The best audio book so far for me. Rich in characters and a top-notch narration.
One little annoyance is the author's obvious disdain of Ronald Reagan. His character reminded me of the SNL Phil Hartman imitation which was goofy and cartoonish.
What was totally omitted was Carter's inept handling of the middle east.
I have to agree with one of the other reviewers: Scott Brick's style of reading the book becomes annoying real quick - and the book is too long for that. As a non-native listener I also have to add that he is really hard to understand sometimes - much more so than any of the other voices I have heard on Audible so far.
First book (physical or audio) I've given up on in the middle in years. Made it to middle of part 2 (of 6); about 8 hrs. of 40 hrs. Too many characters, places, times, subplots, .... Perhaps if I was outlining the book for a course I could keep it all together but as far as entertainment goes, forget about it. I ordered it based on ratings and length. I figured a nice long enjoyable title would be great. The operative word was enjoyable. This isn't.
They never offered the ability to return back when I got this one or it would not be in my library now. I like spy novels, Bourne, Jack Ryan, etc but while those do have some gratuitous language and violence this one goes beyond my ability to listen.
This is so long spanning 50 years, loses you everywhere. No plot, no point. Garbage, waste of 40 hours if you choose to stick it through.
boring, no plot, thinks he is a historian
First of all, this book might have been a lot better if it was narrated by someone else. Someone with a little more emotion who didn't try to make everyone sound Russian. Being better at female voices wouldn't hurt either.
I was looking for a long book to listen to and being a fan of Tom Clancy novels I thought this might be an interesting book. I hate to say it, but I thought this book was rather lame. The overall story wasn't too bad, but it seemed poorly connected. There are no chapters in this book and the narrator rarely pauses for any length of time so most of the book feels like one long run on sentence.
I think the author could have come up with better code names though. 'The Sorcerer' and 'The Wiz'. Seriously?? That's the best you could come up with? I think real names would have made the story easy to follow and give the characters a little more familiarity. At least then the narrator wouldn't have tried to keep saying them with so much efficacious as if they were names from Lord of the Rings.
Most of the book was just boring and gritty stuff. The new recruit 'Training Exercise" was probably the most exciting part of the book, with the least interesting part being the "I want to be your friend! Please open up to me" B/S where one of The Company guys lies and pretends he wants to become friends with some emotionally damaged and unloved Russian woman who happened to have access to Russian secrets.
Maybe - but be prepared to skip chunks of it
Wow, look at all the 5 star reviews! It was an interesting read (listen) but I completely agree with the reviewer that say it's too long. Many times during this one I kept shouting "get on with it!". When it does get going again it's great, and it's fun how the author wove actual events into the tale, but man it does drag one endlessly over details we don't really need to know...
I bought this book because so many of the reviews seemed to say it was almost life changing it was so good. It was only life changing in that it made for some background noise in my car. It is so incredibly long with far too much minutia of detail that adds nothing. There are a few gripping parts that make you want to keep on listening but they are so sparse that its just not worth it. I'm 21h into the book and giving up. It would probably have been a great book in an abridged form, but as is, it is just simply far too long to keep my attention and I am moving on. On the upside, the performance of it is very good.
This is a 3 part book agonizingly stretched into 8......if you aren't in a coma now...you will be after this.....zzzzzzzz.