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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Furst Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Night Soldiers Series Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781442342491
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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’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, making even secondary figures such as shadowy presences from British intelligence and Nazi minders more than cartoon stereotypes. Through the exploits of his understated hero, Furst presents a potent portrait of Europe on the eve of WWII.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Alan Furst’s smoky ‘noir’ novels are addictive, and no less are George Guidall’s smoke-and-gravel performances of them.”


  • “Furst fans will delight in identifying the various characters from earlier novels who make cameos here, but that’s only a pleasant aperitif, like greeting old friends at your favorite restaurant. The real pleasure is the meal itself, and Furst serves another delicious helping of Paris suspended in a brief moment of time when everyone waited for something to happen, good or bad: ‘Il faut en fenir’ (There must be an end to this). Fortunately, for Furst readers, not quite yet.” 


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

Listener Opinions

  • 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.


  • 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

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.