!
Having listened to all of the series in order, this book, is like his latest books in the series, starting with The Foreign Correspondent, that have well developed plots and characters, a historical perspective, excitement with some intrigue, and wonderful, sensual sex, (from a woman's perspective, not just a man's). Relationships are important to the development of the storyline as well as the main characters, even with minor characters and with his dog. I have sent these last books to friends because they are so well written and disturbingly relevant today.
George Guidall has narrated most of the Furst novels but this one is an exception. Daniel Gerroll pronounces his words clearly, the most important skill in a narrator, but he just doesn't seem to get in the story. He has an annoying habit of allowing his sentences to fade away at the end. Take this one, for example:
"Forget it, at least for the day. But it didn't forget him."
I don't know whether or not Alan Furst put "it" and "him" in italics, but the intent of the sentence is clearly "But IT didn't forget HIM." Nevertheless, Gerroll's "him" falls off at the end of the sentence. Is he not paying attention to the meaning of what he is reading? Or does his vocal energy simply fade as he moves from the beginning to the end of each sentence? I don't know, but Guidall adds so much meaning, entirely appropriate to the story, to everything he reads. Gerroll doesn't.
George Guidall has narrated hundreds of books. So he is in no way limited to Furst's novels. I don't know how he finds enough time in a lifetime to narrate so many. I just hope he doesn't stop. I would listen to almost anything he reads.
Other reviewers comment on the story, so I'll leave this one, focused on the narrator, at that.
Avid reader & audio book lover.
Yes, we have actually given it as a gift to a friend and recommended it to others. The story is complex and as it unwinds, you get deeper and deeper into the central character, a wonderfully drawn complex man.
The pacing and details give you the feeling you are there while the story unfolds.
The police inspector.
This was a perfect road trip book, we listened to it in long sections while were were driving across the west and the time flew by. The variety of characters and their many motivations kept us guessing what would be next. Once or twice the story took a turn and seemed to jump too far, but in a few minutes we understood where the story was at. Keep listening if you feel lost.
Night Soldiers was entertaining. This book seemed to go on and on. It did not hold my attention and I had to hit the back button on several occasions. I began well but became tedious.
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.