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Mission to Paris | [Alan Furst]

Mission to Paris

At the center of the intrigue is Hollywood star, Frederic Stahl. September 1938. On the eve of the Munich Appeasement, Stahl arrives in Paris, on loan from Warner Brothers to star in a French film. He quickly becomes entangled in the shifting political currents of pre-war Paris - French fascists, German Nazis, and his Hollywood publicists all have their fates tied to him. But members of the clandestine spy world of Paris have a deeper interest in Stahl, sensing a potential asset in a handsome, internationally renowned actor.
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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author and the "modern-day master of the genre" (Newsday) comes a gripping novel of espionage and deception in 1938 pre-war Paris.

At the center of the intrigue is Hollywood star Frederic Stahl. September 1938. On the eve of the Munich Appeasement, Stahl arrives in Paris, on loan from Warner Brothers to star in a French film. He quickly becomes entangled in the shifting political currents of pre-war Paris - French fascists, German Nazis, and his Hollywood publicists all have their fates tied to him. But members of the clandestine spy world of Paris have a deeper interest in Stahl, sensing a potential asset in a handsome, internationally renowned actor.

Ranging from the high society of glittering Paris to film set locations in far-away Damascus and Budapest, Alan Furst's new novel confirms his status as a writer whose stories unfold "like a vivid dream" (The Wall Street Journal).

©2012 Alan Furst (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

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    MR B RANALOW 05-22-13 Member Since 2005
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    "A Good Read"

    This was the first book by Alan Furst that I have read and I will certainly read more. He has clearly well researched life in Paris in the late thirties and the atmosphere he creates is very authentic. The pace is leisurely in the beginning but the tension builds as the story progresses and the conclusion is unexpected but believable.

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    soozcrooz1 San Diego, CA, United States 02-07-13
    soozcrooz1 San Diego, CA, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "intriguing"
    What made the experience of listening to Mission to Paris the most enjoyable?

    descriptions of paris. And. Military. Berlin


    Would you recommend Mission to Paris to your friends? Why or why not?

    maybe


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The measuring of costume/ breakfast of croissant /coffee


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but kept fo metro rides ...altho I did finish at home


    Any additional comments?

    Tres bon

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan S. San Francisco, CA United States 12-27-12
    Susan S. San Francisco, CA United States 12-27-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great good and Evil Chase Suspense"

    Of course Nazi's are evil, but who else is, and running away from them makes this an intriguing story. The narrator was very good and did the male and female parts well. I am glad they used only one narrator because books that use several can be distracting. I would read other books by this author if he changed topics--in the Audible listings it looks like his subject is similar but takes place in other countries. .

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    Mattteo SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 11-30-12
    Mattteo SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Mission to Paris starts out strong and then fizzle"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Mission to Paris takes place in pre-WWII Europe. The reader is treated to wonderful descriptions of Paris and Berlin as Europe is on the brink of war. The historical events of the day are accurate and in context.

    The story itself starts strong but then seems rushed to conclude.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Alan Furst? Why or why not?

    Yes! It was a fun read throughout although the ending was silly.


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

    Yes!


    Could you see Mission to Paris being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes!


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    Paul FORT BRAGG, CA, United States 11-24-12
    Paul FORT BRAGG, CA, United States 11-24-12 Member Since 2005
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    "A Dream Historical Novel"

    I've only lately discovered Alan Furst and I'm kicking myself for coming so late to the party! This man can really write great historically based international novels. I've read two of his books now and this one just now finished was just wonderfully researched and written. It's like discovering a book version of the film Casablanca.......just a gem. As far as I can see Fursts books are based mostly on the years just prior to WWII in various countries in Europe. The characters are very real and authentic sounding, the narrtor performance is dazzlingly great with these European espionage and diplomacy novels. I happen to really love and resonate with history and these really fill my bill. Outstanding reads, all.

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    Barbara vickers Los Angeles,, CA United States 11-12-12
    Barbara vickers Los Angeles,, CA United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Great, great, great..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, a great story, based on historical events.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character was very likable.


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

    Yes, he is excellent.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Towards the end of the book I was worried about the character's
    fates.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen.

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    C Chestnuthill, MA, United States 10-22-12
    C Chestnuthill, MA, United States 10-22-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Not his best effort"

    I have read or heard all of his books and this one is not up to snuff. My criticisms are as follows:
    1) Very little suspense
    2) Simplified characters (ie..all the Americans without exception are nice guys)
    3) Abrupt ending

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    Karen Lincoln, NE, United States 09-17-12
    Karen Lincoln, NE, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "An enjoyable book, well-read."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not exactly on the edge of my seat, but the characters and the plot were interesting and kept me wanting to know more.


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

    No.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


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    Marge Alexandria, VA, United States 09-03-12
    Marge Alexandria, VA, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2008
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    "OK but not great"
    Would you try another book from Alan Furst and/or Daniel Gerroll?

    Probably would.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was disappointed. It just ended and there was much missed opportunity for the author to add something more.


    What about Daniel Gerroll’s performance did you like?

    Nicely done and fitting for the material.


    Was Mission to Paris worth the listening time?

    Yeah, I guess so. Some interesting perspective on the political atmosphere of the era.


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    M. Simpson Illinois 08-27-12
    M. Simpson Illinois 08-27-12

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    "Suspenseful story, very well told"
    What made the experience of listening to Mission to Paris the most enjoyable?

    The story unfolds slowly and with our perspective, more than 70 years after the period in which it takes place, a sense of dread builds throughout. The reader is outstanding and really offers a unique voice to each character. And, it isn't clear exactly how things will end until almost the very end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mission to Paris?

    The scene in the restaurant when we truly see the casually sinister nature of the Nazis and their sympathizers enjoying their affluence amid the tense environment that surrounds them.


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

    The nuances in his voice make you forget (this sounds silly but it's true) that he is actually a male performing both male and female roles.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    In movie making, evil is not always an illusion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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