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  • Spies of the Balkans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By Daniel Gerroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (96)

    Greece, 1940. Not sunny vacation Greece: northern Greece, Macedonian Greece, Balkan Greece, the city of Salonika. In that ancient port, with its wharves and warehouses, dark lanes and Turkish mansions, brothels and tavernas, a tense political drama is being played out. On the northern border, the Greek army has blocked Mussolini's invasion, pushing his divisions back to Albania, the first defeat suffered by the Nazis, who have conquered most of Europe.

    writerly says: "historical insights, not much suspense/tension"
    "Capturing the moment"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Alan Furst writes a great story that evokes the time and place and Daniel Gerroll provides the perfect voice to tell the tale.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Costa. Hearing a story that conveyed how WWII came to the Balkans -- and why -- through his eyes is a revelation.


    Have you listened to any of Daniel Gerroll’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes -- also an Alan Furst -- Mission to Paris. Both equally as good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Costa's trip back to Paris.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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