This is an exquisitely written, exquisitely narrated book. The language is like fine brandy, the story heady and intricate. I have never read Atwood so this was a first for me and i could not be more impressed. This is no simple tale, it is a story within a story within a story, yet the narrator did a fine job of keeping all the stories distinct. I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to be lulled into another world.
Once past the brief story question opening, I found myself thinking: BORINGGGGGG!!!!, and there is still 39 hours and 40 minutes to go!! Well, I hate listening to the news, its so depressing, and silence tends to make me fall asleep thereby greatly impacting my ability to stay in the correct lane of traffic, so I decided to persevere and, by and by, I got hooked. I would tend to attribute a portion of this to the excellent narration of Scott Brick who brought the characters completely alive. Except for a number of technical and/or historical inaccuracies and oversights and despite the fact that Mr. Littell tends to paint the CIA with the brush of sainthood, something anyone with a smidgen of historical knowledge knows to be far from the truth, this was, overall, an engaging story with engaging characters. Was it worth 40 plus hours of commute time? You bet!
This was absolutely wonderful. I have never had the occasion to read a Nelson DeMille novel but with this one now under my belt, I plan to go for more. I found the protagonist glib, witty and completely engaging. His relationship and dialogue with the female FBI agent, not to mention nearly everyone else he encounters, are memorable. Many were the moments when I was laughing so hard, tears were rolling down my cheeks. And the antagonist! Now here is a totally evil dude. And yet, despite the fact that you want to see this guy slowly skinned and dipped in brine water, there are moments when you find yourself reluctantly sympathizing with him. This is no easy task for a writer to accomplish but Mr. DeMille handles it with a deft and feathered touch. The secondary characters through out are engaging and well rounded, especially the Russian agent, and the narration by Scott Brick was superb. All in all, this is a first rate novel and well worth the price of admission.
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