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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,525 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Furst Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Night Soldiers Series Release Date:
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Paris, Moscow, Berlin, and Prague, 1937. In the back alleys of nighttime Europe, war is already under way. André Szara, survivor of the Polish pogroms and the Russian civil wars and a foreign correspondent for Pravda, is co-opted by the NKVD, the Soviet secret intelligence service, and becomes a full-time spymaster in Paris. As deputy director of a Paris network, Szara finds his own star rising when he recruits an agent in Berlin who can supply crucial information.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Outclasses any spy novel I have ever read.”

    Richard Condon, author of The Manchurian Candidate

  • “A rich, deeply moving novel of suspense that is equal parts espionage thriller, European history, and love story…The time frame of the late 1930s on the Continent was once the special property of Eric Ambler and Graham Greene; Mr. Furst has ventured into their fictional territory and brought out a story that is equally original and engaging.”

    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.”


  • “A jewel—a gripping thriller that is also a fascinating history lesson.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “Compelling…An excellent novel of history, betrayal and, most important, survival…While the story offers enough twists and turns to satisfy the most ardent spy fan, author Alan Furst transcends genre. This is a novel with heart.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Intelligent, provocative, and gripping…Furst depicts the historical, geographic, and political context in lucid and highly readable prose…beautifully and compellingly told.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “George Guidall…delivers an outstanding performance. His mastery of multiple foreign accents seems limitless, and he handles female voices exceptionally well. His nuanced pacing and changes of tone heighten the action and characters’ emotions without overdramatization.”


  • “An intriguing combination of spy story and historical novel…Entertaining, exciting, and thought-provoking reading.”

    Library Journal

  • “Kafka, Dostoyevsky, and le Carré sit up all night and talk to each other and this is what you get. It is absolutely wonderful.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by J | 2/19/2014

    " At times a bit hard to read, as there is so much information to remember, but for the most part thrilling, my heart beating in my chest while I read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Richard | 2/12/2014

    " It's been a long, long time since I've finished a book, slept on it, and started over the next day. Dark Star is so thick, and rich with plot, character, and place that there was no way I could get it the first time through, and even after the second reading I could go back for more. I've been on a bit of an Alan Furst tear: Night Soldiers, The Spies of Warsaw, and Spies of the Balkans, but this one takes the cake. Deep into the heart and mind of Russian intelligence, deep into the machinations of Hitler and Stalin, as deep as you can get into the soul of the protagonist, this is a hell of a book. Most of the other reviewers go over the story, check them out, but beyond the story this is history, philosophy, poetry, and damned good writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Billymojo | 1/29/2014

    " A little choppy in spots. And perhaps slow at times. But fascinating overall. If I were interested in genres, I'd file this under historical fiction rather than spy thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carroll | 1/27/2014

    " I've read a ton of Alan Furst's novels--and after reading and then listening to Dark Star, I think this one is the best. "

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