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Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed author Alan Furst has written several historical fiction novels. In Dark Star, Andre Szara, a Polish journalist who becomes a spy for the Soviet Union in the late 1930s, is ordered to complete many tasks of espionage in Paris. Through Szara's character, the beginnings of World War II are revealed. George Guidall's gripping narration complements this suspenseful tale.
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Critic Reviews

"Intelligent, provocative, and gripping novel....Beautifully and compellingly told." (Publishers Weekly)
"A rich, deeply moving novel of suspense that is equal parts espionage thriller, European history, and love story." (The New York Times)
"Captures the murky allegiances and moral ambiguity of Europe on the brink of war....Nothing can be like watching Casablanca for the first time. But Furst comes closer than anyone has in years." (Time)

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A brilliant account of the lead up to war

First writes a superb account of the life and loves of a Jewish Russian journalist ,his striving to stay alive and a very realistic account of the intrigue lading to the second world

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  • steven
  • West Hempstead, NY, United States
  • 06-29-16

Someone give me some Caffeine...ZZZZZZzzzzzz

What disappointed you about Dark Star?

Too many characters that have nothing to do with anything. The author over complicated the plot with unnecessary scenarios.

What three words best describe George Guidall’s performance?

I love Guidall. He was outstanding in the Mitch Rapp series as well as the Saxon tales. In this book I think he was as board as I was.

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Couldn't finish it

What disappointed you about Dark Star?

After the first half of the book, I found it a chore to press the play button. I eventually decided my time was more valuable that trying to let this character develop at a glacial pace. I unfortunately purchased the first 2 books of the series but I won't bother with it.

What could Alan Furst have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Have even a modest level of action of the main character.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narration was great. It's part of the reason I selected the title because of the awesome work that George Guidable delivers on every title.

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Not sure why I listened to the whole book

I couldn't follow this story until the end. Not sure if it was the narrator or the story. Probably both.

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A little slow

It was a nice history lesson on the political happenings post WWI and through WWII. The narration was reasonable. The only issue was it seemed to drag on a bit and the story didn't draw me in so I couldn't put it down.

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Interesting historical fiction.

An interesting perspective on the events
leading to World War II. Very well read with good pace and characters portrayal.

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A consistent follow-up from the first book

This series is a bit slow but interesting, and is good to pass the time.

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  • R.T.
  • San Jose, Ca
  • 06-09-16

One of the Worst Books I've ever listened to.

I got through to Chpt. 3, and couldn't go on. The minutia and story were too boring for me.

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  • Shawn
  • Carrollton, TX, United States
  • 06-03-16

Historical suspense at its Finest

This is a novel that commands your attention. Every sentence is a flawless note in a symphony of espionage.
listen to this book when you have time and space to get lost in the world we once lived in.
A masterpiece.

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Brilliant Tangled Web of Historic Espionage

What made the experience of listening to Dark Star the most enjoyable?

Everything about this book is so good, it seems the writer must have been there himself, but he couldn't have even been born. The main character is so fascinating, so embattled, but so good at surviving that you will totally identify with him. The narrator does a fantastic job of capturing his interior monologue. I want a sequel!

What did you like best about this story?

The way the main character managed to get through terrible events but somehow kept his soul intact.

What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Deep rich voice, perfect pacing, natural-sounding pronunciation of foreign words, and atmosphere. You never lose the thread.

Who was the most memorable character of Dark Star and why?

Maltsayev, Nadia, Marta, Andre -- too many.

Any additional comments?

I want to listen to it again. First time I've ever had that wish.