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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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    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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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    private 06-26-16
    private 06-26-16
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    "Not very intersting"

    I bought this book because another reviewer likened it to a John Le Carre spy novel. It is nothing like Le Carre, the characters are not at all complex the situation is never equivocal. Maybe if I'd been expecting an action story I'd have liked it more but I expected a really smart really human story and I didn't get that at all.
    Other people also seemed to really like the narrator and I found him dull and flat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    fk6400 06-19-16
    fk6400 06-19-16
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    "Some historical facts are not correect"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Soviet car "Pobeda" (victory) was only introduced in 1945, after end of the war, and it's name emphasized victory in WW2, even with all power of NKVD it was impossible to use in 1930sRussian (Orthodox) christmas (even in USSR it wasn't a holiday) is celebrated on January 7th, not in December.


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    CHARLES 06-18-16
    CHARLES 06-18-16
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    "Espionage, Eastern Europe, Rich Prose, Grand Sweep"
    What made the experience of listening to Night Soldiers the most enjoyable?

    I bought this and a number of other books by Alan Furst when Audible had a sale. What a pleasant surprise. I wish I had bought them all.
    I like spy stories. If you like John LaCarre, You will enjoy this.
    Thanks Audible


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

    Fine narration


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    Ben Jurevicius 06-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Another outstanding tale"

    It is difficult to describe how excellent this book is. It absolutely swept me away to another time and place. And the narration was pure perfection.

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    D. A. Lewis 06-16-16
    D. A. Lewis 06-16-16 Member Since 2016
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trailrunr Asheville, NC 06-10-16
    Trailrunr Asheville, NC 06-10-16 Member Since 2015

    Trailrunr

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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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