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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,734 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Furst Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2005 ISBN:
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The World at Night is an edge-of-your-seat World War II tale of intrigue and espionage, set in the shadowy back streets and glittering salons of occupied Paris. Film producer Jean Casson, a Paris sophisticate, struggles to come to terms with the uncomfortable realities of life under German occupation, as he becomes caught up in the initial actions of what was to become the French Resistance.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lou | 2/10/2014

    " Paris in the '30 as seen through the eyes of a Parisian artist/reluctant spy. It's seems like I'm seeing a noir black and white movie of the '30s in my head. WAY better than movies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bazbal666 | 2/8/2014

    " Another totally enjoyable Furst. My favorite thing about this one was that not a whole lot happened, he just lived like a frenchman in difficult times, a little spyin' and a little sleepin' around. Viva la France! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/6/2014

    " As usual, Furst opens a window into the world of European history by creating another fully-realized and sympathetic character to experience it for us. This time the setting is occupied France, where a patriotic movie producer finds himself drawn rather haphazardly into spy work. The tone and atmosphere are lovingly detailed, and Jean Casson is a wonderful point-of-view character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randy | 1/30/2014

    " Second Alan Furst book. WWII "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gigi | 1/20/2014

    " one of my all time favorite books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard Evert | 1/20/2014

    " The depiction of Paris is great, but I am baffled by the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Lindstrom | 1/4/2014

    " Another excellent thriller from Furst. I read the follow-up (Red Gold) about a year ago and I recommend reading this one first. It definitely sets the stage for both plot lines and character development. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Refuse Tostate | 12/20/2013

    " I think this book accurately conveys the feeling of ordinary life during World War II. Also very exciting story, sympathetic characters, beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 11/23/2013

    " actually currently listening to the george guidel read unabridged version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hollis | 11/12/2013

    " I picked this up at random from the new books shelf at the library and really enjoyed it. It effectively captured the fear and uncertainty of the German occupation of Paris without any actual violence. I'm inspired to read more of his "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 8/30/2013

    " I was very engaged by the well drawn characters of this story until the ending which failed to satisfy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 8/2/2013

    " Furst has an uncanny ability to teach history while engrossing his readers in an individual's daily life. His inclusion of small details brings dimension to the story, and provides a real sense of his protagonists intellectual and emotional make-up. Truly a fantastic novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger Wright | 5/10/2013

    " This was my first novel by Alan Furst and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I've since read (actually, listened to) 5 or 6 more by this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 R. Honey | 12/20/2012

    " Hard to read and I usually hate all French characters in book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 12/6/2012

    " A view of Paris during the German occupation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peter Bellin | 12/4/2012

    " The NY Times loves this guy but his writing leaves me cold. No John le Carre. No Graham Greene. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miste | 11/18/2012

    " Confusing, disjointed, disconnected, hard to follow. It was like it was a rough draft and the author never got around to filling in the gaps. I was never really sure what was going on in the book and what the point was. I think it could have been good but it was just too disjointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 4/1/2012

    " Another good historical spy novel by Furst. I had read the sequel to this and enjoyed it as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 1/15/2012

    " A movie producer is drawn into working against the German occupation in WWII era Paris. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 gargamelscat | 6/10/2011

    " Very reluctant to pick this intially up as the subject matter didn't seem appealing. But the characterisation of Casson, an insider's outsider in the cosy French haute bourgeoise of the 16th Arrondissement, was very compelling and sympathetic.


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 6/1/2011

    " I didn't like this one as much as his others, but the setting of WWII occupied Paris was indeed haunting. It was an interesting view of decisions different characters made to survive the German occupation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 5/29/2011

    " I am, generally speaking, a Furst fan (just can't quite remember the details of this one). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenneth | 3/16/2011

    " It was one of Furst's good books with a hero who was a common person. High on testosterone. It left it with the unknown, you could take it either way. "

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

    " A dark shadowy read about a dark, shadowy time: Paris, 1940. Very enjoyable, and a surprise ending! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhw199 | 2/15/2011

    " This was my first novel by Alan Furst and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I've since read (actually, listened to) 5 or 6 more by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 2/6/2011

    " Another excellent thriller from Furst. I read the follow-up (Red Gold) about a year ago and I recommend reading this one first. It definitely sets the stage for both plot lines and character development.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dougzilla | 1/6/2011

    " I am a big fan of Alan Furst. I loved this. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alistair | 12/16/2010

    " it is a pity that there isn't a no star category .
    i really don't know who reads all these Furst novels because this is the first plotless thriller i have read full of Paris cliches and featuring an empty invisible man as its hero . Absolute tosh with all the atmosphere of a used teabag . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lou | 12/6/2010

    " Paris in the '30 as seen through the eyes of a Parisian artist/reluctant spy. It's seems like I'm seeing a noir black and white movie of the '30s in my head. WAY better than movies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 10/8/2010

    " Much better than the Polish Officer. Very entertaining depiction of how an average citizen might get pulled and twisted into involvement in occupied France. "

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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.