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Legends Audiobook
Legends
Written by: 
Robert Littell
Narrated by: 
Grover Gardner
Legends Audiobook

Legends: A Novel of Dissimulation

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

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

What Members Say

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    Dave PS Ellicott City, MD United States 04-08-16
    Dave PS Ellicott City, MD United States 04-08-16

    David

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    "Disappointment"
    What would have made Legends better?

    A plot.


    What was most disappointing about Robert Littell’s story?

    The story seemed to be more about the main character and his inability to figure out who he really was, than any plot.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    One of the skills of a narrator is to make it clear what character is talking by the tone he selects for the characters voice, and I have to congratulate Grover Gardner. How he was able to keep track of characters in this story blew my mind.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading the Company which I thought was an outstanding book, I was raring to go on this one, and I find it difficult to put into words how disappointed I was. I listened to the whole story and if someone asked me to summarize what it was about.....other than some odd character struggling to figure out who he actually was, I would have to say that I have no idea what the plot was about! To be fair, he did introduce some very interesting characters, but what seemed to be missing was a plot and structure to hold them all together. The book seemed to lurch from one weird incident to the next.

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    Taniqua Detroit, MI, United States 11-23-14
    Taniqua Detroit, MI, United States 11-23-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Not What I Expected"
    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book because I enjoyed the TV series inspired by it. Only the basic premise was the same and this was a bit of a let down. Once I got over the difference between the book and the series, I started to enjoy the book a little more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 04-04-13
    John 04-04-13
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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 07-01-10
    Thomas 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
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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