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Legends: A Novel of Dissimulation | [Robert Littell]

Legends: A Novel of Dissimulation

It's a deadly dilemma for Martin Odum: both remembering and forgetting his past are dangerous options. A discharged CIA agent turned private detective, Odum is struggling through a labyrinth of memories from past identities, "legends", in CIA parlance. Is he really Martin Odum? Or is he Dante Pippen, IRA explosives specialist? Or Lincoln Dittmann, Civil War expert? Or another, hidden legend?
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It's a deadly dilemma for Martin Odum: both remembering and forgetting his past are dangerous options. A discharged CIA agent turned private detective, Odum is struggling through a labyrinth of memories from past identities, "legends", in CIA parlance. Is he really Martin Odum? Or is he Dante Pippen, IRA explosives specialist? Or Lincoln Dittmann, Civil War expert? Or another, hidden legend?

When Stella Kastner asks Odum to find her missing brother-in-law, Odum's ex-boss from the CIA shows up to order him off the case. Odum takes it anyway, embarking on a search that leads him around the world battling mortal danger and psychological disorientation.

©2005 Robert Littell; (P)2005 The Audio Partners

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"Wonderful writing and a great sense of fun make this another winner." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Mary Madison, WI, United States 10-05-14
    Mary Madison, WI, United States 10-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Dry as Dust"
    What disappointed you about Legends?

    It was boring and repetitive. Even the suspense, such as it was, was boring.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Littell again?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Legends?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Jonathan 08-28-14
    Jonathan 08-28-14 Member Since 2011
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    "great twist and turns"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, it's a captivating story


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes, fallowing the story time line jumping around makes for a interesting story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The way the different legends entangle


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John San Rafael, CA, United States 07-11-14
    John San Rafael, CA, United States 07-11-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Almost "goofy" in its back and forth storyline"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    What could Robert Littell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Focused more on the core storyline and less on the multiple "legends".


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    My reaction was one of some confusion and disappointment in the clutter in the story telling approach.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 04-04-13
    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 04-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Another great story from Littell"

    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.

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    Pat 11-22-12
    Pat 11-22-12
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    "Not for me"
    Would you try another book from Robert Littell and/or Grover Gardner?

    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.


    What could Robert Littell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I never understand why Audible asks this question.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Grover Gardner's voice makes me feel like I am reading the book


    Did Legends inspire you to do anything?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't discourage anyone else to try it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Portland, OR, United States 07-01-10
    Thomas Portland, OR, United States 07-01-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Not so good"

    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.

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    Dan 04-23-10
    Dan 04-23-10
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    "A bit slow...tough to listen to the narrator"

    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.

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    Dan Fayetteville, AR, United States 04-02-07
    Dan Fayetteville, AR, United States 04-02-07 Member Since 2013
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    "Just too confusing"

    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.

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    Barry Santa Rosa, CA, USA 09-07-06
    Barry Santa Rosa, CA, USA 09-07-06 Member Since 2007
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    "This is a Legend"

    This is an outstanding audio book. If you like the spy genre, Littell is one the best and it shows in this audio book. Very interesting from the first word to the last word. Excellent production value and narration. I couldn't stop listening to this on my ipod and even got a little paint on it when I tried to listen while painting my shed. Well, it was worth it

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    Marilyn Armstrong 06-16-06 Member Since 2002
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    "Really complex mystery! Great read!"

    Littell writes incredibly complex story lines and this one even for him, is an enigma wrapped around half a dozen puzzles. I loved it from start to finish. There are multiple stories inside stories inside stories. Makes your brain itch. Great book!

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