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Night Soldiers Audiobook
Night Soldiers
Written by: 
Alan Furst
Narrated by: 
George Guidall
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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    Barry United States 07-26-16
    Barry United States 07-26-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Hard to Follow"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Derrick D Bates 07-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Audible owes me a REFUND"
    What would have made Night Soldiers better?

    Never being published


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by Alan Furst


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Colin campbell 07-13-16
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    "Slow - Not worth the time."

    Storyline drags on without enough action to keep me engaged. I finally gave up and didn't complete.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Damian Trujillo 07-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrible"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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