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Free: Homeland: Phantom Pain | [Glenn Gers]

Free: Homeland: Phantom Pain

Picking up at the end of Season Two after he has parted from Carrie at the border, Brody relates, in the form of a letter to Carrie, his desperate escape by sea and land as the world's most-hunted fugitive. Guided off the grid by a former CIA analyst and a battle-scarred French mercenary, he stays in the shadows...both physically and emotionally. But wherever he goes and whoever he meets, he cannot stop thinking about Carrie.
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Publisher's Summary

Emmy Award-winner Damian Lewis, who stars as Former Congressman and U.S. Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody in the hit series Homeland, narrates this original Homeland story of Brody's journey into exile. Picking up at the end of Season 2 after he has parted from Carrie at the border, Brody relates, in the form of a letter to Carrie, his desperate escape by sea and land as the world's most-hunted fugitive. Guided off the grid by a former CIA analyst and a battle-scarred French mercenary, he stays in the shadows...both physically and emotionally. But wherever he goes and whoever he meets, he cannot stop thinking about Carrie.

This powerful audio-only story is the perfect complement to your Season 3 viewing, and a great way for current and new fans to get to know what drives one of the most fascinating characters on television.

Don't miss new episodes of #Homeland Sundays at 9 PM ET/ PT. Only on #Showtime.

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    lennychuck Gallatin, Tennessee 11-27-13
    lennychuck Gallatin, Tennessee 11-27-13 Member Since 2013

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    "For Homeland Fans Only"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Free: Homeland: Phantom Pain to be better than the print version?

    Odd question as this is an audio-only exclusive.


    Would you recommend Free: Homeland: Phantom Pain to your friends? Why or why not?

    If they're watching Homeland, yes. It's a nice little tie-in to the series.


    Which character – as performed by Damian Lewis – was your favorite?

    Tough one since he really only performed the one character speaking in first person. So, I'll have to say Brody was my favorite character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction, really. It was a just a neat bonus content diversion before catching up on season 3.


    Any additional comments?

    Damian Lewis' performance is strong (as it should be since he's essentially reading a letter written by Brody). The story is tight and offers a little insight into the greater story presented in the series, at least inasmuch as how Brody is still trying to sell himself to Carrie.

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    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 11-25-13
    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 11-25-13 Member Since 2012

    Short and sweet reviews, Allentown pa

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    "fun"

    this was fun, never heard of the show but its a tie in to the next season
    was a good short story even though you start without any knowledge of what is going on.

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    Kali Walnut Creek, CA 11-17-13
    Kali Walnut Creek, CA 11-17-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Noir glimpse into Brody's life off-screen!"

    "You are truly the worst terrorist I have ever met. With nonsense like that and your friends in the CIA. I thought you would be another spider, hiding under the rug, sneaking out to bite. I have met them, these soldiers of god. That's not you. You're not even a good patsy. You think too much for yourself. And you care so much about individuals! It's all personal for you isn't it? You're a fucking civilian!"

    Although perhaps just a small blip on the grand radar screen of the literary world, Homeland: Phantom Pain is a release worth mentioning. Showtime and Audible came together to create this free 30-minute audiobook, narrated by Sergeant Nicholas Brody himself, Damian Lewis. A noir glimpse into Brody's journey between Seasons 1 and 2, Phantom Pain is a chance to see what we miss when we can only spend an hour a week with these characters.

    Lewis is a fantastic narrator, which isn't always a given when actors turn to story narration. We can't forget Molly Ringwald's bracing performance of The Middlesteins, in which it seemed she was gasping her way through each line almost desperate for the book to end. Lewis's narration is understated but comes across as softer than he portrays his character on the show, and there is something irresistibly charming about him writing a letter to Carrie: "I tried to imagine what you were doing at that very moment. All mussed up in your bed or all put together in your suit, with your ID tag clipped to the pocket." Lewis manages to convey emotion without distracting from the words he's reading, which can be quite a challenge. Narrators must walk a fine line between blasé and hokey, Lewis does it well.

    The story here is poignant for both the main characters on the show, and emphasizes a bit of the love story that has been lost in this second season without getting sappy. I was skeptical of listening to this at all, even thought I downloaded it quite a while ago, as I thought a TV tie-in work of fiction would be pretty low quality. I think anyone who likes to read and watches the show will be pleasantly surprised, however. This isn't an adventure style promo-piece, it is a great addition to the show that gives us a realistic glimpse into Brody's struggle to come to terms with being the most wanted man in the world, traveling in foreign lands, with memorable and untrustworthy characters.

    This would make sense with Homeland, as with many of the TV shows as of late. As Difficult Men, a book I recently reviewed noted, TV has gone through a sort of cultural renaissance. Where it was once considered fairly low brow (and certainly, much of it still is), TV shows like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Wire, and certainly Homeland can claim to be works of art on par with many movies or books. It would then make sense that this type of television translates more successfully into literature.

    The buzz is that more of these stories are on the way... We can only hope!

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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 11-13-13
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 11-13-13 Member Since 2012

    I just achieved App Scholar!! 1000 hours in 1 yr 7 mo and 10 days!!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible

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    "Love the show!!!"

    Brody gives you a quick timeline of how he got out of the country and what was going through his mind!! If you watch the show take a quick min. and finish this book.

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    Sylvie Robertville, New Brunswick, Canada 11-01-13
    Sylvie Robertville, New Brunswick, Canada 11-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Delving deeper into my favorite tv show."
    Where does Homeland: Phantom Pain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Quite high, though it was only one chapter it was very entertaining. Having the actual actor doing the reading is fantastic.


    What other book might you compare Homeland: Phantom Pain to and why?

    Hmm, I can't really think of anything this compares to. I'm not usually a big reader of this type of story but I love this one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Brody resolves himself to his fate was the most compelling scene though nothing of this chapter could be called 'favorite', it's just a small look at a small part of a big picture.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Homeland: The Hiding


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the download - wish there was more - hope there will be more very soon!

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    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 10-18-13
    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com

    I am finding it difficult to review a story as short as Homeland: Phantom Pain. It felt like I should have know something about something happening within. I didn't. This was a very brief introduction of sorts to what could become a fairly entertaining series in the future. I like military thriller type stories with complex characters heavy action and espionage. Sadly this audiobook had none of that. However it was good enough to peak my interest and I will be checking out any future additions.

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    Peterack Alexandria, VA 11-22-13
    Peterack Alexandria, VA 11-22-13
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    "A "Nothing""
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A more involved story, than just a one page monologue.


    Has Free: Homeland: Phantom Pain turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Damian Lewis?

    No one. He IS reading the character he plays on the series.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment for sure. Could have done a lot more with this.


    Any additional comments?

    The price was right (free) and it was thankfully short, so not a total waste of time...but close.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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