The story seemed to be more about the main character and his inability to figure out who he really was, than any plot.
One of the skills of a narrator is to make it clear what character is talking by the tone he selects for the characters voice, and I have to congratulate Grover Gardner. How he was able to keep track of characters in this story blew my mind.
After reading the Company which I thought was an outstanding book, I was raring to go on this one, and I find it difficult to put into words how disappointed I was. I listened to the whole story and if someone asked me to summarize what it was about.....other than some odd character struggling to figure out who he actually was, I would have to say that I have no idea what the plot was about! To be fair, he did introduce some very interesting characters, but what seemed to be missing was a plot and structure to hold them all together. The book seemed to lurch from one weird incident to the next.
I bought this book because I enjoyed the TV series inspired by it. Only the basic premise was the same and this was a bit of a let down. Once I got over the difference between the book and the series, I started to enjoy the book a little more.
It was boring and repetitive. Even the suspense, such as it was, was boring.
Possibly. It's the first book I've read by Littell. Even my favorite authors sometimes write books I don't care for. And a different narrator might have helped immensely.
Different narrator. Every sentence was declarative. They all sounded the same, even with the accents. Every character sounded the same, even those that he voiced differently.
Every repetition. It seems like several whole passages were repeated. One small example is the description of how Fred dressed. We didn't need to hear twice about her pantsuit with the wide legs and frilly shirt. There were others. The book could probably have been cut by an hour by editing out all the needless repetition.
I wanted to read this because I am watching the television series. It's hard to see how one came from the other. Only the names are the same. The characters themselves are completely different. Sometimes it is a good thing to read the source novel, other times not so good. This was a not so good time.
yes, it's a captivating story
yes, fallowing the story time line jumping around makes for a interesting story.
The way the different legends entangle
The reader did a good job but the storyline kept moving back and forth in time to such an extent that the plot line got lost. The main characters various "legends" were not interesting enough to warrant the time spent on them. Some may like the uniqueness of the story telling, but it was not for me.
Focused more on the core storyline and less on the multiple "legends".
Mr. Gardner did a good job on the various characters and their accents. My problem with this audiobook had nothing to do with his performance.
My reaction was one of some confusion and disappointment in the clutter in the story telling approach.
Every book by Littell has been a 5 star and this one keeps the streak alive. Great narration on this one. I have to put Littell in my top three of my espionage authors. I will definitely go through all his books. Highly recommend.
I could listen to Grover Gardner read the yellow pages.
But I doubt i would choose another book by Robert Littell. This book had too much narrative and too little action for my taste. In fact, I had to go back and listen to some of the book to remember what it was about.
I never understand why Audible asks this question.
Grover Gardner's voice makes me feel like I am reading the book
The only inspiration I got was not to get another book of his. I have read other reviews of this author, and a lot of people really enjoy them. Guess his style of writing just does't work for me.
I wouldn't discourage anyone else to try it
The Company was a great book. This is, unfortunately only a so-so book. There are some good characterizations, but ultimately does not hold together as much of a book. Disappointing.
I really enjoyed Robert Littell's THE COMPANY... so I thought I would try this book. Not a bad story... but seemed to drag on too slowly. Also, I found the narrator's voice a bit tough to listen to. If you haven't already... listen to THE COMPANY over this book.
I know that this genre uses plot twists to keep the reader interested but this one went too far. Legends lacked a real story and was too farfetched even for a spy thriller. A real disappointment after The Company which even at 50 hours held my interest.