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The World at Night: Jean Casson Series, Book 1 | [Alan Furst]

The World at Night: Jean Casson Series, Book 1

The World at Night is an edge-of-your-seat World War II tale of intrigue and espionage, set in the shadowy back streets and glittering salons of occupied Paris. Film producer Jean Casson, a Paris sophisticate, struggles to come to terms with the uncomfortable realities of life under German occupation, as he becomes caught up in the initial actions of what was to become the French Resistance.
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Publisher's Summary

The World at Night is an edge-of-your-seat World War II tale of intrigue and espionage, set in the shadowy back streets and glittering salons of occupied Paris. Film producer Jean Casson, a Paris sophisticate, struggles to come to terms with the uncomfortable realities of life under German occupation, as he becomes caught up in the initial actions of what was to become the French Resistance.

©2007 Alan Furst (P)2012 Recorded Books

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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 07-21-13
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 07-21-13 Member Since 2011

    A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.

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    "A solid Furst novel, just not a great one"

    Furst's fourth Night Soldiers' novel switches narrators to Jean Casson, a French movie producer. He is a reluctant hero who is drawn into the secret war against the Nazi occupiers of France.

    With 'The World at Night', Furst is able to again relate the way WWII impacted typical Europeans in ways that most fiction and nonfiction writers who focus on Europe's second world war seem to often miss or overlook.

    A solid Furst novel, just not a great one. But take that with a grain of salt. Minor Furst novels (like le Carre) are often miles better than 9/10 of the historical spy fiction out there

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Palm Coast, FL, United States 04-04-12
    Keith Palm Coast, FL, United States 04-04-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Brilliant story. Terrible ending!"
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    Alan Furst is brilliant putting the listener into this era and really bringing Paris alive and making you feel like you are in Paris. What a wonderful book but what a terrible ending. Did Furst suddenly have a bus to catch? It made no sense yet the rest of the book made perfect sense. I will give Furst the benefit of the doubt and perhaps the publisher made him change the ending!
    George Guidall is yet again amazing because if I hadn't been listening to him tell the story I would have never finished this book if I had been reading it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Santa Clarita, CA, United States 01-06-14
    Sandy Santa Clarita, CA, United States 01-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Slow Start but improves"

    Interesting. The lifestyle of the French apart from the war is different than what I knew and was a learning opportunity in itself. So much of the war is well documented from prior sources but not from the prospective of the occupied French people. It takes awhile to know the characters and for the story to get rolling but eventually it gets hard to put down..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    antonio genthod, Switzerland 01-05-14
    antonio genthod, Switzerland 01-05-14 Member Since 2011

    A reviewer's got to do what a reviewer's got to do

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    "Enjoyable !!!!"

    No writer can -like Alan Furst- describe the unique atmosphere of France during the second world war and create characters that are complex, credible and engaging. This book is more than just a spy story: is about the second world war, about Paris , about adventure with a zest of romantics . The plot itself is not particularly surprising nor breathless, but the pleasure of reading is intact till the very end.
    Geoge Guidall does a fabulous job (and his French pretty good)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce Monterey, MA, United States 08-30-12
    Joyce Monterey, MA, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2004

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    "Well done!"

    Written during the early days of the German occupation of France, the World of Night is told with heart and authenticity. Mr. Guidall, the narrator, brings both to this wonderful performance. The main character, Jean Claude Casson, is an "ordinary hero", a film director, a gentle lover of his country and his city, Paris. As one of his characters says, "Jean C;laude, you are loved by everyone." As he is unwillingly drawn deep into a struggle for survival and resistance I grew to love him too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Pitcock Park City Utah 09-18-08
    Sherry Pitcock Park City Utah 09-18-08 Member Since 2003
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    "sloooow"

    While the story was interesting enough from a historical perspective, the pacing was so slow it bordered on boring. At the end, I'm not sure there was a point at all. I'm trying another of Furst's books and it is also very slow-paced.

    9 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    David A. Staas 07-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Goes no where"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Some action or story. The author rambles on going nowhere.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing from this author


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

    George Guidall is great the book s@#%ed


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration that my time was wasted.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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