We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Red Gold Audiobook

Red Gold

Regular Price:$24.49
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

In this sequel to the acclaimed The World at Night, reluctant spy Jean Casson returns in another haunting and atmospheric thriller set in the shadows of occupied Paris.

In The World at Night, Alan Furst introduced film producer Jean Casson, who is forced by the German occupation of Paris to abandon his civilised lifestyle and falls into the world of espionage and double agents - until he is forced to flee the country.

In Red Gold, Jean Casson returns to Paris under a new identity. As a fugitive from the Gestapo, he must somehow struggle to survive in the shadows and back streets. He is determined to stay clear of trouble, yet as the war drags on, Casson begins, inevitably, to drift back into the dangerous world of resistance and sabotage.

©1999 Alan Furst (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"This innovative and gripping novel eloquently transports us back to a different era and a different world." (Amazon.com review)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.0 (239 )
5 star
 (93)
4 star
 (90)
3 star
 (36)
2 star
 (13)
1 star
 (7)
Overall
4.1 (167 )
5 star
 (66)
4 star
 (60)
3 star
 (31)
2 star
 (5)
1 star
 (5)
Story
4.5 (169 )
5 star
 (100)
4 star
 (52)
3 star
 (13)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 07-21-13
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 07-21-13

    I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^

    HELPFUL VOTES
    13826
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    625
    619
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2933
    16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Continues the saga of Jean Casson"

    A decent follow-up to 'The World At Night', 'Red Gold' continues the saga of Jean Casson's struggle to survive both morally and physically in Nazi occupied and collaborating France.

    I prefer Furst's novels that center on Eastern European characters ('the Polish Officer', 'Dark Star', 'Night Soldiers') instead of French, but it is hard to deny that even though it isn't a major Furst novel, it is still a highly readable one. Using Jean Casson allows Furst to explore the world of those French collaborators, profiteers, and elites of Pétain's France who refused to see the German occupiers for what they were. Furst clearly demarks the fragmented France that was left after Germany's invasion and the Vichy collaboration.

    This novel should be read closely with 'A World at Night'. Like I wrote about that novel, even though I find this to be a minor Furst novel, it is context that matters. Most spy novelists don't approach the art or the skill of a minor Furst novel. So enjoy.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Old Squid Los Angeles, CA 06-25-10
    Old Squid Los Angeles, CA 06-25-10 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    68
    16
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Another Furst masterpiece"

    This latest Furst is another great, atmospheric story of Europe during World War II -- the ordinary and not-so-ordinary human beings who lived every day through terrible times, doing what they thought they had to do just to survive but also to make the world better. Furst takes the reader back into a world we can only imagine now, and brings it completely to life. The grubby details of daily life under totalitarian regimes (in this case, Paris during the Occupation)are very real in Furst's telling, as is the nature of heroism -- ordinary people impelled, for their own reasons, to brave acts of resistance, sabotage, and espionage. George Guidall's reading heightens the atmosphere and brings the characters to life -- his dry, wry, world-weary tone is just perfect for Furst's works, and his adept characterizations help us visualize these people.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  •  
    John NJ, United States 11-18-14
    John NJ, United States 11-18-14 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    159
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    136
    104
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    9
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Unsatifying story"

    Same lead character as book one, but the story just didn't grab me. Felt like too many different threads maybe, and not enough holding it all together? not sure, but just wasn't as good as previous.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ruth BUTTE, MT, United States 08-25-13
    Ruth BUTTE, MT, United States 08-25-13 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    22
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    61
    29
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Soooo Depressing"

    Well, its about Nazi's crushing the human soul. I love George Guidall, but this story was depressing and kept on with a main character that had few redeeming qualities. For me, a very bad choice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dr. J. O. Patterson Germantown, TN United States 02-29-16
    Dr. J. O. Patterson Germantown, TN United States 02-29-16 Member Since 2006
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not a good choice for one's first Furst"

    The author continues to do a remarkable job of vividly painting a portrait of war-torn Europe. However the storyline drags oh so slowly. Would not recommend this to the novice Alan Furst reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Eva 05-11-15
    Eva 05-11-15 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    35
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Terrific, as always"

    A bit hard to follow, several characters, several story lines but Furst is a master of spy-noir and his history is perfect. Guidall is a master. I'd listen to him read a phone book. Accents, voice levels, genders and nationalities are all spot-on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    ellen 10-27-10
    ellen 10-27-10
    HELPFUL VOTES
    91
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    425
    90
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    "red gold"

    pretty good, was slow at times, narrator great, not sure of ending though, may try another of this author

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lonnie C. Pogue San Diego, CA USA 03-12-13
    Lonnie C. Pogue San Diego, CA USA 03-12-13 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    138
    23
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "couldn't get into this book."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better story and performance.


    Has Red Gold turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I've read other books by Alan Furst and enjoyed them. This one came up short.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It may have been an OK book, but I couldn't get interested in the characters. I know it was a grim time, but it was also an energetic time.


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

    Not much.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish I could........but no.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Neil Bedford, TX, United States 05-18-13
    Neil Bedford, TX, United States 05-18-13 Member Since 2011
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    23
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Unpleasant Listen"
    What would have made Red Gold better?

    The story line was uncomfortable and I dropped it part way through. The first bad book I have listened to on Audible.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.