Regular price: $30.07

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Alan Furst is internationally renowned as master of the European espionage thriller. Unfolding in September of 1939 as Hitler's Wehrmacht ravages Warsaw, The Polish Officer reveals the daring mission of a Captain in the Polish underground intelligence service.
©2000 Alan Furst (P)2000 Recorded Books, LLC

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    234
  • 4 Stars
    223
  • 3 Stars
    100
  • 2 Stars
    34
  • 1 Stars
    21

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    265
  • 4 Stars
    124
  • 3 Stars
    31
  • 2 Stars
    10
  • 1 Stars
    5

Story

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    178
  • 4 Stars
    154
  • 3 Stars
    60
  • 2 Stars
    29
  • 1 Stars
    8
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Furst is 3 for 3. Best insight to Europe 1937- 45

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.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Excellent

Good story good narration very much worth the money and time. Bb nn nn nn nn

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Historical Literature at its Finest

Would you consider the audio edition of The Polish Officer to be better than the print version?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

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.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

World War Two: This Time It's Personal.

Any additional comments?

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.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

It feels real

Although this story follows one man during ww2, it is in some ways a series of vignettes that illuminate the horror, craziness and dreadful reality of war and of course with Alan Furst it also is filled with good and heroic people.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great story

Awesome narration of a very interesting story.
Very thoughtful. Dialogue and character development well done.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Ronald
  • Encino, CA, USA
  • 07-04-06

No story.

Perhaps this deserves more than one star. But after five hours of listening, I gave up. There is no overall plot or story. It's a series of events taking place during the Nazi occupation, but I just didn't find it interesting. It's well read. Decently written. Just not very involving.

13 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars

Not worth a credit

The main character lives through some of the most exciting adventures possible, but the writing leaves it all seem boring. After a weak story and characters, the ending somehow still manages to be anti-climactic.

3 of 13 people found this review helpful