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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,727 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Furst Narrator: Alfred Molina Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Night Soldiers Series Release Date:
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From Alan Furst, bestselling author of Blood of Victory and Dark Voyage, comes a thrilling saga of everyday people forced by their hearts’ passion to fight in the war against tyranny.

Paris, a winter night in 1938. There has been a murder-suicide at a discreet lovers’ hotel—but this is no romantic tragedy. It is the work of the OVRA, Mussolini’s fascist secret police, and is meant to eliminate the editor of Liberazione, a clandestine émigré newspaper. Carlo Weisz, a foreign correspondent with the Reuters bureau, becomes the new editor.

Weisz is, at that moment, in Spain, reporting on the last campaign of the Spanish civil war. But as soon as he returns to Paris, he is pursued by the French Sûreté, by agents of the OVRA, and by officers of the British Secret Intelligence Service. In the desperate politics of Europe on the edge of war, a foreign correspondent is a pawn, worth surveillance, or blackmail, or murder.

The story of a secret war fought in elegant hotel bars and first-class railway cars, in the mountains of Spain and the back streets of Berlin, The Foreign Correspondent is Alan Furst at his absolute best—taut and powerful, enigmatic and romantic, with sharp, seductive writing that takes listeners through darkness and intrigue to a spectacular denouement.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Furst delivers edgy eloquence and menace lurking everywhere in the night and fog. With each new book the number of devotees grows, and critics acclaim anew that he’s the best espionage writer in the world. That sounds about right.” 

    New York Daily News

  • “Furst excels at period atmosphere, which he conjures up, not with a litany of facts absorbed and reproduced, but with light touches that suggest the broader scene. His characters are wonderfully human: complex and ambiguous, fearful and determined, but people who, when need be, can gather their courage and do what needs to be done. Mr. Furst is a subtle, economical writer who knows precisely when to stop a sentence.” 


  • “You could call Furst’s genre ‘literary espionage,’ and he infuses it with painterly description, nuanced dialogue, and elegant turns of phrase…Weisz, Ferrara, Kolb, and many others, playing parts large or small in a perilous hour of human history, make for splendid company.” 

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • “Furst’s reputation as one of today’s best writers, in any genre, is further solidified by this gripping historical thriller with echoes of Graham Greene…Furst excels at characterization…A potent portrait of Europe on the eve of WWII.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2007 Barry Award Finalist for Best Thriller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Luke | 2/20/2014

    " A gloomy world war II journalist slowly being entangled in the resistance movement. A gripping idea but I need more than an idea to call a book good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Robert Rosenberg | 2/20/2014

    " great book about prewar europe "

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

    " Rented from Recorded Books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sskous | 2/11/2014

    " as ever, 4 stars for the good read. "

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