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The Once and Future Spy Audiobook

The Once and Future Spy: A Novel of Obsession

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An elite plan is afoot, a plan so secret and dangerous that its existence is known only to a tiny group of specialists within the innermost core of the CIA. There is virtually no paper trail - but somehow the plan has sprung a leak and the plotters must urgently plug it - or face deadly consequences.

©1990 Robert Littell; (P)2003 New Millennium Audio, All Rights Reserved

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    Steve 's-HertogenboschNetherlands 09-10-03
    Steve 's-HertogenboschNetherlands 09-10-03
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    "Don't read this book at once"

    Strange book. The first 2 hours are not page turners (how do you call that for audibles?). Then it gets into gear. So does Scott Brick (who does an excellent job!). Robert did a fine job by mixing a historic novell into a modern story (although in the beginning I though that I had a part of a different book included.
    The characters are hardly made clear (enough left for your imagination).
    The end is rushed (so it seems to me) and leaves enough room for the main characters to appear as spies for another countries agency.
    For non US readers: the American history is somewhat unclear and makes it hard to understand.
    I don't think that you should listen to this book in one sit. Let the chapters sink in, give it some time (at least after the first 2 hours) so what is narrated is getting clearer.
    It was my first Robert Littell and at the same time the last.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lyndie 08-28-15
    Lyndie 08-28-15
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    "Disappointed for the first time Mr Littell"


    Yet, I have read and loved Mr Littell's books in the past. I ignored reviews and purchased this title despite the warnings against it.

    Sinister evil characters in and around the CIA betray and destroy a good man's mind. Destroy the love and confidence of the woman in his life, another character with a broken wing. Mr Littell is fond of those women in his book she re appears re incarnated, wounded and saved by the CIA agent. Except this one. Don't get me wrong, these are not live stories, not in any way.

    There were lines repeated word for word by Silas and his forebear of Independence fighter, Nash over many chapters. Even the whole conversations if past characters are repeated by the present story. For me, it made for tedious listening.

    The attempted death death scenes are truly bizarre, bloody incredulous.

    Spoiler

    If the entire story was a fantasy in Silas's mind, it is understandable that the attempts may be strangely executed. Yet the most bizarre murder attempt of all is witnessed.

    The rest of the book is slow, it felt like treading water for hours before getting somewhere.

    The ending was confusing, it made no sense to me in either context presented. There was not anything suggesting Snow would betray Silas again.
    No tidying up if loose ends to help the listener understand.

    A huge departure from the brilliant books like The Company. Read that instead, it is wonderful.

    Left me flat and feeling duped of my credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Wells 05-16-15
    Lori Wells 05-16-15
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    "disappointed"

    Disappointed in the story,. I kept on listening hoping for an improvement,what a let down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John 04-04-15
    John 04-04-15
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    "Littell is the master story teller"

    Littell has not let me down once. All of his books have great characters, a plot that moves along at a good pace, and with a great finale. Brick is a great pairing for Littell as well. Wish I could find more authors like Littell. This book might not be his best but still it is five star worthy. Highly recommend for anyone into espionage books.

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    Team 03-29-15
    Team 03-29-15
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    "An enjoyable read"

    The Once and Future Spy is a good yarn, the concept behind the secret is complex, plausible and scary as hell. Do I think there are people in the government capable of instigating a program like the one described as the book? Absolutely. I do wish the story had been told with fewer gimmicks. The redundant scenes probably worked better in print.

    Overall a solid read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tish 04-04-14
    Tish 04-04-14
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    "Stupid Ending!!!!"
    Would you try another book from Robert Littell and/or Scott Brick?

    Scott Brick as always was fantanstic. I have no idea why the book had such drama throughout and then ended the way it did. Completely let down by it.


    What was most disappointing about Robert Littell’s story?

    The ending. Unless there's a sequel I don't know about.......there definitely should be....


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    The Weeder


    Was The Once and Future Spy worth the listening time?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Great Falls, MT, United States 03-01-14
    Michael Great Falls, MT, United States 03-01-14 Member Since 2005

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Disappointed"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    After "The Company," I wanted more Littell. Three other books by this author, including "Once and Future Spy," have not measured up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Bloggs WASHINGTON, IL, United States 09-05-13
    Joe Bloggs WASHINGTON, IL, United States 09-05-13 Member Since 2011

    Simple Joe

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    "Interesting Concept"
    Would you listen to The Once and Future Spy again? Why?

    No. Aside from the fact that I don't listen to stuff twice, it just isn't worth a second listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nate.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When I was wondering what was true and what was made up. The whole concept of "maybe the main character is crazy" is very interesting, but as a reader/listener I want real answers damn it!


    Any additional comments?

    The author really gets you with this book, and in doing so perhaps gives the reader a taste of what being a spy is really like. You really don't know what's real and what is an evil plot. You might think you know, but careful analysis shows that not knowing is all a part of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Suwanee, GA, United States 04-08-13
    Gary Suwanee, GA, United States 04-08-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Definitely not "The Company""
    Would you try another book from Robert Littell and/or Scott Brick?

    Yes The Company was a great read and Brick did a great job.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Littell again?

    Yes same as above. Maybe he just needed time to mature as a writer.d


    What character would you cut from The Once and Future Spy?

    Nate


    Any additional comments?

    The back and forth between the civil war and present was hard to follow. The characters and their names were almost comical. Story was "disjointed". I stopped listening halfway through part two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Dishonest"

    (Spoiler warning). I was drawn to this novel after listening to Littell's The Company and a couple of other novels of lesser renown. Initially, I was intrigued by the "story within a story" plot lines: the last days of the patriot Nathan Hale, as told by a modern descendent, "The Weeder" of the CIA, who himself has discovered a plot to nuke an Iranian city by rogue government agents, who want to kill him for his discovery. All of the mystery and suspense of the latter story line is revealed to be as bogus as the imagined narrative of Hale's capture and execution, both stories a product of the main character's psychosis. I felt incredibly cheated by this revelation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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