Malcolm disappears into the streets of Washington, hoping to evade the killers long enough to unravel the conspiracy - but will that be enough to save his life?
BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction written and read by author James Grady.
©2008 James Grady; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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I was not sure about this book when I started but by the end it was very enjoyable albeit fairly short. It is a fast and action packed book. I have never seen the movie I may now. Excellent novel if you like the Thiller / Spy genere of books.
Nope, because I've seen the movie so many times.
No, its a little slow. Had trouble keeping track of the names.
The love store isn't believable. I can see why they re-worked the book for the movie. Still a great read. Probably would have been better if I wasn't such a huge fan of the movie.
I gave this book one star because a lower rating is not an option. If you are considering this book because you liked the film, don't!! Typically, films are (bad) summaries of the movies with condensed characters and simplified plots. That is NOT the case here. Any association between the superb movie "The Three Days of the Condor" and this book is casual at best. How the film is an "adaptation" of this laugahbly bad b-rated story defies explanation. The movie has a much more complicated plot, better developed characters, darker social commentary, and immensely superior dialogue.
The book reads (or hears in this case) as the teenage fantasy of a reluctant James Bond character (Ronald Malcom in the book, Joe Turner in the movie) who spends 6 days eluding the CIA, the police, the FBI etc. while seducing women (who unlike the character of F. Dunaway in the film) believes him immediately, agrees to help him, and sleeps with him, almost immediately after meeting him. The "bad guys" have ludicrous motivations for their deeds, and Malcom's revenge in the end is laughable. In the film the Joubert evades justice and is re-hired by the CIA and has probably one of the most memorable exchanges in spy films with J. Turner. Joubert in the book is laughably inconsistent. I could go on and on listing the numerous inconsistencies, outrageous coincidences, and idiotic plot twists from the book but it is hardly worth it. My recommendation to you, watch the film again, if you want to listen to something, listen to the film.
Its in the upper 25%. The story is fairly intense and Condor is quite creative. The narrator adds a lot to the overall rating. Four stars on the story because the ending wasn't as tight as the rest of the story. Nick Sullivan was five stars on this one.
It feeds my middle-aged male fantasy. Condor reads spy novels; I read spy novels. Condor is being chased by assassins; I might be chased by an assassin...hey...it could happen. Condor, armed with his spy novel education, surprises the spy world by outsmarting them repeatedly; I might outsmart a spy....well you get the picture.
The old man and Wendy.
I have two:1) The worst bad day at work ever...2) I am soooo calling HR when this is over.
The book is set in the 70's which levels the playing field for Condor and forces the writer to be more creative. Modern books sometimes get carried away with technology. Also, in modern spy novels you can overcome any plot problem with some new spy tech "the public doesn't know exists" which can make writers lazy. Condor's solutions were actually inventive and didn't employ the far-fetched tricks in some of our modern stories.
This is the rare instance where the movie was better than the book. I liked the author discussing the differences between his work and the screen play. It was very interesting. As a first try the book is ok, but not the very fine story the screenplay became. The changes to the female character and the villan were much more interesting in the movie than they were in the book.
The underlying premise of the story is great and the story flows well, as does the narration.
I did find it a bit of a stretch to think that someone who was not a field agent would have all the skills needed to take on the "bad guys" in the way the hero does....(which is why I went for 3 stars - the underlying plot is more 4+)... but it is fiction after all.
Never-the-less it kept me listening and wanting to come back for more until it was finished.
The narration was well modulated and clear.
This is a terrific story and I enjoyed the update in the prologue about how the story was viewed as factual by the Soviets who then set up a special department themselves. The narrator was fine but not exceptional.
Yes, this is a great spy thriller. Definitely a "page turner". It is quite different than the movie which is "Three Days of the Condor" because it takes place over longer time so more details and depth are provided.
I enjoyed the book. Great storyline, excellent plot, and well written. However, was written in the '70s and a felt little dated. I'm from that era, and I felt comfortably nostalgic. The narration was perfect, and I was completely absorbed.
James Grady's introduction to the book was useful and made the audiobook experience more meaningful.
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