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3.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 5 3.71 (31 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: August 2005 ISBN: 9781436125550
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September 1939. As Warsaw falls to Hitler’s Wehrmacht, Captain Alexander de Milja is recruited by the intelligence service of the Polish underground. His mission: to transport the national gold reserve to safety, hidden on a refugee train to Bucharest. Then, in the back alleys and black-market bistros of Paris, in the tenements of Warsaw, with partisan guerrillas in the frozen forests of the Ukraine, and at Calais Harbor during an attack by British bombers, de Milja fights in the war of the shadows in a world without rules, a world of danger, treachery, and betrayal.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the best novels of the year…Brilliant.”

    Robert Harris, New York Times bestselling author of Conspirata

  • “Brilliantly imagined, vividly drawn, rich with incident and detail…The Polish Officer portrays ordinary men and women caught out on the sharp edge of military intelligence operations in wartime: the partisans, saboteurs, resistance fighters and idealistic volunteers risking their lives in causes that seem lost.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “[A] riveting ‘pure’ story…Wonderfully exact…Transcends the spy novel while delivering everything any fan of le Carré could ask for.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Alan Furst [is] the most literate and inspired American writing espionage novels today.”

    Forbes

  • “Brilliant…You can almost hear the chained wheels of the Gestapo car on the snow, the whack of bullets in the moonlit Polish forests, the quietness of occupied Paris by night.”

    Observer (London)

  • “Clear, reticent prose…Furst’s understated narrative is insightful and convincing…Thrilling and at times inspiring.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This well-written, realistic novel by the author of A Distant War paints a vivid picture of the grayness and despair of the German occupation. Recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Beautifully written, powerfully imagined, and riveting as pure story…The book is a triumph.”

    Charles McCarry, author of Christopher’s Ghosts

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/18/2014

    " Furst has a gift for making his main characters extremely distinctive despite all operating at roughly the same time and space. Alexander de Milja, the title character of The Polish Officer is memorable indeed: aristocratic, resigned to death, and very good at being more than one person when necessary. The book involves several dramatic set-pieces (a tense and violent train journey fleeing Nazi-occupied Poland; a nighttime harbor bombing; a desperate jail break) and explores the untenable situation of Poland in World War Two, caught between the pincers of the Nazis and the Soviets. De Milja's character arc is understated and enjoyable, and the book is as usual full of fun little call-backs to his other books (I noticed this time that he blew up the ship that the hero of Dark Star was traveling on at the beginning of his book). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trina | 2/7/2014

    " I like these Furst spy stories a lot, but didn't like this one quite as much as Night Soldiers - it seemed less resolved. But there are two things I loved about this book. (1) Some of the most admirable characters, loyal resistance fighters etc. are old or fat or look unremarkable. This made the book less romantic and more real. (2) I love the portrayal of geographic settings, towns, villages, woods, rivers. I wanted a map in this book. I'll probably end up reading all these. They are really good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kiki Sayre | 2/6/2014

    " Love Furst's understated style and palpable atmosphere. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terry94705 | 2/1/2014

    " This book was OK, not offensive, not boring, not exciting. I was looking for a good spy series, in the mold of LeCarre, but this was not it, despite the review quotes pulled for the paperback cover. Rather than suspense, I think the author was going for a character study-- but the character, while honorable, is too opaque to be interesting. I did learn a bit (true, I hope) about the Polish situation in WWII, but one feels a bit uncertain about getting history from spy novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Holck | 1/29/2014

    " My favorite Furst so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/24/2014

    " Furst is inspired when it comes to capturing the mood of ordinary people in war - the crushing fear, the anger, and the tiny shred of hope that never quite goes away. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lance | 1/22/2014

    " I like all his atmospheric spy novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Houserlc | 1/17/2014

    " Tom really liked this. I liked it, but didn't go wild about it like he did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tatiana | 1/7/2014

    " Page turner, beautiful read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ursula | 1/7/2014

    " Not bad for an espionage book. Set during WWII in Poland, a novel on how to safe the Polish gold, and help refugees to escape as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Whitney | 12/26/2013

    " Sometimes when I read and my mind wanders I can read an entire page without actually absorbing anything I just read. I felt that that was happening to me throughout the entire book. There were a few interesting moments, but mostly it was just tedious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ylan Tran | 12/5/2013

    " After I finished the book, I felt like I just left a world that got me totally immersed in and nostalgic about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 11/29/2013

    " Focused on how the Polish tried to fight Hitler. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 11/11/2013

    " I'm reading Furst's books in the order written, and they get better and better. This one is set during the fall of Paris during WWII. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 5/26/2013

    " Excellent read with its blend of fact and fiction so tightly interwoven you can't see the seam. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gil | 4/30/2013

    " the best espionage guy going "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Aran | 4/5/2013

    " Gave up, got bored. My attention span is short these days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 12/29/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book and am currently on my 4th Alan Furst novel! Love learning about the World War II experience from the perspective of people from the other European countries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 7/12/2012

    " Set behind the German lines in WWII - a good change of pace for vacation reading - it is kind of like Suite Francaise meets the Bourne Identity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna Pujol | 7/7/2012

    " Howard and I are reading this one to each other. I love this author. He always writes about eastern Europe during World War II. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Kricheff | 2/26/2012

    " Polish army Captain Alexander de Milja is recruited by the intellegence service of the Polish government in exile to spy in occupied Europe at the start of WWII. A bit drawn out in the middle or richly detailed and imagined depending on your take. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bazbal666 | 1/6/2012

    " Furst just delivers, definitely going to be reading the whole series "

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

    " Feels a bit like a travelog through WWII and though I did find it a well written book, I don't know if I would say it was a "good read." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 5/13/2011

    " I'm reading Furst's books in the order written, and they get better and better. This one is set during the fall of Paris during WWII. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bert | 4/19/2011

    " This is the third book I have read in Alan Fursts novels with World War II settings. He has done his homework in the history of the times and in the armaments and othr tools of war in that era. The detail is impressive. Better yet, his plot is gripping and in scattered places his prose is eloquent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 3/10/2011

    " Thought Furst catches the period so well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ursula | 1/2/2011

    " Not bad for an espionage book. Set during WWII in Poland, a novel on how to safe the Polish gold, and help refugees to escape as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 1/1/2011

    " A terrific book from slam-bang start to satisfying conclusion. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Momruns5 | 10/29/2010

    " It was really cold. Didn't really get to know any of the characters. Just like a report. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck | 10/9/2010

    " Makes the horror of war real. Sad but rivoting.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brad | 10/6/2010

    " The Polish Officer is another of Alan Furst's wonderful World War II espionage novels. I have read several this year and they never disappoint. Furst is a joy. When I bog down on my serious reading, I grab one of Furst's books and it never fails to rejuvenate my energy for reading. "

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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.