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
"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)
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.
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.
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.
I have never heard his books before.
I couldn't follow which character was which to tell you well enough anything about them.
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.
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...
I am a voice over artist with work in tv, film, radio and commercials all over the world.
If the story flowed better. It seemed very jagged. So much time took describing things that the story just didn't move.
George is fantastic
I couldn't even keep track.
The first book (out of about 80) I just couldn't finish.
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.
Consultant, Church Elder, Kiwanian
First Audible product that I have not enjoyed. Also the first I could not finish.
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.
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.
Historical intrigue lovestory
George Guidall is simply the best narrator I know of. He gives you a real sense of familiarity with the characters, whether male or female, Wyoming sheriff, Cheyene Indian, Czech woman patriot, or Bulgarian spy. He provides a real sense of the feeling behind the words. He brings every character to life!
Historically interesting well written a little slow at times bogged down in details but overall story was good and gave an emotional sense of the tragedy of Eastern Europe during WWII
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