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Dark Star | [Alan Furst]

Dark Star

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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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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    Henry Sugar Land, TX, United States 08-28-09
    Henry Sugar Land, TX, United States 08-28-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Loved it!"

    I love this genre and this book truly satisfied my historical curiosity with a great story to boot. I cannot wait for more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    F. Webster 03-03-09
    F. Webster 03-03-09 Listener Since 2006
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    "Wish I hadn't spent the credit..."

    I generally like Alan Furst, but I found Dark Star unfinishable. Too dark, too drawn-out. Furst's characters are a mixed bag, but the main character of Dark Star is so unsympathetic and self-absorbed that I found myself hoping the Stalin hooligans would cart him away already...but they wouldn't oblige, so I just gave up half-way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Schulz-jander 08-05-08 Member Since 2004
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    "going nowhere"

    well read book, but the story of Sharia through wartime Germany/Europe feels like the wave at the beach going in and out, the main character is being swept from country to country without real will and destination. Nothing of real importance is revealed of the main character, whether bombs fall on him and the next moment he is in Paris and back in Poland, it all does not matter, like a leaf in the wind.

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    Paul Beaverton, OR, USA 08-11-07
    Paul Beaverton, OR, USA 08-11-07 Member Since 2014
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    "hmm"

    The reader was good the plot was jumpy and anticlimatic

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    BRUCE 03-25-06
    BRUCE 03-25-06
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    "Boring"

    For at least 15 years I have been regularly listening to recorded books. This was one of the most boring. The narrator is my favorite. He can make books come to life. Even he could not rescue this one. Because I listen to recorded books during my commute, I have a very high tolerance for books I would not be willing to take the time to read. For an "spy-thriller" this book was extraodinarily boring. The only reason to stay with this very slow book is to get a better idea of how difficult it was for Jews around the time of WWII Germany. It has tons of dialogue, little action, and the dialogue is not all that good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Lynn Richardson 07-07-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Narrator's voice unconvincing..."

    The narrator, George Guidall, who seemed perfect reading "Niagara Falls All Over Again," reads as well here but never sounds convincing with this work.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Anchorage, AK, USA 09-01-04
    Peter Anchorage, AK, USA 09-01-04 Member Since 2010
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    "Brilliant"

    Brilliantly written and read.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Blue Springs, MO, USA 06-27-04
    Brian Blue Springs, MO, USA 06-27-04 Member Since 2009
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    "Hard to follow"

    I can't comment on the book as a whole as I only made it through the first 2 hours before I gave up. There are too many names, places, events, and agencies to keep track of. I found myself drifting off while listening. It does however seem to be well read.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    C. Mitchell Nashville, TN 09-23-04
    C. Mitchell Nashville, TN 09-23-04 Member Since 2005

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    "One of the worst"

    This was one of the worst books I have come upon. It was a slow painful lead and never got off the ground. Save your time and money.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful

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