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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: June 2006 ISBN: 9780743564564
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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.” 

    Economist

  • “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 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 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 Johnsergeant | 2/19/2014

    " Rented from Recorded Books "

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

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristen | 2/10/2014

    " This was a well-written book that has received a lot of praise, but I found it a little slow. It did pick up toward the end but it didn't really hold my interest... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 1/18/2014

    " Another good espionage thriller from the reigning master (Pre-second World War sub-genre). With Robert B. Parker gone, Furst is my only remaining guilty pleasure. And not so very guilty, as his novels are smart and well plotted with excellent characters. I particularly liked the focus in this book on Italian emigres and the Spanish Civil War vignette was excellent. Like some of his other recent novels, the ending was sort of quick and abrupt, but we all know what happened after September 1940 anyway, and the idea that none of his characters will escape what is to come elevates a bit the sudden end of the stories. Actually, the reader's knowledge of what is to come adds a melancholy feeling to the action. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meg - A Bookish Affair | 1/17/2014

    " I had a very hard time getting into this book. There were too many characters to keep track of and I was not fond of the author's writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaci | 1/13/2014

    " 1938 in France with antifascist journalist...great writing and great ending. "

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

    " My first Furst (say that 3 times fast...) and I loved it! Really atmospheric and a pre-war time period. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Dettman | 11/25/2013

    " THIS BOOK WAS OK BUT I COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER IF IT WAS LONGER! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mackenzie | 11/9/2013

    " It took a bit to get into, but eventually it started clipping along. I think it helped that as the book progressed, the writing seemed to get a bit more concise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisa Tazioli | 10/27/2013

    " Great spy novel set in Europe during the late 1930's, journalists working under cover in Paris supporting the anti-facist movement in Italy. Well written, fun read. Plot was good but I was a little disappointed with the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug Howgate | 9/25/2013

    " A little slower than some of his better work. Still excellent "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 9/25/2012

    " Excellent and atmospheric "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Georgia | 3/6/2012

    " Took me a while to get going. I guess this is not my favorite genre. But overall a decent read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 2/8/2012

    " I had to go back & listen to parts of this book more than once. I think Furst is a good writer, but listening to a book with non-English names is a little difficult. And I usually listen to books at night when I am tired. But I will READ more of Furst's spy novels as I think he is a good writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/29/2012

    " A slightly lighter tone adds pace to the story, a tale that gets you thinking about how being right only matters if you survive to tell the truth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 12/4/2011

    " A pretty good, standard spy novel set in Europe just prior to the start of WWII. Not too action-packed (I was surprised by this), but this definitely held my attention - and made me want to go back to Paris! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 6/19/2011

    " Nice, atmospheric. Ending kind of sappy... felt like a cop out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pippin | 6/7/2011

    " atmospheric, but seemed too much like a twenty-something fantasy set in WWII "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 5/21/2011

    " Great espionage story: Romantic, adventurous with lots of intrigue in pre-WWII Genoa, Berlin and Paris. I like his stories! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ddelmoni | 5/6/2011

    " My first Furst (say that 3 times fast...) and I loved it! Really atmospheric and a pre-war time period. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lara | 5/4/2011

    " Minimal plot but exceptional Resistance in Paris atmospherics. "

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

    " Spies in Paris and Berlin in 1938 and 1939 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 4/24/2011

    " Slow, internal spy novel set in Paris/Europe (though locations barely important - no scenic vistas here) during lead-in to WW2. Some repetitive writing, but generally intriguing, if not gripping. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jandblock | 3/8/2011

    " I liked it a lot, like the author. Almost all of his books take place around WWII in Europe, this one is primarily in Paris about 1939. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn (in SC) C234D | 3/4/2011

    " A very good book. The author creates a great atmosphere, filled with suspense. I enjoyed another of his novels, BLOOD OF VICTORY, also set in pre/early WWII, a few years ago. I must find more of his work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stas | 12/23/2010

    " A bit too much romance. But what I really minded was the following phrase referring to Molotov-Ribbentrop pact: "French and British swains sang to the Soviet maiden in the enchanted forest, but she only giggled and ran away. Towards Germany". That's just vulgar.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hanley5545 | 11/13/2010

    " First I read from Furst....impressive...because on top of the great story was the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War told from Paris by Italian ex pats....what a tumble!! The Sun also Rises type flavor "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine | 11/4/2010

    " Poor development of characters and very slow moving make this hard to keep reading. Ending unsatisfactory in pulling threads of story to a conclusion. "

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About the Author
Author Alan FurstAlan 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, Red Gold, Kingdom of Shadows, Blood of Victory, and Dark Voyage. Born in New York, he has lived for long periods in France, especially Paris. He now lives on Long Island, New York. Visit the author's website at AlanFurst.net.
About the Narrator

Alfred Molina is a three-time Tony nominee. His many films include An Education, Abduction, Spider-Man 2, Frida, Magnolia, Chocolat, Boogie Nights, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Prick Up Your Ears, Enchanted April, and Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes. On television he portrayed Deputy D. A. Ricardo Morales on Law & Order: LA and Eric Sanders on Harry’s Law.