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Dark Star Audiobook

Dark Star

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Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed author Alan Furst has written several historical fiction novels. In Dark Star, Andre Szara, a Polish journalist who becomes a spy for the Soviet Union in the late 1930s, is ordered to complete many tasks of espionage in Paris. Through Szara's character, the beginnings of World War II are revealed. George Guidall's gripping narration complements this suspenseful tale.

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What the Critics Say

"Intelligent, provocative, and gripping novel....Beautifully and compellingly told." (Publishers Weekly)
"A rich, deeply moving novel of suspense that is equal parts espionage thriller, European history, and love story." (The New York Times)
"Captures the murky allegiances and moral ambiguity of Europe on the brink of war....Nothing can be like watching Casablanca for the first time. But Furst comes closer than anyone has in years." (Time)

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    Dennis 12-31-13
    Dennis 12-31-13 Listener Since 2004

    Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!

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    "Enigmatic! Indecipherable!"

    I had a great deal of trouble trying to follow the story line! After restarting this "tell" three times it was unquestionable that this book is/was NOT for me. Or my delicate intellect/ psyche!

    However the reader was, as usual, GREAT!

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    Amazon Customer 08-27-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Great reader and intertwine topic"

    Good listen...drug out in spots but great reader.
    I will listen to the sequel. interesting topic.

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    Morton Makler 07-19-16 Member Since 2012
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    "furst is top shelf wonderful "

    he captures the nuance of an historical era with the tension of feeling like you were there with the people who populate this book.

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    Dwight 07-09-16
    Dwight 07-09-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Remarkable insight into preWW2 political tete a tete."

    Fiction...yes, regarding verse; no, regarding chapter... Remarkable, terse, poignant unblinding of pre- WW2 German/Soviet "conspiracy", arguably unacknowledged, between the 2 greatest (at least in body counts in the 20th century) malevolents of all time...From Rapallo to Molotov/Ribbentrop. No way this is less than a perfect 5. So much info for reflection about the power of charismatic individuals to control the masses, and for the rest of us to stand, strongly. I'm hooked... Onto the Polish Soldier.

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    rmh 07-03-16
    rmh 07-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "too complicated for audio (at least for me)?"

    I enjoyed this book. However, the story, the characters, and the embedded history are sufficiently complex that I would have liked to have the written version as a crutch. I needed to go back and reread sections, which is always challenging in the audio format.

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    dr herbert goldfarb 06-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A brilliant account of the lead up to war"

    First writes a superb account of the life and loves of a Jewish Russian journalist ,his striving to stay alive and a very realistic account of the intrigue lading to the second world

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    steven West Hempstead, NY, United States 06-29-16
    steven West Hempstead, NY, United States 06-29-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Someone give me some Caffeine...ZZZZZZzzzzzz"
    What disappointed you about Dark Star?

    Too many characters that have nothing to do with anything. The author over complicated the plot with unnecessary scenarios.


    What three words best describe George Guidall’s performance?

    I love Guidall. He was outstanding in the Mitch Rapp series as well as the Saxon tales. In this book I think he was as board as I was.


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    Greg 06-27-16
    Greg 06-27-16
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    "Couldn't finish it"
    What disappointed you about Dark Star?

    After the first half of the book, I found it a chore to press the play button. I eventually decided my time was more valuable that trying to let this character develop at a glacial pace. I unfortunately purchased the first 2 books of the series but I won't bother with it.


    What could Alan Furst have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have even a modest level of action of the main character.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narration was great. It's part of the reason I selected the title because of the awesome work that George Guidable delivers on every title.


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    horsecrazy New Mexico 06-27-16
    horsecrazy New Mexico 06-27-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Not sure why I listened to the whole book"

    I couldn't follow this story until the end. Not sure if it was the narrator or the story. Probably both.

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    Lou 06-24-16
    Lou 06-24-16
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    "A little slow"

    It was a nice history lesson on the political happenings post WWI and through WWII. The narration was reasonable. The only issue was it seemed to drag on a bit and the story didn't draw me in so I couldn't put it down.

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