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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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    CBDC Washington, DC USA 10-28-12
    CBDC Washington, DC USA 10-28-12 Member Since 2016
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    "OK, but nothing really special"

    To be fair to this book, I had just finished Woud's "War and Remembrance" and so there are very few books that could even come close to the power. However, my opinion doesn't change when I think of it relative to some other fiction (historical fiction) I've read. It's an OK story. It's well told and it takes place (at least in part) in a part of the world (Bulgaria) with which I am less familiar. But it didn't really grip me. When it ended, I had to listen to the last two chapters again to be sure I hadn't spaced out and missed anything. It's the first Furst novel I've read and I'm not rushing to add others. I do like Guidall in general.

    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.

    3 of 4 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 2015

    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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    Molly 06-16-07
    Molly 06-16-07 Member Since 2016
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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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    Daniel Winthrop, ME, USA 06-08-09
    Daniel Winthrop, ME, USA 06-08-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow"

    This story takes for ever to really develop any plot, if it ever does. I am 5+ hours into it and so far it has been very slow.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Clive Sunny Isles Beach, FL, USA 03-07-07
    Clive Sunny Isles Beach, FL, USA 03-07-07
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    "Needs an Automatic Refund Feature"

    Dry, convoluted, long-winded, inexorbly boring. Over rated at 1 star.
    From word 1 you keep waiting for something to happen. Then it does, you either turn it off or fall asleep. The literary equivalent of watching paint dry. Same effect as over-medicating on prozac! That's part 1; never stuck around for parts 2 & 3

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    R.T. San Jose, Ca 09-07-16
    R.T. San Jose, Ca 09-07-16 Member Since 2016

    on the trail

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    "Not One Of My Faves"

    I found this story laborious and boring at times. The narrator did a great job with what he had to work with, and his French pronunciations were excellent. There was too much minutiae in this story for me so I can't recommend it as a thriller. It's more of a long, drawn out saga.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Warren Smith 08-21-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Drugged On."

    Bounced all over. Very hard to follow. I thought it would never end! Very disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Justina Larson 08-17-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Unimaginative and boring"

    The story line is bereft of any substance or inspiration. The main character is incredibly mundane.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert A Austin, TX United States 08-15-16
    Robert A Austin, TX United States 08-15-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Best Furst book I've heard"

    I've listened to 5 or 6 of Alan Furst's books and this is the best. Guidall is exceptional as always.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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