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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,467 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: January 1988 ISBN: 9781436125543
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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

  • “A spy novel. a war story, an adventure, a survivor’s tale—Night Soldiers is all this and more.”  Seattle Times
  • Night Soldiersis an atmospheric journey through turbulent lands at a turbulent time, not so much a thriller as it is a panoramic, historical adventure.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • “The author’s attention to detail, thumbnail sketches of his characters, and intricate plotting are painstakingly handled by George Guidall in a deliberate and methodical manner. No hurry here. Guidall develops every nuance intended by the writer.” 

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/16/2014

    " This is a very good book. I've discovered Fursts books start rather slow, but pick up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Doucette | 2/13/2014

    " Nobody captures the nuances of Europe on the eve of the descent into WWII like Furst. Night Soldiers is a tribute to the author's powers of observation and reportage. Furst seemlessly moves us from the paranoia of Bulgaria falling under Stalinist domination, to a Paris intent on ignoring the obvious, to life on the hard street of the French resistance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Johnson | 2/6/2014

    " Could be my favorite Furst. Romania, Spain, Paris--even Brooklyn! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J. Mark | 2/3/2014

    " Good story, got sucked into it pretty quickly, but then it let go of me, then it pulled me back in, then it let go again... Yea. I liked it whan it was all over, but the momentum left much to be desired. The ending was a little pat, though there was LOTS of historical detail that I was sadly unaware of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lysergius | 1/31/2014

    " Excellent! Gives a very vivid impression of the chaos in Europe during and after WWII. Good characters and lots of action. Smashing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geo Forman | 1/30/2014

    " another really good WWII spy story. Furst seems to know Eastern Europe and the spy business. Not your normal shoot and chase spy read. It challenges you to keep up with the author "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loraine | 1/30/2014

    " I could not put this book down. There were moments when it seemed as if I were breathing the same air that Khristo Stoianev himself breathes. As thrilling as LeCarre's "spy novels," Furst re-creates Eastern Europe's disintegration from 1934 until the end of WWII, when the Russians "liberate" the Balkan countries from the Nazis. You can hear the fascists footsteps echoing through the town square; you can smell the blood and guts of mountain men, fisher folk, peasants who call themselves Republicans dying as the Monarchists overwhelm them. The vicious struggle between the Stalinists and the German nazis for control of the outcome of the Spanish Civil War is depicted in a manner that ratchets up your emotional tension. Paris in 1937 . . . the decadence, mixed with a loss of hope, is so real. Europe crumbles, Stalin purges first one wave of spy masters, then another. Hitler conquers Europe, and then reconquest of the Allies involves partisan betrayals, Communist purges . . . the complexity and duplicity of this world can be understood by reading this book. Wow! Riveting! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas Herbert | 1/21/2014

    " I have read most of Furst's books, and I think this is my favorite. The time period in which the books are set is perfect for espionage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rod Zemke | 1/18/2014

    " I like Furst's books for their history, but the writing can be clunky. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adam Shields | 1/16/2014

    " I read about half of this over vacation and got board and gave up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 1/4/2014

    " Best of the Alan Furst novels I've read due to its tighter - by Furst standards - plot. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Max Magbee | 12/30/2013

    " mind-bogglingly boring, muddled, and irritating. I am at a loss as to why this writer is so universally praised. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 12/27/2013

    " Furst doesn't just set a scene - he draws an atmosphere around his characters that suffuses every word and action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Spencer | 12/25/2013

    " This and Dark Star are his best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 12/7/2013

    " Excellent spy novel set in Eastern Europe with a USSR trained spy as the central character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry Reece | 11/10/2013

    " Alan Furst is an author i really enjoy. His ability to bring the landscape and times prior to WWII alive in eastern Europe is a skill to be admired. His character building and ability to keep the plot moving makes for a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 3/29/2013

    " Very involved spy novel set in the WWII era. Nazis, Commies, Partisans - lots of good and bad guys. The plot is quite involved and takes lots of twists and turns. Excellent! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverlytreumann | 2/17/2013

    " I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 9/20/2012

    " Chris Ryan buttonholed me at a party and made me buy this. Don't you people understand that Chris Ryan is almost always right? I've been telling you. For years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis | 9/13/2012

    " Enjoyable, but not great. Listened to audiobook, narrator was good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carrie Pike | 8/26/2012

    " Started listening but just had too much swearing so I didn't continue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julian Heather | 8/16/2012

    " An intelligent story about espionage in Europe just before and during World War 2. Furst creates interesting and complex characters with ease. Very hard to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 5/3/2012

    " Le Carre with bells on. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ellen | 12/19/2011

    " Not what I expected. Too dark. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 11/28/2011

    " Night Soldiers sent me back to some of my old stomping grounds in France, Spain, Hungary .... Tragic, exciting, and interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 BetHoff | 5/12/2011

    " I should probably read this instead of listening to it as an audiobook. Trying to follow it while dealing with major chaos in my life was next to impossible. But Furst really wove a wonderful tale of intrigue, one I will need to reread to do it justice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 4/27/2011

    " Bad Russian spies, pre WWII etc "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 4/4/2011

    " I have read most of Furst's books, and I think this is my favorite. The time period in which the books are set is perfect for espionage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara | 3/19/2011

    " Alan Furst makes me want to read historical fiction! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 3/12/2011

    " Very entertaining... I loved the whole Danube thing, though the end fell apart. Definitely worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/18/2011

    " Good stuff--I'll be reading more of his books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nana | 1/7/2011

    " Too many characters all with strange names. They get muddled. Started to read, got to about 50 pages and gave up. Couldn't tell who was who. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 11/29/2010

    " This book follows the adventures of a Bulgarian, recruited by the Soviet NKVD in 1934, throughout world war 2. I found it to be a very enjoyable read; the writing is excellent, really bringing Europe of that era alive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dougzilla | 11/15/2010

    " I have read a few of these Alan Furst novels so far, and I think I have enjoyed this one the most. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 10/30/2010

    " I love Furst's work and this is a good one. Really gripping and so wide in its geographical range in the Europe of war time. Excellent insights into the political complexities of the time, not to mention the self consuming lunacy of Stalinist Russia. "

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About the Author
Author Alan Furst

Alan Furst is widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel. He is the author of Night Soldiers, Dark Star, The Polish Officer, The World at Night, and others. He has written for a number of magazines and news publications, including Esquire and the International Herald Tribune. Before becoming a full-time novelist, he worked as a copy writer for ad agencies in Seattle; he has also lived in New York and France. Currently, Furst lives on Long Island, New York.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.