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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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    D. A. Lewis 06-16-16
    D. A. Lewis 06-16-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Not a good audio book"

    Too many characters to follow I an audio book. If I was reading this book I would have reread many sections to catch up and that would have been okay. Not so with an audiobook. Nice spy world but far too dense for me for a audiobook.

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    Trailrunr Asheville, NC 06-10-16
    Trailrunr Asheville, NC 06-10-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Of the beaten path. "

    I rather liked this ... and I'll try another. Eastern European spies in WWII. Neat.

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    Amy Rexford, NY, United States 06-06-16
    Amy Rexford, NY, United States 06-06-16 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    I listened to the first 11 hours of this and never got into it. I kept hoping I could become interested in any one of the characters. Didn't work for me. It put me to sleep.
    Since I listen while driving - I couldn't finish this one.

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    Rod Tremelling 06-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Awful"

    Slow. Boring. Got half way through and can't stand to go any further. Three chapters deli ping a character and then they just vanish???

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    Ange DOWNERS GROVE, ILLINOIS, United States 06-05-16
    Ange DOWNERS GROVE, ILLINOIS, United States 06-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    good story good narration I guess I was expecting to much after reading all the reviews.

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    Carolynn 06-04-16
    Carolynn 06-04-16
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    "This book is a gift."

    It's "Huckleberry Finn" on the Danube and in WWII. A breathtaking sprawl of a book. This spy/war/history/poetic and sensual book anticipates today's tribal breakdowns in the midst of western human rights expansions. The plot is dense and I had to listen again and again to tease out the thread of continuity, but that let me also te-hear and enjoy the beauty of landscape and cold and conflicting human urges. What a book!

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    Paul Robbins 06-04-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Slooow"

    Struggled to finish. The story was full of potential but was slow and made worse by lack of emotion by performance.

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    Shawna 06-04-16
    Shawna 06-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "did not like"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    monotone narrater is too hard to listen to. the reviews said the it started slow, but i tried to keep going thinking it would pick up. it never did. the story moves very slow too. not my cup of tea for sure.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alan Furst again?

    no


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George Guidall?

    ya got me


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

    i dont know what that would be. i just could not listen enough to make that determination


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    charles o. peed winston salem, NC United States 06-03-16
    charles o. peed winston salem, NC United States 06-03-16
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    "way too slow"

    This book is beautifully written, very detailed slice of life in the spanish civil war kind of thing, but I kept wanting Mitch Rapp to kill somebody, and he never even showed up.

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    redfox 06-02-16
    redfox 06-02-16

    too many periodicals

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    "Fantastic evocation of the war; minimal plot line"
    Where does Night Soldiers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was good, but not breaking into the top ranks.


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

    No. There wasn't really a single plot, just a number of individual characters and events on which to hang a lot of detail, from high-level intelligence operations to low-level peasants just trying to stay alive. It was rich and immersive, but I kept wondering if there was going to be a culminating event at all. (spoiler: nope)


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    I quite liked Alexandra, just because she was so different, so distinct. Otherwise, perhaps some of the English playboys whiling away the war with champagne and gossip.


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

    Sometimes in a war, there are no good and bad guys, just survivors.


    Any additional comments?

    I was confused about whether this was an alternate history book that I bought around the same time -- did the war end during this book? I felt like it was still all Communists and Nazis at the end, even after 1945...

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