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Dark Star Audiobook

Dark Star

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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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What the Critics Say

"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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    Dennis 12-31-13
    Dennis 12-31-13 Listener Since 2004

    Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!

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    "Enigmatic! Indecipherable!"

    I had a great deal of trouble trying to follow the story line! After restarting this "tell" three times it was unquestionable that this book is/was NOT for me. Or my delicate intellect/ psyche!

    However the reader was, as usual, GREAT!

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    Amazon Customer 04-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story. Great Narrator."

    I love George Guidall. His voice brings the perfect timber to the melancholy jew protagonist of this great Alan Furst novel.

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    Kari Smith 10-29-16
    Kari Smith 10-29-16 Member Since 2012
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    "almost too subtle for a listen however well writtn"

    beautifully narrated, complex story of espionage. a new character you can love. you might need maps and to make notes to follow. nice resolution at the end.

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    Peter MacLeod 10-01-16 Member Since 2017

    Retired father of two with 4 grandchildren. I listen to my books while driving or flying off to somewhere. Keeps me up to date.

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    "Profoundly well presented sense of the beginning of WW II"

    It is long, wordy, rich with humour and a sense of the intrigue that led to the beginning of WW II. Spy networks, intrigue and the life of a wanderer in pre-war Europe. Listen in small bits to let it flow slowly.

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    Amazon Customer 08-27-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Great reader and intertwine topic"

    Good listen...drug out in spots but great reader.
    I will listen to the sequel. interesting topic.

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    Morton Makler 07-19-16 Member Since 2012
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    "furst is top shelf wonderful "

    he captures the nuance of an historical era with the tension of feeling like you were there with the people who populate this book.

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    Dwight 07-09-16
    Dwight 07-09-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Remarkable insight into preWW2 political tete a tete."

    Fiction...yes, regarding verse; no, regarding chapter... Remarkable, terse, poignant unblinding of pre- WW2 German/Soviet "conspiracy", arguably unacknowledged, between the 2 greatest (at least in body counts in the 20th century) malevolents of all time...From Rapallo to Molotov/Ribbentrop. No way this is less than a perfect 5. So much info for reflection about the power of charismatic individuals to control the masses, and for the rest of us to stand, strongly. I'm hooked... Onto the Polish Soldier.

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    rmh 07-03-16
    rmh 07-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "too complicated for audio (at least for me)?"

    I enjoyed this book. However, the story, the characters, and the embedded history are sufficiently complex that I would have liked to have the written version as a crutch. I needed to go back and reread sections, which is always challenging in the audio format.

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    dr herbert goldfarb 06-30-16 Member Since 2015
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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
    steven West Hempstead, NY, United States 06-29-16 Member Since 2013
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    "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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