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Clive Byerley

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Tiresome and slow

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-07-2019

If you’ve nothing better to do this is the best way to pass the time. If not skip!

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There has to be one!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-07-2019

This is the only disappointing book in this whole series. As always a magisterial performance by Harding but the story has a weak plot and a distinct by-the-book plot as if to meet publisher’s deadlines. Try any of the others - even better read them in chronological order!

Interesting concept- but...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-2019

An early work and the first in this series. The attempt at a ‘document ‘ based approach has led to clunky and distracting vocabulary that gets in the way of the story; I was waiting for an “he opined” so clumsily nineteenth century was the writing. Ends sudden instead of concluding so rally does not stand alone. A disappointment after Lumley’s wonderful vampire series.

Beautifully Read, but Too Leisurely.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-2016

Alan Furst's novel set in Paris in the run-up to World War Two has all his strengths and weaknesses; vivid evocation of time and place (you can smell the croissant) but the pace is ago ousting in places and the sex adds little except titillation. "Oh do get on!" was in my mind far too often. If you are hoping for an airport thrill, dear reader, move on. If you want to live with the central character on a daily basis and ' look over his shoulder' as he stumbles through intrigue then this is the book for you! Stay with it; you'll be glad you did.

Style Over Content?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-06-2016

Having listened to every other book in this stunning series this comes as a slight disappointment. The narration is excellent, his voice matches the content and his phrasing nearly faultless, yet the book has its longueurs. Action is delayed until the reader becomes impatient ( at least this reader); the sex does not add anything and serves only to slow even further pedestrian pace. Yet Alan Furst cannot write a bad book! Take the time, like a good lover, to explore every byway!

One of the best in a great series!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-06-2016

No author can maintain consistently his best efforts. Publishers pressure a book a year and the inventive muse will not be coerced; so it is with real pleasure I finally put down my ear plugs after several hours of enjoyment listening to 'The Lady From Zagreb'. Jeff Harding is in fine form; characters are clearly delineated, phrasing is immaculate and a cracking pace ensure that this gripping adventure is worthily presented. Having 'read' right more I can recommend confidently this engrossing and satisfying detective story set amidst the intrigues of Nazi Europe. If you like " Ve ask zer kvestions" thrillers then " zis is fur you!"

Too Many Names, Mr. Stalesen!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-2016

A satisfying conclusion to a weary tale that agonises through endless lists of names; who goes first, who follows on and on and on. Action too far apart, I said aloud , " Oh do get on!" More than once. Well read but needed editing.

Compelling Storytelling with Gifted Narration.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-2016

An effective historical novel should combine accurate background, tense plotting and a satisfying conclusion; added to this an effective audio book should have a performance that slips into the background because of effortless voice control and lifelike characterisation. The Spies of Warsaw combines all of these requirements. Allan Furst novels sometimes have the sex life of a bodice ripper but he shows restraint in this enjoyable tale of French pre-war espionage in Poland.

In a Class of its Own!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-02-2016

Would you consider the audio edition of Night Soldiers to be better than the print version?

This was my first encounter with Allan Furst's work, but I knew and trusted George Guidall to make the most of it. Was I in for a treat!

What did you like best about this story?

Furst's research is impeccable; not a false note or anachronism anywhere. Plotting is skillfull, surprising and totally involving.

What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I did not read or listen to Night Soldiers - I lived it! I binge-listened, gripped both by great writing and Guidall's masterly acting, for that is what he does. Guidall brings the characters to life in all their variety; women, girls, youths and mature men all find a voice in his superb narration.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Any additional comments?

If you are looking for a recreation of the thirties and the growing threat of Nazi tyranny, with men and women brave enough to melt your heart, then this is the book-and the series for you!

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More of the Same, or Further Joys in Store!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-02-2016

What made the experience of listening to Red Gold the most enjoyable?

George Guidall does not read this book he acts and interprets with seemingly effortless clarity and deftness. It helps if one has read the previous volume, but is not essential. The atmosphere Furst creates is sometimes uncomfortably real, nail biting and tense.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Gold?

The skill full plotting is a joy to hear, with sudden reversals, deaths unexpected and a satisfying resolution.

What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Guidall is a master! Yes, really. No other reader that I have heard brings such effective characterisation; he is male, female and a child, by turns. Most of all his seamless phrasing really allows the listener to relax in the hands of a master; he can scan the longest sentence for the natural rise and fall - no tacked-on unexpected phrases or premature sentence conclusions. He is the best I know - and I know plenty!

Any additional comments?

Furst tends to put in more sex scenes than I would like - they are well handled, but occasionally I find myself saying out loud, "Oh do get on!"