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The Once and Future Spy: A Novel of Obsession | [Robert Littell]

The Once and Future Spy: A Novel of Obsession

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.
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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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    Tish 04-04-14
    Tish 04-04-14 Member Since 2012
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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 2010

    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 2011
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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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    Kenneth 03-20-13
    Kenneth 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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    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.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    John Eau Claire, WI, United States 09-10-03
    John Eau Claire, WI, United States 09-10-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Keeps drawing the reader further and further in"

    One of the best spy novels I've listened to in a long time. Each chapter keeps drawing the listener in further and further with question after question piling up.
    The ending is still driving me nuts! (In a good way) I'm going to have to listen to it again to see if I missed anything and to try to figure it all out. I really hated to see it come to an end. Totally unpredictable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Roswell, GA, USA 07-28-03
    Tim Roswell, GA, USA 07-28-03
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    "Not Very Entertaining"

    For the first time in probably 50 audiobooks, I didn't bother to finish reading this one. I made it through the first 3 CD's and gave up.

    It's possible that the book gets better towards the end, but the beginning is just boring. My take on this is that the author was spending way too much time on mindless details and not enough time developing the story or trying to get the reader interested.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eli New York 07-29-03
    Eli New York 07-29-03 Member Since 2001
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    "ho-hum"

    Littel has let me down. His last book The Company was far superior, even though it took me weeks of commuting to get through it. The ending of this one was disappointing as well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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