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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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    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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    Greg 06-27-16
    Greg 06-27-16
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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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    horsecrazy New Mexico 06-27-16
    horsecrazy New Mexico 06-27-16 Member Since 2015

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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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    Lou 06-24-16
    Lou 06-24-16
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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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    Gary 06-10-16
    Gary 06-10-16 Member Since 2002
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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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    Chris Hookway Barrington, NH, US 06-10-16
    Chris Hookway Barrington, NH, US 06-10-16 Member Since 2012
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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
    R.T. San Jose, Ca 06-09-16 Member Since 2016

    on the trail

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

    Considering that I have a reading disorder, the Audible compamy has quenched a great day of time with Audible as my greatest personal fre

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    "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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    Ghost Reader Chapel Hill, NC, United States 05-26-16
    Ghost Reader Chapel Hill, NC, United States 05-26-16 Member Since 2010
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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.

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    Howard Concord, MA, United States 05-23-16
    Howard Concord, MA, United States 05-23-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Equal to or better than Le Carre's best effort!"

    I am not sure how I missed Alan Furst's work these past 25 years, but now I am making up for it. Well researched and historically accurate the book "Dark Star" the main character Andre Szara finds himself on the "outs" and then on the "ins" with the NKVD, one of the predecessor's to the USSR's KGB. Tangled up in a political killing that also involves the GRU (military security of the USSR), the Gestapo and French Secret Service. If you enjoyed Le Carre's "George Smiley's Series" you will love it. If you hated the continually perplexing plot line of Le Carre you will HATE The book.

    For me it is one of the best literary Spy/World War II ideas that have occurred. Furst is able to conjure up the political intrigue that swirled around the great purge(s) and the ever shifting political alliances within the USSR state services. Here Furst has the right of it- portraying those caught up in the services and trying their best to determine which way the wind is blowing from the Kremlin and trying, desperately, to do their jobs whilst staying on the right side of the faction currently being supported by Uncle Joe.

    Well done- and for someone like me, who cannot abide inaccurate details in historical fiction I could find absolutely nothing that did not ring true. Excellent back story and details showing how bomber production could have been estimated through the use of contacts within the Third Reich this is a must read for WWII and Soviet Union buffs.

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