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Night Soldiers Audiobook

Night Soldiers

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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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    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...

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Michael TAMPA, FL, United States 03-27-06
    Michael TAMPA, FL, United States 03-27-06
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    "Night Soldiers"

    Pros:
    The book is similar to an epic, whereas the main character travels al over the world. From Bulgaria, to Russia, to Spain, to France, to Switzerland, to Czechoslovakia, and so on. It gives an idea of life before and during WWII.

    Cons:
    The book has tons of unneeded character development. For example it takes a half hour or so to develop three characters, giving historical background and logging years of conversations in the village bar, to have then both arrested and hanged in the very next paragraph, all to no avail. Also, there are so many characters with similar Eastern European names, it was very difficult to keep them all straight.

    In the end, I'm glad I read the book, but this won't be one that I'll remember for very long.

    16 of 20 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.

    2 of 2 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 2016
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gavin Bayside, NY, United States 06-16-07
    Gavin Bayside, NY, United States 06-16-07 Member Since 2007
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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.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Dallas, TX, United States 04-28-15
    Elaine Dallas, TX, United States 04-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Too many characters for listening"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I listen while I run or sew and this story jumped around from place to place and if you weren't listening carefully you missed where you were and which character was being talked about. Perhaps it is easier to keep track when actually reading the book.


    What was most disappointing about Alan Furst’s story?

    It jumped around.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by George Guidall?

    Probably


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

    It seemed like the story was going to be good.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Legal Eagle Muscat, Oman 01-28-15
    Legal Eagle Muscat, Oman 01-28-15
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    "A tour de force"
    Where does Night Soldiers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. A story with a great sense of place and time. Memorable characters with even the relatively minor characters being deftly drawn. Beautifully performed as well.


    What other book might you compare Night Soldiers to and why?

    Eric Ambler's Cause for Alarm, it has the same atmosphere of good people initially dimly aware of gathering evil coming to terms with their destiny being ordained by forces of evil on all sides.


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

    As good, if not better than his performance in the World at Night. He is truly the voice of Alan Furst.


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

    No, each part needs to be relished, absorbed and the next keenly anticipated.


    Any additional comments?

    The second book in the series doesn't appear to be available would love to download it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sally Filler 10-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Slow in the middle but very interesting"
    If you could sum up Night Soldiers in three words, what would they be?

    Historical intrigue lovestory


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

    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!


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    alison 04-18-14
    alison 04-18-14 Listener Since 2010
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    "Brilliant!"
    Would you listen to Night Soldiers again? Why?

    I will listen to Night Soldiers again because it is rich in mood and detail. The characters, their circumstances amd motivations are complex. The story placement and structure are different and I came away thinking I had gained a new perspective on a period which in many ways seems well known. Any book that can do that deserves the highest accolades.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It covers periods, peoples and places that are not very familiar and canvasses complex emotions and motivations. Very interesting and very moving. Also the author reveals a wry sense of humour which surfaces occasionally to season the plot. The book makes you ask the question: what would you do in these circumstances?


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

    Guidall is fantastic. His pronunciation and deep understanding of the characters lifts a great book to a higher level. His range is extraordinary - from Russian commisars, Spanish peasants to English aristocrats. Guidall really adds something. I wouldn't have enjoyed the book as much without his performance.


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

    Trust no one, stay alive.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Alan Furst novel. I got on to him after seeing the TV series of Spies of Warsaw. I have since listened to The World at Night which I also enjoyed and will next listen to Red Gold. He is a great author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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