I loved Alan Furst and bought this book only because it was new and had has name on it. I'm afraid I won't buy another book by Furst until it's been vetted by others.
Furst wrote great novels about peasants and espionage. Now he likes to tell stories about snobs and espionage. I'm just not into that.
Yes, George Guidall. But this book was so poorly written I'm not sure his masterful narration would have made a difference.
I can't answer that question.
Nope, that says it all.
I am actually commenting on two books, Mission to Paris and Spies of the Balkans, because my comments are essentially identical. I read quite a few Furst novels over a few years. Then they started feeling a bit stale, so I set them aside. Recently, I tried the two mentioned here. I got through Spies with effort, but had to stop reading Mission. Mr Furst has settled into so much of a pattern that it's impossible to stay interested. Some aspect of European confict in or around WWII. A suave, sophisticated, male European protagonist. A succession of sexually available women. The characters, taken individually, lack real emotional resonance and depth. And taken together they are very much from the same few cookie cutters. Too bad. His first two or three Midnight Soldier novels promised more.
This is one of Furst's best yarns. Set in pre-occupation Paris, the story follows the adventures of a Viennese-born American B-List actor trying not to become entangled in pre-World War II politics while shooting a French Foreign Legion film in France. But entangled he gets. Furst skillfully creates tailor-made period characters who easily step into his stories. Mission to Paris, whether read or heard, is fun.
Furst's books are fabulous. This is no exception.
The fear and the uncertainty of 1939 France, Germany, and Hungary come through very well.
I loved this. And I really liked Frederic. Narration was perfect.
I'm so glad I have one (now two) more in this series.
I walk while I listen. I was always looking forward to my next walk so I could hear what was happening next. It is a very interesting story set in the time when I was a young girl. The narration is very well done with different tones and cadences by the different characters. I enjoyed it very much
Live near Yosemite National Park. Listen to Audible books while hiking.
Alan Furst is a first rate novelist of spying before and during the Second World War. This work portrays Paris and Berlin in ways that give the reader an accurate feel for what was happening then. Hard to know how this work could be improved. Well worth the price.
This book has very little story to it. In fact, it really does not get started until almost halfway through.
descriptions of paris. And. Military. Berlin
The measuring of costume/ breakfast of croissant /coffee
Yes but kept fo metro rides ...altho I did finish at home
Of course Nazi's are evil, but who else is, and running away from them makes this an intriguing story. The narrator was very good and did the male and female parts well. I am glad they used only one narrator because books that use several can be distracting. I would read other books by this author if he changed topics--in the Audible listings it looks like his subject is similar but takes place in other countries. .