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Night Soldiers | [Alan Furst]

Night Soldiers

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.
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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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    Larry Fort Jones, CA, United States 07-12-13
    Larry Fort Jones, CA, United States 07-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Master Storyteller"
    What made the experience of listening to Night Soldiers the most enjoyable?

    Firstly, I think George Guidall could read a Chinese phonebook and make it compelling listening. Secondly, Alan Furst is a master at character development. Also, I found the subject matter fascinating. I like when I read or listen to a book, it becomes pictorially vivid in my mind. It takes very good writing to do that for me. Alan Furst does this extremely well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed all the characters, because they seemed alive to me. However, following the main character was extremely enjoyable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    On the Danube, in a rowboat with the Soviet soldier, when he encountered the grounded barge, and recognized the hull number as a significant code. I felt his excitement! I have a hundred favorite scenes in this book. I can't wait until I forget enough to justify re-reading it!


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

    I think I'd stick with the book title, Night Soldiers.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a departure from the shoot-em-up spy books, which I also enjoy, but it loses nothing by shedding gratuitous violence. It replaces non-stop action with true intrigue, and I found it no less exciting. It would be like comparing Casablanca and Die Hard. Both great genres to be sure, but each with an exceptional cache. This was my first Furst, and I just downloaded his "Polish Officer". Can't wait to get into it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    WiseGuy74 Mission Viejo, CA, United States 05-29-13
    WiseGuy74 Mission Viejo, CA, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good First Novel"

    This is a very well written spy novel, and very well narrated. I could be mistaken, but I think this was Furst's first novel, which is quite an achievement. Everything felt very real and authentic. The only problem I had with it, and the reason I only give four stars, is that it didn't seem to be a cohesive story with a beginning, middle and end. I guess this is ok, as long as the book keeps you interested, which this book did. But, for a spy novel, usually I expect there to be a cohesive plot, whereas this book kind of wanders around, following the main character as he travels around, until at last it just kind of ends because the war is over. That said, I really enjoyed it, and will definitely read more by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Cupertino, CA, United States 03-06-13
    David Cupertino, CA, United States 03-06-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Fascinating story winding through WWII"
    What made the experience of listening to Night Soldiers the most enjoyable?

    The interconnections of the stories as characters cross over.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Night Soldiers?

    In the beginning when his brother is killed


    Which scene was your favorite?

    shooting down the Messerschmitt in Spain.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott EASLEY, SC, United States 11-29-12
    Scott EASLEY, SC, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2012

    I switched to Amazon after they added Whispersync. I read and listen to most of the books I go through. I prefer to read but I spend 90 minutes a day in a car so I can get through a lot of audio.

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    "First Alan Furst book was very good read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Alan Furst kept coming up in my suggestions and finally decided to try one of his books. I would recommend this book to others and I will read additional Furst books.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was set in Soviet controlled Europe. This was the first book I have read from the view of a character in Soviet service. I really enjoyed the plot and different historical ties in the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Roseland, VA, United States 09-06-12
    L. Roseland, VA, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Too Slow and Boring for Me"
    Would you try another book from Alan Furst and/or George Guidall?

    Not from Alan Furst but George Guidall is always good.


    What was most disappointing about Alan Furst’s story?

    Too slow to develop with details far beyond reasonable interest - lumbering.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The escape from the burning house.


    Could you see Night Soldiers being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, because they would omit the unnessary details.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Winthrop, ME, USA 06-08-09
    Daniel Winthrop, ME, USA 06-08-09
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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.

    2 of 4 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

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Maurice Chula Vista, CA, USA 10-02-07
    Maurice Chula Vista, CA, USA 10-02-07
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    "Can Furst write faster?"

    I am running out of Allen Furst books to read!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Watauga, TN, USA 07-20-05
    Jan Watauga, TN, USA 07-20-05
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    "Lost In Space"

    Although historical facts were accurate it seems to take for every to get to place to place. Sometimes not knowing who or where you are in the story. I have read or listened to other books of similar genre and found this to be a low point. This was my first book by this author and very well may be my last

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    02-23-05
    02-23-05 Listener Since 2002
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    "Boring!"

    I couldn't get past the first few hours. Too boring!

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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