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Publisher's Summary

Widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel, New York Times best-selling author Alan Furst takes listeners back to the early days of World War II for a dramatic novel of intrigue and suspense. Bulgaria, 1934. The local fascists have just murdered the brother of Khristo Stoianev. Now Khristo is recruited into the NKVD, the Soviet secret police, for special service in the Spanish civil war.
©1988 Alan Furst; (P)2002 Recorded Books
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Critic Reviews

"Furst shows a remarkable talent in his fifth novel, integrating details about the cultures of Spain, France and Eastern Europe with a fascinating story." (Publishers Weekly)
"Night Soldiers has everything the best thrillers offer, excitement, intrigue, romance, plus grown-up writing, characters that matter, and a crisp, carefully researched portrait of the period in which our own postwar world was shaped." (USA Today)
"Intelligent, ambitious, absorbing....The history is deftly incorporated; the viewpoint civilized; the characters and the settings picturesque; the adventures exciting; the writing pungent." (The New York Times)
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By Mary Berry on 04-27-11

Best Alan Furst novel!

I've now read most of this series and I have to say this was without a doubt my favorite. Although it was lengthy, I didn't want it to end. Loved the history and the characters. I find myself pulling for Kristo and his BF comrades. I've listened to literally hundreds of audible books and this is the first time I've ever rated or reviewed. Thats how strongly I feel about this great piece of espionage literature. But, my main reason for submitting this is to heap praise--that's right - heap, on George Guidall. He's without a doubt the best narrator, especially for these works. Even his women characters sound believable, something I thought impossible. Amazing. His mastery of the various languages and dialects he employs is spot on and I've heard many others who could not pull this off. He and Patrick Tull are the best narrators. IMHO.

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By Theresa on 05-08-08

Chilling..Fantastic

Alan Furst creates such a sense of time and place with this novel of a world that has gone mad. The feel of civilization unraveling is quite unnerving, and as always George Guidall ( you either love the guy or hate him..) narrates with what I'd call a determined flair.
I enjoyed this as much as his other Novel, Dark Star, which is set in a similar time and place. The two Stories share the connection of the start of the Soviet Revolution, and although I did not live it- it feels very realistic.
One note: there is much death and violence- after all it is set right before and during World War 2. So, not exactly the "feel good" book of the month- My wife hated it- I loved it!

Jack

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By Patricia on 08-02-16

Frustrating but engaging!

I bought this book because of the narrator: George Guidall, one of my favourite readers.
It has driven me mad. So many characters in different time frames, moving from the 1930s to 1945 but in no particular order and in what appeared to be dozens of unconnected events, with confusing names or " noms de guerre" added to the mix.
However, I applaud the quality of the writing.
Another reviewer mentioned the Spanish Civil War (featured in this novel) and I would warmly recommend "Winter in Madrid" by Sansom as an excellent read or listen.

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By Creeda on 10-13-14

Excellent

What did you like most about Night Soldiers?

Excellently paced - after a rather slow start. Certainly makes you understand what was going on in Spain during the Civil War - this had always been a bit of a mystery to me, between POUM, PUP, etc. (I had read the Malraux novel and never made head or tale of the divisions - also of course I didn't really care......)

Who was your favorite character and why?

Naturally - our hero Christo! A man with a soul still alive despite his many tribulations

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

He articulates the characters so well you really feel you know them

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Certainly not laugh! Mainly rage at the sheer evil of the NKVD - first manifested when they removed the stray dog the students had sheltered (of course very minor misdeed by their standards, but indicative! - somewhat reminiscent of what happened in Catholic institutions, who patented the areas of spying and mind-control). The book also highlighted the hopelessness of the lives of people in Eastern Europe.

Any additional comments?

A very interesting book - like all Alan Furst's. The character of the American girl was very well drawn.

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By john on 08-02-16

a fascinating journey

For me, the story at first was interesting but not particularly exciting. However the narrator does so well that I didn't at any time feel I wanted to quit. Then, as the plots develop, the book, provides all the excitement and humour I was hoping for. As well, the storyline is deliciously unpredictable.

I particularly enjoyed the historical background being set from the eastern European viewpoint.

When I reached the end, I wanted more! This for me is a sure sign that I enjoyed it. If you enjoy espionage themed novels, you most likely will also.

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By Clive Byerley on 02-26-16

In a Class of its Own!

Would you consider the audio edition of Night Soldiers to be better than the print version?

This was my first encounter with Allan Furst's work, but I knew and trusted George Guidall to make the most of it. Was I in for a treat!

What did you like best about this story?

Furst's research is impeccable; not a false note or anachronism anywhere. Plotting is skillfull, surprising and totally involving.

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

I did not read or listen to Night Soldiers - I lived it! I binge-listened, gripped both by great writing and Guidall's masterly acting, for that is what he does. Guidall brings the characters to life in all their variety; women, girls, youths and mature men all find a voice in his superb narration.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Any additional comments?

If you are looking for a recreation of the thirties and the growing threat of Nazi tyranny, with men and women brave enough to melt your heart, then this is the book-and the series for you!

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