This book worked for me on many levels: It is a suspenseful thriller; it kept me interested in the characters and the plot (which I found believable); and it was EXCEPTIONALLY well produced and performed by a very large cast of talented actors. I have hundreds of books in my library, and It is one of the few I will listen to again. This isn't just a keeper but one I will recommend to all my friends who are thinking about exploring audible books.
This book does not hook you unless you're terminally filled with angst from a failed marriage and being professional maligned. The full cast performance does not add to the story; instead it is a distraction where more time is spent trying to juggle which voice corresponds to which character. It is an interesting look inside the CIA from a disaffected former employee. I certainly hope that is not what it is really like. I would like a few hours of my life and my precious monthly credit back.
“Favorite authors- Nevada Barr, Craig Johnson, Louise Penny. Narrators, Marguerite Gavin, , George Guidall.”
Well written and well narrated by a full cast. This is an author to keep an eye on because she's going places. An inside look at the CIA by a former employee written in the guise of fiction, full of black humor and satire. Some readers will think it's over the top but If you've ever worked for the government you will recognize your department in these pages.
I don't mean to ruin the book for you - but iraq wasn't the cause of the twin tower attacks. I just saved you 10 hours of audio... I really wanted to like this book but nothing happens. If you like to hear about bureaucracy and how the government is slow and the tedious daily lives of those in the CIA is, then this is the book for you.
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
I love to read/listen to spy novels. Stories of the FBI or CIA or Navy Seals keep me up at night because they are so full of excitement.
This book takes place in an office environment, a dour miserable underground place where researchers are crowded together, harassed by their bosses to work 20 hour days and have their work shipped back to their desk because the leaders don't like it.
It's a fascinating inside view of the CIA from the grunt labor researchers point of view...and has a bit of excitement too.
The author was a member of the kind of team she writes about and has a lot to say-you can tell she is venting a bit. There is humor too, there has to be humor when you work in a place like this.
My only complaint is the wretched job the audio editor did merging the different narrators together....The acoustics were poorly handled and it got to bother me after listening to what was supposed to be a conversation face-to-face and hearing totally different acoustics from the two characters....it was very poorly handled and detracts from the otherwise great listen.
Kudos to Susan Hasler for her work....I hope she has another book in her.
Bridget Jones Diary meets The China Syndrome. Very funny book and perfect for anyone who is frustrated by what the 'higher ups' do to the frontline workers everywhere. I thought the ending was a tad weak, but hey...it's her first book! Hope she writes more!
It got really good reviews but I'm only
in chapter 2 about to call it quits. I get that this is serious stuff but I feel like someone is trying to choke me with sadness. Did I mention I'm
only in chapter 2? Someone please tell me this is worth continuing! Please?
Interesting story, but I felt as though it was just a vehicle to trash Bush. Have no idea what the author was going for with her sections of dialog from a dead guy.
Makes one wonder about national security and the integrity of the people we place great trust in if even some of this story has truth to it. Office politics at its highest and lowest.
The audible book was can't put down exciting and was performed almost like a lay with many different and very good actors playing different characters. I loved it.
can't remember; read it a while ago.