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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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    Chris Hookway Barrington, NH, US 06-10-16
    Chris Hookway Barrington, NH, US 06-10-16 Member Since 2012
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    "A consistent follow-up from the first book"

    This series is a bit slow but interesting, and is good to pass the time.

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    R.T. San Jose, Ca 06-09-16
    R.T. San Jose, Ca 06-09-16 Member Since 2016

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    "One of the Worst Books I've ever listened to."

    I got through to Chpt. 3, and couldn't go on. The minutia and story were too boring for me.

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    Shawn Carrollton, TX, United States 06-03-16
    Shawn Carrollton, TX, United States 06-03-16

    Considering that I have a reading disorder, the Audible compamy has quenched a great day of time with Audible as my greatest personal fre

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    "Historical suspense at its Finest"

    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.
    A masterpiece.

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    Ghost Reader Chapel Hill, NC, United States 05-26-16
    Ghost Reader Chapel Hill, NC, United States 05-26-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Brilliant Tangled Web of Historic Espionage"
    What made the experience of listening to Dark Star the most enjoyable?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the main character managed to get through terrible events but somehow kept his soul intact.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Deep rich voice, perfect pacing, natural-sounding pronunciation of foreign words, and atmosphere. You never lose the thread.


    Who was the most memorable character of Dark Star and why?

    Maltsayev, Nadia, Marta, Andre -- too many.


    Any additional comments?

    I want to listen to it again. First time I've ever had that wish.

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    Howard Concord, MA, United States 05-23-16
    Howard Concord, MA, United States 05-23-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Equal to or better than Le Carre's best effort!"

    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.

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    Walter E. Barbier III 05-20-16

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    "Disappointing - Makes objects of women"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think somebody might enjoy it if he/she likes explicit descriptions of female anatomy.


    What was most disappointing about Alan Furst’s story?

    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..


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    I liked his pronunciation and diction.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not for me. I will try another of Furst's books that are highly rated though.


    Any additional comments?

    OK - I only listened to 13 minutes - so maybe the rest of the book was fine,

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    "Definitely recommended"

    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.

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    R. Williams 06-25-15
    R. Williams 06-25-15
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    "Incredibly engaging and literate."

    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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    Amazon Customer 03-20-15 Listener Since 1998
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    "awesome story. well read."

    epic story and sorry when it ends . will have to listen to the whole series now...

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    Theresa osprey, FL, United States 11-16-12
    Theresa osprey, FL, United States 11-16-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Fantastic- He just gets better with every book!"
    If you could sum up Dark Star in three words, what would they be?

    Chilling descriptions of the Soviet experience. Interesting Dialogue0- a Journey through Europe-


    What other book might you compare Dark Star to and why?

    I'll put it with an John LaCarre or Tom Clancy- Alan Furst is the best Cloak and Dagger Author I have ever had the privilege to read!


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Gotta love Elia! Also : Senescal - brings energy and twists to an unforgettable story.


    If you could rename Dark Star, what would you call it?

    The Soviet Journalist.


    Any additional comments?

    Please keep writing Alan- and keep the partnership with Guidall- finish your work before he loses his voice!

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