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)
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.
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.
Consultant, Church Elder, Kiwanian
First Audible product that I have not enjoyed. Also the first I could not finish.
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
I had a hard time trying to figure out what was going on and who was involved. I'm not sure if it was the foreign names and locations or the construction of the story.
Never being published
Nothing by Alan Furst
I like George Guidall as a narrator. That is only reason that I made it as far as I did. Which was only 6 chapters. Normally, 6 chapters would not be enough to judge a book. But each chapter is about 40 minutes long.
This has to be the worst audio book that I have ever had the displeasure of listening to. I wanted to complete the book, since I spent my money, but I had to give up. Saying that this audio book was boring would be a upgrade. Even George Guidall couldn't make this book worth listening to.
I've listened to some pretty awful audiobooks, but this was one of the worst. I Did not care about any of the characters, or the story. This surprised me, as WWII spy fiction is usually super enjoyable. Overall, boring and written in a pretentious fashion.
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