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Night Soldiers | [Alan Furst]

Night Soldiers

Widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel, New York Times best-selling author Alan Furst takes listeners back to the early days of World War II for a dramatic novel of intrigue and suspense.
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Publisher's Summary

Widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel, New York Times best-selling author Alan Furst takes listeners back to the early days of World War II for a dramatic novel of intrigue and suspense.

Bulgaria, 1934. The local fascists have just murdered the brother of Khristo Stoianev. Now Khristo is recruited into the NKVD, the Soviet secret police, for special service in the Spanish civil war.

©1988 Alan Furst; (P)2002 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"Furst shows a remarkable talent in his fifth novel, integrating details about the cultures of Spain, France and Eastern Europe with a fascinating story." (Publishers Weekly)
"Night Soldiers has everything the best thrillers offer, excitement, intrigue, romance, plus grown-up writing, characters that matter, and a crisp, carefully researched portrait of the period in which our own postwar world was shaped." (USA Today)
"Intelligent, ambitious, absorbing....The history is deftly incorporated; the viewpoint civilized; the characters and the settings picturesque; the adventures exciting; the writing pungent." (The New York Times)

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    Gavin Bayside, NY, United States 06-16-07
    Gavin Bayside, NY, United States 06-16-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Furst's Best"

    Definitely his best book, Polish Officer comes in second. A spy novel is supposed to be complicated, some of the other reviewers should be reading Dan Brown rather than Alan Furst.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Davi Vernalis, CA, USA 06-23-08
    Davi Vernalis, CA, USA 06-23-08
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    "Sleep Aid"

    I downloaded this book as a fan of historical fiction, mysteries, as well as military history. Based on the synopsis of the book and other audible readers' reviews, this book should have fed each of my vices.

    What I received was a painfully slow story full of under-developed characters and mind numbing, meaningless descriptions. I did, however, find a wonderful use for Night Soldiers; a sleep aid.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Powell, OH, United States 11-24-13
    Patrick Powell, OH, United States 11-24-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great story that just never seems to come together"
    What disappointed you about Night Soldiers?

    It seemed like a great story, but the author overly depends on partial explanations and relying on the reader to understand what is going on. If this was an occasional occurrence it would be ok, but we seem to jump constantly in and out of the story and never seem to understand what is happening. I end up having to back the book up constantly to try and understand what is happening. I still am not quite sure I do. Very laborious to listen to 6 Hours into the book and I have given up.


    If you’ve listened to books by Alan Furst before, how does this one compare?

    I have never heard his books before.


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

    Christo


    What character would you cut from Night Soldiers?

    I couldn't follow which character was which to tell you well enough anything about them.


    Any additional comments?

    The author did not do a good job of fully describing the story. Details were left out, and assumptions were made that left the reader wondering. Very dissapointed as I would have liked the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    susan 06-24-13
    susan 06-24-13
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    "couldn't even finish"

    One of the more boring books i've listened to yet (member since 2007, ~350 books)! Came across more like diary entries than anything else: First this happened, then this, etc. Not at all compelling and never kept my interest up for a second. As a result, i didn't even finish listening to this book, an action i have taken maybe 4 or 5 times in the past. Also, and advanced apologies to all you George Guidall fans, the reader in no way enhanced the experience. Though GG is not one of my personal favorite readers, i do listen to a book he reads if the story sounds intriguing/interesting. My recommendation is to skip this book altogether...

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Fort Wayne, IN, United States 05-16-12
    David Fort Wayne, IN, United States 05-16-12 Member Since 2010

    I am a voice over artist with work in tv, film, radio and commercials all over the world.

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    "Boring"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the story flowed better. It seemed very jagged. So much time took describing things that the story just didn't move.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alan Furst again?

    Probably not.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    George is fantastic


    What character would you cut from Night Soldiers?

    I couldn't even keep track.


    Any additional comments?

    The first book (out of about 80) I just couldn't finish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda J. Westerschulte 12-12-11
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    "Terrific spy novel"

    I love spy novels and this is one first-rate. Detailed trade craft, fascinating economically-developed characters, suspense, intrigue, courage, the works. I couldn't stop listening. George Guidall's reading is perfect: unhurried, slightly understated, and with distinctive voices for the different characters. As a benchmark to see if your taste lines up with mine, I love John Le Carre (especially early John Le Carre) and have no time whatsoever for the likes of Henning Mankell.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Horseshoe Bend, AR, United States 11-05-11
    Andrew Horseshoe Bend, AR, United States 11-05-11 Member Since 2010

    Consultant, Church Elder, Kiwanian

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    "Boring/A Series of Vignettes/No Continuing Story"

    First Audible product that I have not enjoyed. Also the first I could not finish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "unknown" ANN ARBOR, MI, United States 12-07-10
    "unknown" ANN ARBOR, MI, United States 12-07-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Jumps around but keeps you hooked."

    I think that the story might be easier to follow if read instead of listened to, but it was still highly entertaining. The narrator is very good at switching between French, Spanish, Russian, and English characters. Its almost like Dickens the way all the characters come together. I definitely recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Molly Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-16-07
    Molly Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-16-07
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    "Furst's best"

    This was the first Furst book I "read" and it is the best of the bunch, I believe. He is a brillant writer and Night Soldiers is incredible. Well worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brodie Mornington, Australia 12-18-14
    Brodie Mornington, Australia 12-18-14 Member Since 2009

    An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.

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    "Dreary, but that might be the point"

    That is possibly not fair, it is 'muddy' and it does 'drudge' but the subject is a molasses topic and so I guess it was always heading in that direction. It works but it deosn't grab.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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