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)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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