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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (937 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: March 1999 ISBN: 9781436142229
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In this sequel to the acclaimed The World at Night, reluctant spy Jean Casson returns in another haunting and atmospheric thriller set in the shadows of occupied Paris. In The World at Night, Alan Furst introduced film producer Jean Casson, who is forced by the German occupation of Paris to abandon his civilized lifestyle and falls into the world of espionage and double agents—until he is forced to flee the country. In Red Gold, Jean Casson returns to Paris under a new identity. As a fugitive from the Gestapo, he must somehow struggle to survive in the shadows and backstreets. He is determined to stay clear of trouble, yet, as the war drags on, Casson begins, inevitably, to drift back into the dangerous world of resistance and sabotage. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Nothing can be like watching Casablanca for the first time, but Furst comes closer than anyone has in years.”

    Time

  • “Gripping…Furst has been described as another Ambler, and deservedly so. Red Gold transports the reader back to a crowded Paris, darkened by the menacing ambiance of World War II.”

    USA Today

  • “What the espionage novels of John le Carré were for the Cold War, those of Alan Furst have become for the period that might be called ‘the Sable Decade’…Furst may have no peer in his ability to re-create the atmosphere of the netherworld of continental Europe during the war years.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “Furst again proves himself the master of his chosen terrain—behind the lines of Nazi occupation in France during World War II…Furst, who deserves the comparisons he’s earned to Graham Greene and Eric Ambler, seems to be settling into a franchise.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Furst has established himself as a modern master of WWII espionage…What makes Casson so appealing, and this novel so entertaining, is the way Furst refuses to let his hero off the hook…What more could you ask of World War II espionage: all the romance, all the drama, but none of the mushy idealism as Casson, unlike Bogie, would get on the plane with Ingrid Bergman.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Masterful, richly atmospheric…Witty, inventive, distinctively French film-noir espionage, told with the terse brutality and jaundiced romanticism of Chandler and Hammet at their peak.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 2/19/2014

    " I love his atmospherics and the way he realistically catches the flavor of awful times and human ability to cope with them, without unrealistically one sided heroics. We could do with someone like him writing about our own 'scoundrel times' "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 2/5/2014

    " French partisans, Communists, German occupation troups in France during 1942.....whew! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Freeman | 2/5/2014

    " Alan Furst has his defined niche and style and he sticks to it pretty darn close ergo this book is no exception. He does get the formula just right with this one I have to admit. I do feel he either has a problem with endings or is trying to make a statement with them because they all tend to be sudden and leave much hanging in term of plot & characters - I tend to think the latter and it does certainly leave a handy starting point for his next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erik | 2/4/2014

    " Whew. Finished this long ago. Loved it. But then, I'm an Alan Furst junkie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua | 2/3/2014

    " My second or third book by the WW2 era specialist Furst that sees him drenching another story in the shady universe of spies, French resistance fighters, Nazis, regular French citizens and those willing and unwilling to get their hands dirty in 1940s Paris. Swamped in atmosphere, intrigue, danger and suspense--this is classy stuff from Furst. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/22/2014

    " I would have been happy to live in wartime Marais forever, dining on Rooster and Bordeaux by candlelight and watching handsome Casson's shabby nobility fade. Unfortunately, the book ended. Sigh. At least Casson and I will always have Paris! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Piette | 1/20/2014

    " Paris again, continuing the story of Casson "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/20/2014

    " I love the tight-shot intimacy of Furst's work - he sets that smoky "Casablanca"-esque atmosphere more perfectly than Bogart. An author I love to return to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/18/2014

    " Vintage Furst -- sequel to world at night, great great great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lou | 12/26/2013

    " Sequel to The World at Night carries on the story in a very interesting way. There's no better writer of the period 1930's Germany. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 12/25/2013

    " Tense and engrossing, Furst gives us a second, closer look at Jean Casson, the Parisian film-producer-turned-reluctant-spy, from 'The World at Night.' Here he gives us a convincing glimpse into the shadowed, dangerous, suspicious world of the Resistance in wartime Paris. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pcdoctorswr | 12/25/2013

    " Book 5 of a 12 book series. Set in WWII Paris. What I now expect from an Alan Furst book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 11/18/2013

    " I always enjoy this author, even in audio. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 10/26/2013

    " Just got into Furst as he published a new one and I saw good reviews. Good classic World War II spy novel -- great language and seems (not having been in Paris in the war) realistic, gritty and rich. Gonna read more of him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Derk | 10/16/2013

    " 5 stars for atmosphere. I wonder how authentic it is. I can't say I enjoyed the book, as it is rather grim. Nevertheless it was an excellent read. I think I've read another book by Furst, but it was so long ago I may be mistaken. I'll b trying another one in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Meyer | 8/6/2013

    " The Night Soldiers series continues to have some of the best story-telling, characterizations, and incredibly efficient prose I've ever seen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mat | 6/12/2013

    " Quick, fun read (not too deep) about a journalist who turns spy, largely set in Paris during WWII. Fun for the milieu as well as Furst's usual engaging plotting and characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Garth | 8/23/2012

    " All Alan Furst's books create the most complete picture of pre WWII Europe I've ever read. This book is no different. Letting Furst transport you into the time period is like standing in a warm waterfall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Dettman | 7/19/2012

    " OK book, if you have read one of Furst's books you've read them all "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddie | 6/10/2012

    " Probably the best of the five preceding books. I am enjoying rereading them. Next is Kingdom of Shadows. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 6/7/2012

    " I'm occasionally irritated that I'm being pandered to (as a middle aged man), but Furst has a great touch for atmosphere and characters that feel human. Furst is a kind of guilty pleasure for me, I guess. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mackay | 4/6/2012

    " Noir set in the Resistance in WW 2 France. But ... I don' really recall anything about it, after a month... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 3/29/2012

    " This one brought me back to Paris and Southern France, where I lived for such a long time. Tough times in the French underground(s).... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 10/12/2011

    " So far, this series has not let me down. They may not be master works of literature but they are smart, engaging thrillers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bazbal666 | 9/20/2011

    " What else can I say abour Furst except I'm psyched to read the whole series. Another great one. "

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

    " Paris again, continuing the story of Casson "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 2/14/2011

    " As usual, a fun read from Alan Furst. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lou | 11/2/2010

    " Sequel to The World at Night carries on the story in a very interesting way. There's no better writer of the period 1930's Germany. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 8/4/2010

    " I love his atmospherics and the way he realistically catches the flavor of awful times and human ability to cope with them, without unrealistically one sided heroics. We could do with someone like him writing about our own 'scoundrel times' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 4/16/2010

    " This is a sequel to The World at Night. Hope there are more. the hero is a French Film Producer who becomes involved with the underground. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Griff | 11/2/2009

    " Spy thriller set in Vichy, France during early part of WWII "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 9/28/2009

    " A beautiful evocation of World War II Paris under the Germans. Furst is one of the best working writers alive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cfenno | 7/6/2009

    " This book started out slow, picked up a little in the middle, then ended with a fizzle. It wasn't bad enough to stop reading midway, but there are plenty of other espionage thrillers out there that are a lot more thrilling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 6/23/2009

    " I found no similarity to Casablanca as claimed by some reviews. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 6/22/2009

    " episodic, casablancesque love story, great French Resistance spy story, intriguing characters, killer ending "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 6/7/2009

    " Tense and engrossing, Furst gives us a second, closer look at Jean Casson, the Parisian film-producer-turned-reluctant-spy, from 'The World at Night.' Here he gives us a convincing glimpse into the shadowed, dangerous, suspicious world of the Resistance in wartime Paris. "

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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-eight AudioFile Earphones 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.