©2000 Alan Furst; (P)2000 Recorded Books, LLC
Tell the story
I might try Furst, but definitely with another narrator. It's hard to know how good an author or story might be, when Guidall drones from the first paragraph and never picks up. I might say this book will put you to sleep, but the slurring words (do I detect poorly fitted false teeth?) and lack of any crisp emphasis is more likely to make you tear off your earphones!
No, I like a good historical spy novel. The genre, my definition, is supposed to be intriguing. This was a new genre that could be called "A grandfather story once told, and everyone wished he would stop."
I'm amazed at the 4 and 5 stars! The voice sounds old and tired. The slurring is annoying and, not to be mean, but it's possible his teeth need adjusting.
I didn't get that far. Torture should be cut off as soon as possible.
The editor and producer should have caught the flaws here. I hold them responsible for my off and on thoughts of dropping Audible altogether. Recently, I have found that no one is paying attention to the overall products being released. I don't like sending books back; but right now I have at least 5 in my library that I should have dropped and gotten another. Unfortunately my last 3 were disappointments, and at this I'm embarrassed to add them all to my "yuck" list.
A man's got to do what a man's got to do..
Few writers can capture the spirit of the second world war , describe characters and atmosphere like Alan Furst. However at times -and this happens too often in this book- he lets the story plot wander without direction, gets lost in useless details (three minutes to describe the content of the library of a minor character without any relevance in the actual development of events) and goes on and on without getting anywhere. My hearth bleeds , but this time, no matter how much i usually like his books , i have to give him a rating of two stars.
After listening to the three Furst books read by Daniel Gerrol which I really enjoyed, this was a disappointing experience. I did not enjoy Guidall's preformance.
I did not find either the story or characters as engaging as in the other Furst books I have listened to, however Guidall's preformance may have tainted my view of the book.
Guidall is apparently very popular and I find this hard to understand. There is little range in his voice and it lacks any vitality. After Gerrol, who is superb, Guidall's preformance seems dull and tiresome. He has a very grandfatherly voice.
If you like Guidall you will likely like this as well.
I will give Guidall another chance on another Furst novel, but if his preformance is as lack-luster as it is here I'll likely give up on the series. I do hope that Gerrol narrates future Furst books.
If you know anything of the politics of pre-WWII you can easily follow the thread of the story. While enjoyable it takes a while to immerse into the character. And the succeeding chapters jump around a bit. With easy references to other characters in previous books Furst continues his character development.
Furst tracks well with the intelligence system of pre-WWII and I thought this was going to be a more Polish military centric book. The Russian references are worthwhile but diverted me from the true threads of the book.
Maybe the evacuation of the gold from Poland.
Nope, probably the ending being unresolved.
I am skeptical of buying more in this series. None of the reviews are exactly, well, positive.
Not based upon this novel. While he tried to use the Polish officer as the tie-in to the many other vignettes, it just didnt work. Jumping to different characters without sufficient transitions was so distracting that I did the rare thing, for me, of not finishing the book. About half to 2/3rds of the way through I just gave up.
No, I have read many books of this genre; this particular book just turned me off of the author.
Yes The historical perspective and motivations of the French. The book is well written and one is forced to go over certain parts.
The scenes and atmosphere in the jumbing off point of the German preparation for their invasion of England.
I love the love stories and how war can make us more noble and willing to sacrifice our wills
The story comes to life.
Not the Polidh officier /but something to do with resistance.
I almost didn't get into it. I started many times but the beginning just didn't take off.
I love to read about the war and wonder why the germans didn't win the war. This book gives me another view point.
The books human interations gives it the punch.
My grandparents came from Poland and my grandmother never liked it there. From what I read, they seem to have had poor leaders and one can sort of understand their patriotic will and their misteps.
This book was a disappointment to me after Night Soldiers and Dark Star. The story, set in WWII is told in episodes, a series of stories that start and are cut off. No relationship endures; people appear and they disappear. The title, which presents the protagonist as a nameless functionary, reflects the sense of dislocation that this episodic structure creates. I suppose this is Furst's intention, to demonstrate for the reader the isolating effect of war, with constant upheaval and violence destroying every relationship and every harbor just as it materializes. I didn't really enjoy listening to it. But then, I do not think I would enjoy war, either.
This book like others in the series provides an upfront view into the political and intelligence intrigue form 1934 to 1945. The most tumultuous decade of the modern era.
George Guidall is the master of audio narration. In novels such as Furst's, where intonation is crucial and the unspoken in dialogue is as or more important than words said aloud, Guidall is at his apex.
The Polish Officer is not just one of the finest historical novels ever written, it is a true piece of literature. Furst's earlier night soldier novels are excellent, but in his depiction of a complex slavic man confronting the cruelty and complexity not only of the entire human race but his own mind and personality, the author surpasses Hemingway early and takes the war novel to a new dimension. Makes For Whom the Bell Tolled feel overwrought and obvious.
Unlike in many of his other novels, ancillary characters are at a minimum here but supply most of the narrative's color. Poles, Russians, Frenchmen and women. Furst's most interesting characters are the nebbishy "losers" who nibble around the edges of war-torn Europe (Louis Fischfang, the screenwriter in Red Gold; S. Rosen in many of the novels, the short, fat, bald fatalistic covert agent with the shadowy past). In this novel he creates an entire small cast of interesting bit players with whom you may fall in love.
World War Two: This Time It's Personal.
If you ever listened to a performance of Albert Camus' The Stranger and enjoyed it, you will enjoy this book immensely. If not, you will still enjoy this book immensely.
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