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Red Gold Audiobook

Red Gold

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Publisher's Summary

In this sequel to the acclaimed The World at Night, reluctant spy Jean Casson returns in another haunting and atmospheric thriller set in the shadows of occupied Paris.

In The World at Night, Alan Furst introduced film producer Jean Casson, who is forced by the German occupation of Paris to abandon his civilised lifestyle and falls into the world of espionage and double agents - until he is forced to flee the country.

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 back streets. 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.

©1999 Alan Furst (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"This innovative and gripping novel eloquently transports us back to a different era and a different world." (Amazon.com review)

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  • Darwin8u
    Mesa, AZ, United States
    21/07/13
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    "Continues the saga of Jean Casson"

    A decent follow-up to 'The World At Night', 'Red Gold' continues the saga of Jean Casson's struggle to survive both morally and physically in Nazi occupied and collaborating France.

    I prefer Furst's novels that center on Eastern European characters ('the Polish Officer', 'Dark Star', 'Night Soldiers') instead of French, but it is hard to deny that even though it isn't a major Furst novel, it is still a highly readable one. Using Jean Casson allows Furst to explore the world of those French collaborators, profiteers, and elites of Pétain's France who refused to see the German occupiers for what they were. Furst clearly demarks the fragmented France that was left after Germany's invasion and the Vichy collaboration.

    This novel should be read closely with 'A World at Night'. Like I wrote about that novel, even though I find this to be a minor Furst novel, it is context that matters. Most spy novelists don't approach the art or the skill of a minor Furst novel. So enjoy.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Old Squid
    Los Angeles, CA
    25/06/10
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    "Another Furst masterpiece"

    This latest Furst is another great, atmospheric story of Europe during World War II -- the ordinary and not-so-ordinary human beings who lived every day through terrible times, doing what they thought they had to do just to survive but also to make the world better. Furst takes the reader back into a world we can only imagine now, and brings it completely to life. The grubby details of daily life under totalitarian regimes (in this case, Paris during the Occupation)are very real in Furst's telling, as is the nature of heroism -- ordinary people impelled, for their own reasons, to brave acts of resistance, sabotage, and espionage. George Guidall's reading heightens the atmosphere and brings the characters to life -- his dry, wry, world-weary tone is just perfect for Furst's works, and his adept characterizations help us visualize these people.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • John
    NJ, United States
    18/11/14
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    "Unsatifying story"

    Same lead character as book one, but the story just didn't grab me. Felt like too many different threads maybe, and not enough holding it all together? not sure, but just wasn't as good as previous.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ruth
    BUTTE, MT, United States
    25/08/13
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    "Soooo Depressing"

    Well, its about Nazi's crushing the human soul. I love George Guidall, but this story was depressing and kept on with a main character that had few redeeming qualities. For me, a very bad choice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Franz
    11/11/16
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    "Yes."

    Great book, perfectly read. It's hard to go wrong with Alan Furst. If you like his other books, you won't be disappointed with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. J. O. Patterson
    Germantown, TN United States
    29/02/16
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    "Not a good choice for one's first Furst"

    The author continues to do a remarkable job of vividly painting a portrait of war-torn Europe. However the storyline drags oh so slowly. Would not recommend this to the novice Alan Furst reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eva
    11/05/15
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    "Terrific, as always"

    A bit hard to follow, several characters, several story lines but Furst is a master of spy-noir and his history is perfect. Guidall is a master. I'd listen to him read a phone book. Accents, voice levels, genders and nationalities are all spot-on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ellen
    abingdon, VA, United States
    27/10/10
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    "red gold"

    pretty good, was slow at times, narrator great, not sure of ending though, may try another of this author

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lonnie C. Pogue
    San Diego, CA USA
    12/03/13
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    "couldn't get into this book."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better story and performance.


    Has Red Gold turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I've read other books by Alan Furst and enjoyed them. This one came up short.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It may have been an OK book, but I couldn't get interested in the characters. I know it was a grim time, but it was also an energetic time.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not much.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish I could........but no.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Neil
    Bedford, TX, United States
    18/05/13
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    "Unpleasant Listen"
    What would have made Red Gold better?

    The story line was uncomfortable and I dropped it part way through. The first bad book I have listened to on Audible.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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