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"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)
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.
on the trail
I got through to Chpt. 3, and couldn't go on. The minutia and story were too boring for me.
Considering that I have a reading disorder, the Audible compamy has quenched a great day of time with Audible as my greatest personal fre
This is a novel that commands your attention. Every sentence is a flawless note in a symphony of espionage.
listen to this book when you have time and space to get lost in the world we once lived in.
Everything about this book is so good, it seems the writer must have been there himself, but he couldn't have even been born. The main character is so fascinating, so embattled, but so good at surviving that you will totally identify with him. The narrator does a fantastic job of capturing his interior monologue. I want a sequel!
The way the main character managed to get through terrible events but somehow kept his soul intact.
Deep rich voice, perfect pacing, natural-sounding pronunciation of foreign words, and atmosphere. You never lose the thread.
Maltsayev, Nadia, Marta, Andre -- too many.
I want to listen to it again. First time I've ever had that wish.
I am not sure how I missed Alan Furst's work these past 25 years, but now I am making up for it. Well researched and historically accurate the book "Dark Star" the main character Andre Szara finds himself on the "outs" and then on the "ins" with the NKVD, one of the predecessor's to the USSR's KGB. Tangled up in a political killing that also involves the GRU (military security of the USSR), the Gestapo and French Secret Service. If you enjoyed Le Carre's "George Smiley's Series" you will love it. If you hated the continually perplexing plot line of Le Carre you will HATE The book.
For me it is one of the best literary Spy/World War II ideas that have occurred. Furst is able to conjure up the political intrigue that swirled around the great purge(s) and the ever shifting political alliances within the USSR state services. Here Furst has the right of it- portraying those caught up in the services and trying their best to determine which way the wind is blowing from the Kremlin and trying, desperately, to do their jobs whilst staying on the right side of the faction currently being supported by Uncle Joe.
Well done- and for someone like me, who cannot abide inaccurate details in historical fiction I could find absolutely nothing that did not ring true. Excellent back story and details showing how bomber production could have been estimated through the use of contacts within the Third Reich this is a must read for WWII and Soviet Union buffs.
I think somebody might enjoy it if he/she likes explicit descriptions of female anatomy.
13 minutes in, and he is describing things that have nothing to do with the events of the time. A good story does not need to lower women to objects to be described..
I liked his pronunciation and diction.
Not for me. I will try another of Furst's books that are highly rated though.
OK - I only listened to 13 minutes - so maybe the rest of the book was fine,
A complex but fascinating look at the last years before the full outbreak of WWII. The machinations of the NKVD in Russia and their Nazi opponents. A little difficult to follow at times, but well worth the effort. Brings the period to life in technicolor. If you know someone who lived through this period in Eastern Europe, you will have a much better understanding of what they experienced.
Alan Furst remains in a class of his own. His writing is superb. He consistently delivers engaging historical intrigue that avoids gratuitous emotional traps with a frighteningly realistic plot. He honors his readers with a respect for their intelligence, and a literary style one longs for in the work of those who aren't Alan Furst. The audible performance does justice to a class act in espionage story telling.
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