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...
"Ideally complex, intelligent, hugely intriguing, Furst is in a class of his own" (William Boyd on Night Soldiers)
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Leasurely paced second world war drama
Best: interesting setting, and some original characters.
Worst: the slow, and occasionally slightly dull, narration was sometimes out of sync with the more dramatic parts of the novel.
Too slow, as if deliberately trying to drag it out. The dialogue would have been improved in many areas with a faster and more expressive delivery.
Decent story, but some of the characters could have been fleshed out a bit more.
Performance ruins possibly good book
I would try Alan Furst again (largely because my husband recommends him so highly) but I would never listen to anything by Daniel Gerroll again. He has ruined this book for me. He adopts a laconic style that on the whole makes him sound bored as soon as he begins. The worst thing about him is that his stress patterns are all over the place which actually makes it difficult to follow the meaning at times and I find myself more focused on mentally correcting his stress and intonation all the way through rather than concentrating on the story so I keep losing the thread! The only reason I have stuck with it so far is that my husband tells me Alan Furst is so good. He must be so disappointed with this reading. If I had written it I would be devastated by this performance. Thankfully only forty minutes left to listen to!
I haven't actually got to the end yet. I will steel myself to get through the next half an hour!
Sean Barrett or Dan Stevens, neither of whom ever disappoint or possibly Saul Reichlin. In fact I have discovered really enjoyable authors that I had never read or even heard of by going to these actors' collections and choosing one of those.to listen to.
It's difficult really to remember any particular scene as it all merges into one dreary whole
Buy the book and read it instead of wasting a credit on listening to this version of it