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  • Midnight In Europe

  • By: Alan Furst
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Paris, 1938. A shadow edges over Europe, while in Spain the war has already begun. Cristián Ferrar, a handsome Spanish lawyer in Paris, is approached to help a clandestine agency supply weapons to beleaguered Republican forces and agrees, putting his life on the line. Joining Ferrar is an unlikely group of allies: including Max de Lyon, a man hunted by the Gestapo, and the Marquesa Maria Cristina, a refined beauty with a taste for danger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Read, but Too Leisurely.

  • By Clive Byerley on 03-07-2016

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.

  • Mission To Paris

  • By: Alan Furst
  • Narrated by: Daniel Gerroll
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Autumn 1939, war has been declared, and though bullets and bombs are yet to fly, Frederic Stahl’s decision to shoot a film in Paris seems ill-advised. Soon after his arrival, Stahl is drawn into a clandestine world of foreign correspondents, and spies of every sort. As a celebrity from neutral America - who can travel across the continent freely - Stahl could be very useful indeed...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Style Over Content?

  • By Clive Byerley on 29-06-2016

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!

  • The Lady from Zagreb

  • A Bernie Gunther Novel
  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

In 1942,there are worse places to be than Zurich, and detective Bernie Gunther has seen his fair share of them. So when a superior asks him to track down a glamorous German actress believed to be hiding in Zurich, he takes the job. The actress, it emerges, is the daughter of a fanatical Croatian fascist, the sadistic commandant of a notorious concentration camp, and Bernie finds himself involved in something much more sinister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best in a great series!

  • By Clive Byerley on 20-06-2016

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!"

  • We Shall Inherit the Wind

  • Varg Veum
  • By: Gunnar Staalesen
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

It's 1998. Varg Veum sits by the hospital bedside of his long-term girlfriend, Karin, whose life-threatening injuries provide a deeply painful reminder of the mistakes he's made. Investigating the seemingly innocent disappearance of a wind-farm inspector, Varg Veum is thrust into one of the most challenging cases of his career, riddled with conflicts, environmental terrorism, religious fanaticism, unsolved mysteries and dubious business ethics.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too Many Names, Mr. Stalesen!

  • By Clive Byerley on 12-06-2016

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.

  • The Spies of Warsaw

  • By: Alan Furst
  • Narrated by: Daniel Gerroll
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Autumn 1937: War is coming to Europe, and French and German intelligence operatives are locked in a life-and-death struggle on the espionage battlefield. At the French embassy, the new military attaché, Colonel Jean-François Mercier, a decorated hero of the 1914 war, is drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal, and intrigue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling Storytelling with Gifted Narration.

  • By Clive Byerley on 10-03-2016

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.

  • Night Soldiers

  • By: Alan Furst
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel, New York Times best-selling author Alan Furst takes listeners back to the early days of World War II for a dramatic novel of intrigue and suspense.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a fascinating journey

  • By john on 02-08-2016

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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  • Red Gold

  • By: Alan Furst
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

In Red Gold, Jean Casson returns to Paris under a new identity. As a fugitive from the Gestapo, he must somehow struggle to survive in the shadows and backstreets. He is determined to stay clear of trouble, yet, as the war drags on, Casson begins, inevitably, to drift back into the dangerous world of resistance and sabotage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More of the Same, or Further Joys in Store!

  • By Clive Byerley on 26-02-2016

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!"

  • Exceptional Clearance

  • By: William Caunitz
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

A madman is loose in New York, leaving a trail of slain women in his wake. With each new victim, the appetite of the media grows, until a full-fledged feeding frenzy is underway. Even more treacherous, a tragedy from the killer’s past has him bent on revenge against the entire city police force. Enter Detective John Vinda--one cop who doesn’t mind bending the rules a little bit to bring the vicious murderer to justice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fine Narration and Fast Pace.

  • By Clive Byerley on 25-02-2016

Fine Narration and Fast Pace.

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

Reviewed: 25-02-2016

George Guidall isTHE master of narration; each character is brought to life with amazing vocal skill and deft characterisation. There are sufficient plot twists to keep the listener engaged in this police procedural. For me though the sure touch of Guidall is thereasonI chose this; if he reads it, it must be worthwhile!