©1990 Robert Littell; (P)2003 New Millennium Audio, All Rights Reserved
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.
The ending. Unless there's a sequel I don't know about.......there definitely should be....
Say something about yourself!
After "The Company," I wanted more Littell. Three other books by this author, including "Once and Future Spy," have not measured up.
No. Aside from the fact that I don't listen to stuff twice, it just isn't worth a second listening.
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!
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.
Yes The Company was a great read and Brick did a great job.
Yes same as above. Maybe he just needed time to mature as a writer.d
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.
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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